The Georgia Department of Education has released a list of 156 schools labeled as "focus" schools under the state's new accountability system. The schools are one step above the state's worst performing schools — called "priority" schools — which were named last week.
The Georgia Department of Education Tuesday released a list of the 78 worst performing schools in the state as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The list identifies the state's "priority" schools — those that consistently perform poorly on tests or have low graduation rates.
The Associated Press has learned that President Barack Obama will free 10 states Thursday from the strict requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law. A White House official says Georgia is among the states.
Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge says he expects to hear by the end of the month whether the state has received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. Barge spoke to state lawmakers during a budget hearing Tuesday.
Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia will join a host of other states in seeking a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law. Deal says Georgia education officials are working on a new accountability system that would look at student growth, Advanced Placement scores, SAT scores and attendance, among other measures.
A long-underperforming Savannah high school appears to be making good on its federal turnaround money. Beach High School hasn't met academic standards for Adequate Yearly Progress since the No Child Left Behind Law was passed nine years ago. Based on test results, though, officials say, they believe Beach will make AYP for the first time ever.
Big changes are in store for one of Savannah's worst public schools. The new principal at Groves High School on Monday was scheduled to tell parents about a plan to turn around one of three Savannah schools where officials fired half the teachers in a bid to boost performance. Groves had been on No Child Left Behind's Needs Improvement list for five years.
This week, GPB is focusing on the problem of childhood obesity in the state. The statistics have reached epidemic levels. Georgia ranks second in the nation for children who are obese or overweight. Experts say kids need to be more physically active in order to drop the pounds and avoid heart disease and diabetes down the road. But a new study says exercise doesn’t just make kids healthier it may actually make them smarter.