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Teachers Debate Keeping Cursive In Curriculum

Georgia schools could drop cursive handwriting from the curriculum. Teachers spend less time teaching penmanship because of standardized testing. Students are currently required to learn cursive beginning in the third grade.

Deal: APS Members Exempt From New Law

Atlanta Public schools is in danger of losing its accreditation because of infighting among its school board members. The state may not be able to intervene as quickly as it would like.

Atlanta School District To Get Accreditation Fate

Atlanta Public Schools officials are about to learn whether sanctions will be imposed on the system by an accrediting agency.

Lawmakers To Review How State Funds Education

The governor’s education budget released this week reflects a $110 million cut in the state funding formula. State schools superintendent Republican John Barge says he thought it would be worse.

No Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday For Some Schools

Monday is the 25th anniversary of a holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. But kids in two North Georgia counties will be heading back to the classroom.

Many Schools Remain Closed, Monday Re-open Plan Draws Anger

Numerous school systems in north Georgia are closing-out the week having never opened their doors to students due to the winter storm that hit the state. Many of the districts are in the metro Atlanta area, which is slowly recovering and cleaning-up its icy roads.

Gov. Deal Wants to Save HOPE

One issue Governor Nathan Deal mentioned in both of his speeches this week is saving the hope scholarship. He did not provide any details on changes he'd like to see, but he’s forcing lawmakers to act.

Guidelines Would Make School Lunches Healthier

School cafeterias would have to hold the fries and serve kids more whole grains, fruits and vegetables under the government's plans for the first major nutritional overhaul of students' meals in 15 years.

Education Leaders Deal With Snow Days

Sunday’s winter blast has left many of the state’s public schools closed for the third day in a row. That leaves school districts to decide if and how those days will be made up.

Regents To Tie Presidential Pay, Graduation Rates

Georgia college and university presidents will have their salaries tied more closely to graduation rates. The Board of Regents will start a new performance-based salary structure later this year.

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