Some Georgia cafeterias are getting ahead of expected federal guidelines that virtually would banish the potato from school lunches. The US Agriculture Department is formulating a proposal that would drastically reduce the humble spud from school cafeterias. The new guidelines aren't expect to take effect until next year, but coastal Glynn County schools already has started to serve potatoes just once each week.
Some Georgia schools have added security measures for a high-stakes test this month. Students statewide are taking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state is sending test monitors into schools previously suspected in cheating scandals. Atlanta schools have the most serious charges and security.
School officials in coastal Brunswick are experimenting with a new kind of high school -- a night school for dropouts. If enough former students enroll, the school will let dropouts under-21 earn diplomas during the evening, from 4-10pm. School officials say, the aim is to educate dropouts who now might have some kind of employment or other daily tasks.