The first day of school is a milestone for every student, but this year, it was also a milestone for the new head of the Atlanta Public Schools. New APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen oversaw her inaugural first day of school Monday as an estimated 50,000 children headed back to class.
Tybee Island has its first public school in 25 years. The Tybee Island Maritime Academy is changing the image of this beachfront community. It's attracting students from around the country and around the block.
The executive committee of the Georgia High School Association could change high school football as we know it at their biannual meeting in Macon on Monday, allowing their more public and private schools to meet on the field.
State lawmakers spent the legislative session focusing on a fraction of the students in Georgia — those at a handful of charter schools created by now-defunct commission. The aim was to pass a constitutional amendment to address a nearly year-old ruling by the state Supreme Court that outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which approved 16 schools before it was disbanded in May.
Authorities say Georgia nonprofit agencies had to return millions of dollars to taxpayers who wanted to donate money to the popular Georgia Tax Credit Scholarship Program. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lure of receiving a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions made to support scholarships for public school students seeking a private school education had more people donating faster than ever.
The number of Bible classes offered in Georgia’s middle and high schools is drying-up. And there are particular reasons behind the steep drop-off since their introduction four years ago. One reason is money.
African-American groups and some education advocates want Georgia school officials to collect better data on what they call a "pipeline" from schools to prison. One Texas study tracked over a million kids and determined that -- even accounting for poverty and other factors -- black students were much more likely than whites to receive harsher punishment for similar non-violent and non-drug-related offenses like truancy, improper dress and using cell phones.
State officials say Georgia's jobless rate rose to 10.2 percent in August, the highest level in the past six months. Georgia's top labor official says depsite that news, there were job gains in some sectors. That included in public school system seasonal employment, professional and business services, health care, and construction.