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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.

Students Rank Low in Science

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 Consider Fixes to HOPE

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.

Students Offer HOPE Ideas

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.

Hundreds Rally For School Choice

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.

Atlanta Schools Accept Sanction

The head of an accrediting agency had harsh words for the Atlanta school board, telling members to stop being selfish and do what's best for the 47,000 students in the urban district.

College Faces Race Discrimination Suit

A federal lawsuit filed last week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accuses Georgia Military College of racial discrimination.

New Panel To Look At School Funding

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.

Make Up Snow Days for North Georgia

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.

High School Math Could Change

Georgia high schools could get more say in how they teach math after parents, students and teachers complained about the state's new curriculum.