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No School, Less Welfare

Macon families getting welfare benefits could lose money if they don’t get their kids into the classroom. Its part of a major effort to reduce truancy.

School Lunch Meat Recalled

Amarillo-based Palo Duro Meat is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.

Health College To Lay-Off 150

Officials with Georgia Health Sciences University say they are laying off about 150 people.

Study: Missing School Hurts Performance

Last year, one in ten kids in public schools missed more than 15 days of school. A state study shows how important being in class is to student achievement. The State Department of Education tracked the performance and attendance of students from 2007 to 2011.

School Grows Learning Garden

Oconee County residents can add fresh kale, chard, beets, lettuce and more vegetables to their weekly groceries. The University of Georgia and High Shoals Elementary School in Bishop have partnered to plant a community-supported agriculture garden.

UGA Needs New Dean

The University of Georgia has delegated a committee to fill the position of dean of the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences. Former Dean Garrett Stokes left the university in August, accepting a position as executive vice president for academic affairs at Florida State University.

Remedial Course Changes Coming

By next fall, it will be harder for Georgia students who need remedial training to get into a public college or university. The University System of Georgia wants to cut the number of students who enroll but never obtain a degree.

State Seeks Education Waiver

State School Superintendent John Barge is formally asking the federal government Tuesday to excuse Georgia from a law that has increasingly branded the state’s schools as failing.

Teacher Performance Pay Plan Raises Questions

The federal grant competition known as Race to the Top required winning states like Georgia to pay teachers according to their performance, rather than just by length of service. But the state’s plans for performance pay are coming under close scrutiny from all sides.

Changes Coming For Macon Schools

Thousands of educators and community leaders gathered in Macon Monday to reshape the Bibb County Public School system. Plans include some potential “firsts” for Georgia education.