Forty college students, including two from Georgia, are retracing a seminal Civil Rights-era journey. Fifty years divides the two trips, but the students will depart from Washington, D.C., just as the original Freedom Riders did in 1961.
Georgia has begun spending the $400 million it won eight months ago in the federal Race to the Top education grant competition. But progress has been slow. Although the state is picking up its pace, the delay has left some lingering confusion.
The images are striking: Overweight boys and girls staring somberly from billboards and online videos, real-life embodiments of the blunt messages alongside.
"Chubby kids may not outlive their parents," for example. Or: "Big bones didn't make me this way. Big meals did."
A change in Georgia's HOPE scholarship is sending some students to an unexpected summer semester of school.
Facing budget cuts, state lawmakers made the scholarship cover 90% of tuition, instead of the full amount.
And it won't pay fees.
Gov. Nathan Deal will hold a private meeting Tuesday morning with the Atlanta school board, city schools Superintendent Beverly Hall and Mayor Kasim Reed to receive a briefing about the board's progress toward regaining full accreditation for Atlanta Public Schools.