Georgia’s public high schools could receive grades under a plan being considered by the state Board of Education.
Currently the only measure of a school’s performance is the federal Annual Yearly Progress test, also known as AYP.
The State Board of Education Thursday adopted the nation’s first standards and ethics policies for local school boards.
The Local School Board Governance Standards and Model Ethics Policy is a result of Senate Bill 84 passed earlier this year.
On Tuesday Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal released his education platform. The move comes after Democratic opponent Roy Barnes last week promised salary increases for teachers, smaller class sizes and a ban on furloughs. Barnes says his ideas would cost $1.2 billion dollars.
Public schools now know how much federal money they will be getting from a bill passed earlier this month to save teacher jobs. Some systems will use it to prop up next year’s budget when stimulus funds run out.
Parents aren’t able to transfer their kids from one public school to another as easily this year because there’s not enough room to accommodate them.
Budget reductions means teacher layoffs and increased class sizes, which translates to less space for transfers.
Spouses of active duty Fort Benning soldiers will see their education benefits extended.
The state has secured more funding for Career Advancement Accounts, or C-A-A’s.
About 100 additional spouses can get grants to continue their education.