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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.

Hope Scholarship Cuts Revealed Tomorrow

Tomorrow, lawmakers are expected to reveal details about their plan to cut HOPE scholarship funding. State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says one thing that's for sure is that the HOPE grant will no longer be able to provide full school tuition.

State Approves Expanded Online Education

Georgia high school students who want to attend classes online now have more options. On Thursday the Georgia Charter Schools Commission voted to expand the Georgia Cyber Academy.

Chancellor: Tuition Hike Likely For Ga. Colleges

College students in Georgia likely will see a tuition increase again this year.

Ga. Students Building Oil Cleanup Machine

Members of Kell High School's robotics team are using a $10,000 grant to build a machine that could aid in the cleanup of oil spills.

Hope Proposal Tightens Eligibility

State lottery sales can no longer keep up with demand for the Hope scholarship. Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation on Tuesday to remedy Hope's depleting funds. Representative Len Walker says the proposal calls for Hope to pay only 90 percent of tuition for B students.

Trail Blazing Student Returns To Mercer

Nearly 50 years after he first enrolled, Mercer University’s first black student returned to campus. Sam Oni reunited with his roommate to tell today’s students about what life was like on campus in the 60’s.

Democrats Take Stance On School Tax Credit And More

Democrats in the state House have introduced a few education measures. The bills address cyber bullying, parental involvement in public schools and the more controversial public dollars funding private institutions.