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American Promise: 13 Year Documentary Examines The Education of Two Black Boys

For 13 years, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson turned the cameras on their son Idris Brewster and his best friend Seun Summers as they attended one of the most prestigious private schools in New York City.  The result of editing more than 500 hours of footage into 135 minutes is the documentary, "American Promise", a film that chronicles the difficulties two boys face as black males in a predominantly white institution. GPB spoke with the directors about the film and how they plan to continue the conversation around black male achievement.

Columbus State Launches Year-Long Look At Civil Rights Movement

The history department at Columbus State University is peering back into America’s civil rights struggle and its local ties to Georgia. The university has launched a year-long initiative to examine the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Are College Graduates Workforce Ready?

University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby says colleges have complained for years that high school graduates are not prepared for higher education. Now the system is stepping back and owning up to its share of responsibility for high school graduates’ lack of preparation, starting with evaluating teacher education.

Feds Launch Inquiry Into Teen's Mysterious Death

U.S. Attorney Michael Moore says he's opening an investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson. 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found dead inside a school gym wrestling mat. Johnson’s parents pushed for the Department of Justice to open the case after Lowndes county officials ruled the death an accident.

UGA, Clarke Schools Partner

The University of Georgia and the Clarke County School District have launched a new initiative aimed at bringing K-12 students to the university every year to learn more about college. The initiative, called Experience UGA, will include annual field trips starting in kindergarten.

Students Lost HOPE, Left School

More than 11,000 Georgians lost HOPE grants to attend state technical colleges when the state Legislature imposed tougher academic requirements in 2011, and more than half have not re-enrolled in school as of this fall, according to Technical College System of Georgia statistics.

How Good Are Georgia Teachers?

Georgia education leaders plan to add a new method of evaluation to measure how well teachers perform once they start working in the classroom. Starting this year, education majors will be tracked for five years after they graduate to see how well they perform on the job.

These Kids Will Actually Ask You For Vegetables

You probably won't have a problem getting the kids at Centennial Place Elementary to eat their vegetables. The school is part of the Atlanta Public Farm-to-School program. If you stroll into the schoolyard, don't be surprised to find students planting kale. But the project is much more than your average school garden.

Expert Invites More Black Students To Science

There are far too few black students in science, math and technology programs, according to a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Cardinal Warde spoke Tuesday to a group of students at Fort Valley State University, a historically black college in middle Georgia. Warde, an MIT engineering professor, said black students lag behind others in science, technology, engineering and math programs also known as STEM education.

Erosion Threatens Coastal History

The remains of a Spanish and Native American settlement are falling into a creek. Archaeologists are busy documenting the site. But officials are discussing a long-term solution to protect the site of a 16th Century Spanish church.