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.
According to scores on a new proficiency test, Georgia fourth and eighth graders fall below the national average in science.
Only 27 percent of students performed at or above acceptable levels.
That compares to 32 percent nationally.
Lawmakers have started the discussion on how to change the HOPE scholarship program so it won’t go broke next year. The merit based aid isn’t keeping pace with rising tuition costs and increased enrollment.
The HOPE Scholarship reserve is expected to dry up next year, even without the cuts to lottery funded programs proposed by Governor Nathan Deal.
That’s because lottery revenues can’t keep up with rising enrollment and tuition at Georgia’s 35 public colleges and universities.
Parents and students of private, charter and virtual schools came together on the steps of the capitol to advocate for more choice in education.
On their agenda this year… legislation that would expand a voucher.
A key state legislator said Georgia lawmakers are considering creating a new panel to review school funding.
House Education Committee Chairman Brooks Coleman told Morris News Service he hopes the new panel could draft recommendations next year.
Just as North Georgia is beginning to fully recover from last week’s snow and ice, another ice storm is in the forecast for next week. Meanwhile, school districts are deciding how to make up already missed school days.