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GPB's Book Camp For High School

Whether your teenager is just entering high school, or is looking at their senior year, we have some suggestions about great books to read this summer.

Ga. Withdraws From Testing Consortium

State officials say Georgia is withdrawing from a consortium to create standardized tests aligned with Common Core curriculum. State School Superintendent John Barge and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to ensure that Georgia officials maintain control of the state's academic standards and testing.

Atlanta Schools Spend More On Admin

State records show Atlanta Public Schools spends more on administrator salaries than most other districts in the region, despite dropping enrollment, a low graduation rate and low test scores.

Streamlining School Meal Assistance

Georgia will become one of 10 states to participate in a federal program aimed at improving the way students get free or reduced-price lunches at school. At least two school districts in metro Atlanta — Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools — have signed up so far for the Community Eligibility Option.

Teen Drivers Earn Scholarships

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded $10,500 in scholarships to members of its teen advisory commission. The commissioners were appointed to the panel by Gov. Nathan Deal. They asked for harsher penalties for teens who are caught driving while sending text messages or using smartphones.

Ga. Regents Creating Confucius Institute

Georgia Regents University has partnered with a Chinese university to create an institute focused on advancing Chinese language studies and enhancing multicultural awareness. Georgia Regents University officials said Wednesday the Confucius Institute is a partnership between GRU and Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Students Struggling With Algebra

Georgia students earned higher scores on many end-of-course exams this year than in 2012, but more than 60 percent failed to meet state standards in algebra. About 63 percent of students who took the algebra test this spring failed to meet state standards, according to results the Georgia Department of Education released Wednesday.

Common Core Tests Too Pricey?

National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments. A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says he is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments.

Year's First Case Of West Nile Virus In GA

Health officials say they've confirmed this year's first human case of West Nile virus in Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health says the case was confirmed Monday. Officials say the adult patient from Brantley County recovered without hospitalization after being infected in May.

Bryan County Man Leads National PTA

The new national PTA president says he wants to stanch a decline in membership. Southeast Georgia aviation operations analyst Otha Thornton last month became the group's first African-American male top leader. The PTA has lost a million participants over the past 10 years. It's down to five million members.

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