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School Lunch Prices Will Jump

Families in many Georgia schools will pay a bit more for school lunches beginning next school year. New federal regulations are forcing school districts across the state to raise school lunch prices by between a nickel and a quarter.

Regents Name Huckaby Chancellor

Georgia’s public universities will soon have new leadership. The Board of Regents appointed Republican Hank Huckaby the university system's new chancellor on Friday.

Tornado-Damaged Schools Seek Waivers

The Georgia Board of Education will consider a request by local school systems for waivers on making up school days lost because of tornadoes that struck the state last week. The state board will consider the requests Friday afternoon.

Freedom Rides Again

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.

Race to the Top Begins Slowly

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.

Bibb County Students Eating Local

Starting Wednesday school children in Macon will be getting more fresh fruits and vegetables. The produce will come from local farms.

Public Broadcasters Tackle School Dropout

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and America's Promise Alliance on a new effort to combat the nation's high school dropout rate.

Skeptics Warn of Obesity Stigma

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."

HOPE Cuts Cause Summer School Rush

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.

Math Help For Struggling Juniors

Students who failed the math portion of this year’s high school graduation test can get extra help this summer through a free program to be offered by the state.