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GPB News - Education

Ga. Ranks Low For Student Debt

A new study says Georgia students don’t have as much college debt as students elsewhere. The Institute For College Access and Success says Georgia’s 2010 graduating seniors owe less than 19,000 dollars in student loans on average.

UGA Gains Suspension Powers

A University of Georgia committee that reviews student behavior problems now has the authority to suspend troubled students or order that they be withdrawn from classes on medical grounds.

Thousands Seek Cheap College Loans

About 3,700 college students have applied for the state's new low-interest loan program created to help soften cuts made to the HOPE scholarship.

Counties Debate Education Sales Taxes

Voters in dozens of Georgia counties will decide next week if they want to extend penny sales taxes generating millions of dollars for schools. The campaigns for and against them share common themes.

Shorter Policy Under Fire

Close to 3,000 people have signed an online petition asking Shorter University in Rome to reconsider a rule forcing employees to sign a personal lifestyle statement. Employees that fail to sign it risk termination.

Summer Re-tests Boost Schools

New state data shows that more Georgia schools met a federal education benchmarks after the state included summer re-tests of CRCT exams. But the total number of schools passing muster still decreased from last year.

Atlanta Schools Keep Accreditation

Atlanta Public Schools will keep its accreditation with a national agency.

Fourth-Graders Make Math Gains

A national test says Georgia’s fourth graders are doing better at math than ever before. But eighth grade math score remain flat, and fourth and eighth grade reading scores improved only slightly since 2009.

Outbreak Shutters Schools

Schools in South Georgia’s Worth County are closed Monday and Tuesday. Officials blame the closing on an outbreak of Shigella. During the closure schools and buses in Worth County will be disinfected. The highly contagious bacterial infection causes intestinal upset.

Commission Halts Atlanta Schools Probe

The state’s teacher licensing agency is hitting the pause button on its investigation of Atlanta educators accused of cheating on standardized tests. This gives the district attorney time to look at additional evidence.