Hundreds of charter school teachers, students and supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol to protest the state Supreme Court’s rejection of the state’s power to open the schools. The students, who attend schools opened by the state Charter Schools Commission, called on legislators to find a way to keep their schools open.
A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.
Several school districts sued after the state started approving charter schools the districts had denied.
A group of public and private colleges in Georgia has formed a consortium to promote and improve engineering education in the state. They will look for ways to expand engineering education in the state.
Test scores released by the Georgia Department of Education today showed that more students failed the math section of their high school graduation exams this year. Sixteen percent of students who sat for the Georgia High School Graduation Test for the first time this year flunked math. That’s up from 9 percent from last year.
The University System of Georgia is expanding the state’s nursing programs. The Board of Regents Tuesday approved a measure that will allow Darton College in Albany, and Georgia Highlands College in Rome, to offer four-year programs in nursing. Georgia could be 38,000 nurses short in 10 years, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The state Board of Regents has approved the merger of two private foundations benefiting the University of Georgia. The UGA Foundation and the Arch Foundation are joining forces after an ongoing feud led the university to split from its longtime fund-raising arm. UGA cut ties with the UGA Foundation in 2005
Families in many Georgia schools will pay a bit more for school lunches beginning next school year. New federal regulations are forcing school districts across the state to raise school lunch prices by between a nickel and a quarter.
The Board of Regents appointed Republican Hank Huckaby the university system's new chancellor on Friday. After the unanimous vote to name him, Chancellor-elect Huckaby gave an explanation for the recurrent increases in tuition over the past several years.
The Georgia Board of Education will consider a request by local school systems for waivers on making up school days lost because of tornadoes that struck the state last week.