Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in the system's cheating scandal, informing them they can resign next week or face being fired.
Georgia is applying for more federal "Race to the Top" money, this time for early learning. The Obama administration announced in May that states could compete for part of $500 million aimed at encouraging better coordination and clearer learning standards for early education programs. It's the third round of the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" competition.
Atlanta schools embroiled in a cheating scandal may have to pay back up to $260,000 in federal money for high-performing, low-income schools. Matt Cardoza, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education, said Wednesday that state officials are trying to determine whether any of the 44 schools accused of cheating on 2009 standardized tests will have to return money.
Nearly a quarter of Georgia's public high school students studied a foreign language last year - a big jump from the 17 percent who enrolled the year before. That’s a surprise considering the state abandoned its foreign language graduation requirement two years ago when it switched to a single diploma program.
The national spotlight on Atlanta’s school-cheating scandal has caused other school districts to take stock and begin taking action to prevent such widespread cheating in their schools. Testing leaders in districts around Georgia said that while the case for alarm in most of the state wasn’t as great, Atlanta’s crisis does provide an incentive for refining their own test security procedures and for re-training their employees.
Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to continue a state probe into possible cheating on standardized tests in Dougherty County schools. Deal said Thursday he has authorized two special investigators to complete the probe they began nearly a year ago. The governor had said earlier in the week that the south Georgia school district was dropped from a state investigation because he was satisfied with the district's internal probe.
The troubled Atlanta Public School system has a new superintendent. The city’s school board today hired its interim leader, former University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll Davis, to a one-year contract today.
The College of Coastal Georgia has announced a new scholarship to help students amid state cuts to HOPE funds. Coastal Georgia has some of the lowest tuition costs in the state, and the $1000 scholarships will likely cover the 10% cuts to HOPE scholarships.
After decades of discussion, people in south Georgia’s Lowndes County will vote in November whether to unify the Valdosta and Lowndes county school systems. A group called Community Unification for Education Excellence or CUEE has petitioned enough signatures to vote on whether to rescind the Valdosta City Schools charter. That would bring it under the Lowndes County system.
Atlanta Public School’s interim superintendent Erroll Davis plans Thursday to present his plan for moving forward in the wake of a state investigation that found cheating at more than 40 schools. One problem he may need to address: the city could need an influx of teachers before the start of school.