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Regents Chancellor To Retire

University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis is retiring. Davis told the state Board of Regents Thursday that he plans to leave his job at the end of his contract in June 2011. He has served as head of the state's 35 public colleges and universities since 2006.

Students To Rally Against College Cuts

A student group plans to rally in downtown Atlanta this afternoon, followed by a march to the state Capitol. The event is being organized by Georgia Students for Public Higher Education.

Barnes and Deal Say Pre-K Trumps Hope

Two of Georgia's Gubernatorial Candidates say that the State’s Pre-K program is more important than the Hope Scholarship. Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes spoke to a group of early childhood advocates in Atlanta Tuesday.  

Researchers Develop Autism Phone App

University of Georgia researchers have received more than a million dollars to develop a mobile phone application for people with autism and developmental disabilities.

State Considers Getting Rid Of Graduation Test

Currently all Georgia students have to pass the graduation test before getting a diploma. The test covers material from throughout high school in math, Language Arts, science and social studies. But state education officials want it phased out starting with next year’s freshman class.

Race To The Top Funds Divided Amongst Districts

Today 26 Georgia school districts found out just how much money they’ll be getting in federal Race to the Top dollars. Bibb County is receiving just over 13-million dollars.

More Students Score High In AP Exam

More Georgia students in Advanced Placement courses had higher scores in their exams than their national counterparts. The department of Education says 11.4 percent of Georgia AP test takers scored a 3, 4 or 5 compared to 8.3 percent nationwide.

Researchers Work To Keep Students In Online Classes

Some professors at Kennesaw State University were troubled by the rate their students were dropping out of online courses. So they decided to conduct a study to figure out the best strategies for keeping online students engaged and enrolled.

New Journalism Center Will Focus On Education

GPB Media announced this week that it has received a $1.2 million dollar grant to form a Local Journalism Center. The grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be used to create the Southern Regional Education Desk to report on the educational challenges facing the South.

Engineering Program Could Come To UGA

UGA already offers degrees in biological and agricultural engineering. Now Michael Adams, the school’s president, wants to add civil, mechanical and electrical engineering to the list.