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Slim Budget Reignites School Choice Debate

A state tax credit that helps pay for some Georgia students to attend private schools is running out of money. The fund is re-igniting a heated debate.

Ga. School Districts Revamp Bullying Policies

School districts in Georgia are revamping policies to combat bullying based on new state guidelines, hoping to stem behavior that educators across the country say has become rampant in schools.

More Fears Over Pre-K Cuts

Governor Nathan Deal’s budget proposal includes cutting $20 million to pre-k. The program is funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery. But education costs have started to outpace the lottery money. Georgia already has 10,000 children waiting for a spot in one of its pre-k programs.

iPads Instead Of Books? It Could Happen Here

State lawmakers are looking into the possibility of replacing books in Georgia middle schools with iPads. The idea follows iPad roll-outs at schools in Virginia, Texas and Savannah. A private school here, St. Andrews, gave about 300 of its students iPads to take home in August.

Atlanta Mayor: State Has Stake In City's Schools

The mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed, says he won’t try to take over the Atlanta School Board...for now. Infighting among board members has put the Atlanta Public School system in danger of losing its accreditation.

Study: Students Need More Career Help

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Obama Courts Commencement Invitations

The White House is offering public high schools across the country a chance to win a commencement address by President Barack Obama.

Duncan Urges Black Men To Go Into Teaching

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and filmmaker Spike Lee are calling for more black men to become teachers. In an event Monday at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Duncan said just 2 percent of the nation's 3 million teacher workforce are black males.

Lottery Pressured To Save HOPE

The HOPE scholarship program is in danger of going broke. Lawmakers are looking for fixes including ways to get more money to come into the lottery-funded aid that helps students go to college.

Grad Rates Likely To Drop

The state’s new schools superintendent says a new formula for calculating graduation rates likely will mean Georgia’s will drop significantly. That's what John Barge told a joint education committee of state lawmakers this week.