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Regents Visit North Georgia Colleges

The governing body for the state’s 35 colleges and universities is doing a tour of a handful of institutions this week. Tuesday the Board of Regents were spread across north Georgia.

A New Grade For Schools?

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.

SAT Scores Drop, Again

Georgia high school students fared worse on the SAT college-entrance exam for the fourth year in a row.

State School Board Adopts Local Rules

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.

Candidates Outline Education Ideas

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.

Kids Fitness Program Beats State Mandate

A year from now a new state law goes into effect that will require kids in public school to take a fitness test. But, some school systems are getting a jump start on implementing the new requirements.

Schools Make Plans For Federal Funds

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.

Budget Cuts Limit School Transfers

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.

Military Spouses Gain Education Aid

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.

Formal Apology For Expelled Students

Albany State University is honoring students who were permanently expelled from the school in the early 1960s because of their participation in the civil rights movement.