$270 million in federal loans will fund one of the state’s largest-ever transportation contracts. The type of project is what one state lawmaker calls the future of transportation building in Georgia. By adding toll lanes, the Northwest Corridor project could relieve congestion on a 30-mile stretch of Interstates 75 and 575 north of Atlanta. It’s a public-private partnership that could cost up to $1 billion. The public’s share would be about a third of that amount.
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.
Atlanta's mayor says he believes a $600 million project to deepen Savannah's harbor will receive a "significant appropriation" this year from Washington, where he just paid a visit to the White House. Mayor Kasim Reed declined to give specifics about why he's so optimistic. He spoke with reporters Tuesday after addressing a seminar of port officials in Savannah.
Detailed Census numbers for Georgia are expected this week. And it’s information that the state’s political leadership will be keenly focused-on. The numbers set the table for the process of redrawing districts in the state.
Public schools now know how much federal money they will be getting from a bill passed earlier this month to save teacher jobs. Some systems will use it to prop up next year’s budget when stimulus funds run out.