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State Expands Nursing Education

The University System of Georgia is expanding the state’s nursing programs. The Board of Regents Tuesday approved a measure that will allow Darton College in Albany, and Georgia Highlands College in Rome, to offer four-year programs in nursing.

Regents OK New UGA Foundation

The state Board of Regents has approved the merger of two private foundations benefiting the University of Georgia.

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."