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Regents Want More Medical Residencies

Meeting this week, a Board of Regents committee said the state needs to entice more hospitals to offer residency training for newly graduated doctors. Right now, the state does not have enough slots in its medical residency programs for students completing medical school. So hundreds of would-be doctors have to go outside Georgia to get the training they need. And then they’re much less likely to come back and practice in Georgia, where there is already a shortage of doctors.

Savannah State Gets Interim President

A University of Georgia administrator has been named the interim president at Savannah State University.

GBI Focusing On Atlanta Test Cheating

Several Georgia school systems face scrutiny for possible cheating on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. Students in first through eighth grades take the test to gauge their learning levels.

Deal Signs School Board Bill

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Wednesday that will allow him to remove board members of school systems that are in danger of losing accreditation. He's preparing to act on the bill if the Atlanta Public Schools do not regain full accreditation by July 1.

School Districts Face Budget Challenges

Local school districts are in the midst of crafting their budgets for the next calendar year in the fall. But whether districts can avoid more teacher furloughs may depend on how much federal money they were able to save from last year.

State College Tuition Going Up

Georgia college students will have to pay up to $450 more per semester in tuition and fees starting this fall. The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition to deal with a massive shortfall because of state budget cuts, skyrocketing enrollment and dried-up federal stimulus money. The state's 35 colleges and universities are set to lose $346 million in funding for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Deal Appoints Donor To Board

Deal announced Monday that Neal Pruitt Jr., CEO of Atlanta-based health care company UHS-Pruitt Corp., will join the 18-member board. The board oversees the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

Schools Boost Security For CRCT

Some Georgia schools have added security measures for a high-stakes test this month. Students statewide are taking the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state is sending test monitors into schools previously suspected in cheating scandals. Atlanta schools have the most serious charges and security.

Private Colleges Raise Tuition

Public colleges and universities likely to raise tuition. Private schools already announce tuition hikes between 3-5 percent. Student loan depbt outpacing credit card debt for first time.

Regents Set Tuition Tuesday

The chancellor of the University System of Georgia has warned of tuition hikes because of shrinking state funding for universities and growing enrollment. The Board of Regents will decide next year's tuition rates at its Tuesday meeting.