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Court Firm On Charter School Decision

The Georgia Supreme Court says it will not reconsider its decision to overturn part of the state’s charter-school law. Sixteen charter schools left in limbo by the decision are now trying to find other ways to open this fall. Some are going back to the local districts that originally refused to approve them.

Teachers Compete For Jobs

A national education non-profit is sending hundreds of teachers to metro Atlanta public schools. Local educators say those jobs should go to Georgians.

Teacher Evaluations Get A Face-Lift

The new evaluations will fulfill a pledge the state made in its Race to the Top application. Board members acknowledge the new evaluations will be controversial. Half of teachers’ evaluations will depend on how well their students perform on state tests.

CRCT Results Show Gains in Math

More Georgia students are passing the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests. The 2011 results released Thursday show the passage rate is up in almost every grade and content area.The state made the largest gains in Math—a subject that has been troublesome for Georgia students overall in the past.

Ga. Wants To Spend $758-K On Teacher Evaluation System

Georgia wants to spend $758,000 in federal grant money to hire a team to develop a system to evaluate teachers and school administrators based on student performance.

Lawmakers Mull Keeping Charter Schools Open

Lawmakers and education officials gathered Friday to mull options for the 16 state-approved charter schools invalidated last month by the state Supreme Court. Officials said the schools have two short term options: Get approval from local school districts that originally rejected them, or become state special schools.

Computer GED Test, Higher Fees Delayed

State officials are delaying the rollout of a computer-based high school equivalency test until at least early next year. And because of that, a planned increase in testing fees will be delayed as well. The fees will stay at $95 to take the full GED.

State Lawmakers To Review Options On Charter Schools

State lawmakers are holding a special meeting to address the Georgia Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of the state's charter school law. State Sen. Fran Millar scheduled the meeting Friday to discuss what plans education officials and lawmakers are developing to respond to the ruling.

Tech Schools Trim Budgets Amid High Enrollment

Georgia’s technical colleges have experienced “historically high” enrollment for well over a year. But it hasn't translated into more money for the System’s budget.

Local Control at Heart of Charter Debate

Lawyers for a group of charter schools ruled unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court asked the court this afternoon to reconsider the decision. They’re arguing that the decision will force the courts to play too large a role in setting education policy. The legal fight highlights a question being asked about charter schools in the south and across the country: Who should decide where a school can open, and why?