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11 Charters Get State Approval

The State Board of Education gave the okay this morning for eleven charter schools to remain open. The schools had been at risk of closing since a May state Supreme Court decision overturned the agency that opened them.

Three School Districts Convert To Charter Systems

August 17, 2011: This story has been updated to correct the following error: Calhoun City schools converted to a charter district, not Calhoun County.

Race To Top Money Not For Ga.'s Charters

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of charter school advocates that Georgia’s Race to the Top winnings are already reserved for other projects and so cannot be used to help the schools make up budget shortfalls.

Clinton Tells Charter Schools To Think Big

Former President Bill Clinton was in Atlanta Tuesday morning with a message for charter schools: The institutions need to strengthen the link between education and innovations in health, the economy and the environment, he says.

New Rules Limit Teacher Grad Programs

Georgia teachers can qualify for raises averaging $6,000 a year by earning a masters degree. Until now educators could get their degree from practically any university across the country. That includes unaccredited for-profit institutions.

New Student Loan Program Starts Today

Georgia’s college students can apply for new low-interest loans starting today. The new 20 million dollar state program is designed to help fill the gap between the amount of public education aid available and the actual cost of attending school.

Deal To School Boards: Work Together

Governor Nathan Deal says, he's hopeful he won't have to use new powers to remove local school board members. Deal told hundreds of elected officials meeting in Savannah Friday, he expects them to work together.

Georgia Out-Of-School Suspension Rate High

A new report says that the state’s rate of out-of-school suspensions is one of the highest in the nation. Last school year, roughly 8 percent of Georgia students were suspended out of school at least once.

College Presidents Get Pay Raise

The University System of Georgia has approved salary increases for the presidents of Fort Valley and Albany State Universities. The Board of Regents met last week and agreed to give presidents Larry Rivers and Everette Freeman a $25,000 raise.

Districts Prepare for SACS Review

Five Georgia school districts are hoping to regain full accreditation before a deadline that could trigger state hearings. Board members in districts that don’t receive full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) by July 1st could be stripped of their posts.