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9 Ga. 'Blue Ribbon' Schools

The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing eight Georgia public schools and one private school as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools. State education officials announced the awards Tuesday. Nationally, 264 public and 50 private schools were recognized for their overall academic excellence or for making progress in closing the achievement gap.

Education Secretary Asks Executives To Lobby Congress

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked business executives at a summit in Atlanta to pressure their Congressmen to support additional funding for early childhood education.

Collaboration Is The Future

Some of the state's -- and the nation's -- top thinkers in education and innovation were in Atlanta Monday to discuss ways the city and the state can improve schools, keep top talent and prepare for the future. The occasion was the inaugural Colab Summit.

Mercer's First Black Student Returns

Mercer University marks 50th year anniversary of integration

State Cracks Down On Childcare Centers

State officials say they're cracking down on child care centers that have been issued safety violations. Department of Early Care and Learning Bobby Cagle said inspectors are taking an especially close look at child care centers that have been cited for transportation issues, including failing to check that children have gotten off of buses and vans.

Ninth Graders Must Choose A Career Pathway

This is the first year that incoming ninth graders across Georgia will have to choose a career pathway. The state hopes the program will help reduce a dismal high school graduation rate.

Tybee Island Opens Public School

Tybee Island has its first public school in 25 years. The Tybee Island Maritime Academy is changing the image of this beachfront community. It's attracting students from around the country and around the block.

Summit Links Local Produce To Pre-K

Organizers of Georgia’s first-ever Farm to Preschool Summit Friday and Saturday hope to help educators bring local fruits and vegetables into the classroom – as subject matter and nourishment. The summit will gather 200 people from across Georgia to learn the best ways to incorporate more local produce into lesson plans and meals for preschoolers.

Service, Not Suspension

Some students who get in trouble in an east Georgia school system will be doing community service projects instead of being suspended. Richmond County's school board approved the program this week. It gives principals the option of assigning community service projects to students instead of short-term suspension for discipline issues.

Board Of Regents Requesting $1.93 Billion

The Georgia Board of Regents has signed off on a $1.93 billion budget request for fiscal year 2015, which represents a 2.6 percent increase over the year before. The request was adopted Wednesday by the board and now heads to the governor's office for consideration.