Education will continue to be on the front lines this fall in Georgia. And not only because it’s at the center of the gubernatorial race. Georgia will be implementing a new mandatory statewide teacher evaluation system for the first time once the new school year begins. The state has been conducting a pilot program with a fraction of Georgia’s school districts. In the fall, it goes live to all school districts for the first time.
 
Two new reports are casting doubt on the effectiveness of drug courts. Governor Nathan Deal wants more drug courts in Georgia. He says, they reduce costs by keeping non-violent offenders out of prison. But the reports suggest that that isn't...
A legislative committee approved a tax reform plan that would lower the income tax rate and leave groceries untaxed.
Black leaders in Georgia are claiming the creation of several cities around Atlanta essentially fences out black voters and creates white majorities. They say that violates the federal Voting Rights Act and they’ve sued the governor to get the...
State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. This week they will cast final votes on some key issues, including the budget, Sunday alcohol sales and possibly immigration.
State lawmakers only have seven working days left in this year’s legislative session. Monday, they reconvene for day-34 on the calendar. It begins a full five-day week. Within their work, legislators will cast final votes on some key issues,...
The Senate Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved an $18.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill said Monday exploding growth in the state's Medicaid rolls and a huge hole in...
Death penalty opponents are condeming a Supreme Court decision that sets the stage for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis to be executed. The court [Monday] rejected Davis' latest appeals after justices gave him a rare chance to prove his...
A bill under consideration at the Capitol would allow utility companies to contribute to political campaigns. But it might not pass muster with state ethics laws.
State senatorson Monday presented their ideas for balancing next year’s state budget. It totals $18 billion and fills a second budget hole.
The Democratic Party of Georgia held its state committee meeting in Augusta Saturday for the first time in many years. The meeting marks the opening of the party’s first field office outside of Metro Atlanta. Party leaders say the move signals a new...