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Report: Teachers Flee Pre-K

Cuts to Georgia's lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program are leading to high teacher turnover, educators say. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that teachers this year have left pre-k programs to avoid a 10-percent, state-ordered pay cut.

Chancellor: Full College Funding Could Return

University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby says he's "cautiously optimistic" that the state's 35 public colleges and universities will get full funding next fiscal year.

Loan Defaults Up At 'For Profit' Schools

Classes began in Columbus this week for students of Virginia College, the latest ‘for-profit’ institution to open in Georgia. But as the number of ‘for profit’ colleges climbs, so do student loans in default.

Charter School Advocates Seek Growth

Parents, teachers, and supporters of the charter school movement are in Macon for a two-day conference. For the first time it’s taking place outside Atlanta.

Ga. Leading On National Science Standards

A middle school science teacher in Carrollton is helping define what science concepts students around the country need to know. And a middle school science teacher in Carrollton is helping write those standards.

School Lunch Rooms Cut Potatoes

School cafeteria workers are putting fewer potatoes on kids' plates. Some Georgia school districts are getting ahead of new federal guidelines.

New 'App' Helps Recylers

University of Georgia engineers have developed a new smart phone app that encourages recycling. Right now it’s only available in Athens, but they’re planning to expand to other cities.

Schools Punish Blacks More Harshly

Georgia's black students are twice as likely than white students to be suspended from school. A group is meeting in Savannah this weekend on what some are calling a "pipeline" from suspensions to incarceration.

Georgia Highlands College President To Retire

The president of Georgia Highlands College says he plans to retire at the end of the year.

Chancellor Studies Campus Mergers

University Board of Regents Chancellor Hank Huckaby, says he's studying whether it makes sense to merge some colleges. The idea could have major consequences in Savannah, home to two public universities.