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House To Vote On HOPE Fix

House members are now on the floor debating the governor’s plan to keep the HOPE scholarship program from going broke. Some changes were made to the plan this morning.

Audit Questions Private College Grants

In a recent report state auditors question whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth from a grant to private college students.

Rynders: Limiting Tuition Hikes Important for HOPE

The sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to tie state university tuition to inflation hopes it will give students more confidence about the cost of their classes, especially in light of potential cuts to the HOPE Scholarship.

Georgia History Curriculum Among Best In Nation

The study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, released this month, ranked history programs based on content, clarity and academic rigor.

Some Reject High School Math Curriculum

State education officials could decide next month whether to allow districts to scrap Georgia’s high school math curriculum. The move comes after complaints from parents and lawmakers.

Proposed HOPE Cuts Worry Students

Under Governor Nathan Deal's proposal announced this week, full Hope Scholarships would go to students who earned both a 3.7 high school GPA and a 1200 SAT score. Those students would have to maintain a 3.5 average to continue receiving full state support.

Macon Students Embrace Technology

State education officials were in Macon today to see how nearly 2-million dollars in technology is helping students learn at one local high school. Every child in the 9th and 10th grade has their own netbook computer.

PE Teacher Takes on Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a persistent problem in Georgia. It has the second highest rate of the disease in the nation. Nearly one in three children here is considered to be overweight. One elementary in Atlanta is making strides to head off the obesity trend before it sets in.

Changes In The School Lunchroom Could Help Georgia's Fight Against Childhood Obesity

When the National School Lunch Act was passed in 1946 the federal government was worried kids weren’t getting enough to eat. Now the government worries kids aren’t getting enough of the right foods. New guidelines will change what’s served in school lunchrooms across Georgia.

Exercise Could Make Obese Children Smarter

Inside a gym 20 kids play a modified version of musical chairs. They run around a circle of colored Frisbees while a radio blasts Shakira. When the music stops so do the children… panting and out of breath. Ty'leke Allen loves this game.