The State Board of Education Thursday approved a resolution to allow local school districts across the state to decide if they will make up school days missed due to the recent winter storms. Matt Cardoza, spokesman for the Department of Education says state law requires schools to be in session 180 days or its equivalent.
With Superintendent John Barge under pressure for his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools, the Georgia Department of Education has declared its neutrality on the Nov. 6 referendum. The agency is scrolling an alert across its webpage stating that it "takes no position" on the vote. The message doesn't mention Barge.
State education officials will decide in February whether to keep cursive in the curriculum. The flowing style of handwriting isn't mentioned in a new set of teaching guidelines adopted last year. Some educators doubt that cursive is critical to what students need to know in the 21st Century.
More Georgia students in Advanced Placement courses had higher scores in their exams than their national counterparts. The department of Education says 11.4 percent of Georgia AP test takers scored a 3, 4 or 5 compared to 8.3 percent nationwide.