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Regents Want 400 New Residency Slots

A new University System of Georgia committee focused on boosting medical residencies in the state met for the first time this week. Its goal is to ease a doctor shortage in the state; Georgia is expected to need at least 2,500 more doctors by 2020.

Dougherty Schools Could Cut Jobs

As a probe into school cheating in a south Georgia school system enters its final days, the superintendent acknowledged for the first time that some educators will probably lose their jobs.

Cheating Teachers Await Punishment

Several Atlanta educators implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal will soon find out whether the state will yank their teaching certificates.

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.