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High School Grad Rate Tops 80 Percent

Georgia’s graduation rate has topped 80 percent, which represents a new all-time high for the state. State officials say the 80.8 percent mark is a 17-point rise over seven years.

School Bus Seat Belts Too Costly

A 3 year study of seat belts on school buses found that it’s not the most cost effective way to prevent fatalities. The report released in Alabama Monday will be studied by Georgia lawmakers.

Costs Rise At UGA Lab

Officials say the lab in UGA’s Animal Health Research Center is one of the most expensive the college has ever built. It cost 60 million dollars due to construction problems a decade ago.

School Bus Seat Belts Under Review

Some state lawmakers have discussed possible legislation about seat belts in school buses after the death of a 17 year old student this month. An Alabama study to be released today will be key in the decision.

Dean Kamen Explores Invention

Dean Kamen’s list of inventions includes everything from an insulin pump to the Segway Transporter. He started the FIRST Robotics engineering challenges for students.

Mercer U gets $1M Grant for Student Services

Mercer University has received a $1 million federal grant to provide extra services for some students. The money will help create more support for students with disabilities, students from low-income households and students who are the first in their family to go to college.

Power Struggle Hurts Atlanta Schools

A power struggle on the Atlanta School Board is getting the attention of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It accredits high schools. SACS Director Mark Elgart attended a school board meeting in Atlanta this week. He says a 4 to 5 power split on the board is deepening.

Dalai Lama Holds 'Office Hours' with Emory

The Dalai Lama began his "office hours" with Emory University students and faculty with his signature move: laughter. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader walked on stage Tuesday, laughed as he saw the full gymnasium and then bowed to the crowd.

Gwinnett Schools Win Prestigious Prize

Georgia's largest school system has won the nation's top prize in public education, which will provide $1 million in college scholarships for needy students in the district.

GBI Agents Question Teachers

About 50 GBI Agents started questioning teachers and administrators at Atlanta Public Schools today. The probe is part of an ongoing state investigation of possible cheating on CRCT tests last year.

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