Georgia educators will soon implement new programs for the state’s youngest students. Governor Nathan Deal announced Thursday the state was one of six to earn a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont were also awarded RTT-ELC grants.
Time is running out for people taking the current GED test. They have until Dec. 31 to complete all five portions of the high school equivalency exam. A new GED begins in January, and anyone who hasn’t completed the current exam will have to start over. This is the first change to the test in 12 years. The Technical College System administers the GED. Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner of adult education, says the new test is geared to better prepare students for college and careers.
The graduation rate in Georgia’s public high schools is up nearly two percent this year, according to figures released Wednesday. For the first time in three years, 71 percent of Georgia high school students received a diploma. This is the third year Georgia has used the adjusted Cohort Graduation rate, a more rigorous measure that allows the state to compare itself to the rest of the country.
Though Steve Smith is about midway through a one-year stint as interim leader of Bibb County schools, he says there is still a way to go to improve the school system.
Educators want the state to give them more flexibility to make budget and classroom decisions. That has been one of the consistent requests Representative Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, and others on the joint education committee have received as they have toured the state over the last few months.
Pent-up patient demand wasn’t the only magnet that drew Arthritis Center of North Georgia to Athens. The group knew that a new supply of future doctors was coming on line in Athens.
In a ruling issued Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court said Governor Nathan Deal acted within his authority when he suspended six members of the DeKalb County School Board in February.
University of Georgia president Jere Morehead was formally invested as the school’s President in a ceremony in Athens on Nov. 19. Morehead was named President of the University of Georgia earlier this year. At Tuesday’s ceremony, Morehead promised to do his best to live up to the university’s expectations. He stressed that students are and will remain his first priority.
A brand new 1.7 million dollar library in Twiggs County is set to close Tuesday night due to lack of funds. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal joined local officials in cutting the ribbon just two weeks ago.