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Cheating Probe Focuses On 11 Albany Schools

Investigators looking into whether cheating took place on standardized tests in the Dougherty County school system say they are beginning to focus their efforts on 11 elementary schools.

Isakson Proposes Education Changes

Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson is taking a lead in drafting a Republican alternative to the Obama administration’s plan to amend the Elementary and Secondary Schools Act –- better known as No Child Left Behind. Isakson is co-sponsoring three new bills intended to replace the legislation.

Ranks Of 'Future Farmers' Soar

More young Americans than ever are seeking agricultural education through the FFA, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. And in Georgia the numbers are climbing even faster.

State Could Consolidate Colleges

University System of Georgia officials are looking at consolidating some of the state’s 35 public colleges and universities. It’s a response to ongoing budget cuts to higher education.

State Colleges Could Consolidate

The head of the university system of Georgia says he is ordering a study of whether campuses should be consolidated to save money.

SAT Scores Drop For Fifth Year

High school students’ SAT scores dropped for the fifth year in a row as the number of students taking the college-entrance exam continues to grow.

Regents Trim College Budgets

The state Board of Regents has approved a $1.85 billion budget proposal after about 20 students were ejected from the meeting for protesting additional planned cuts to the university system.

Student Loan Defaults Spike

Federal student loan defaults are rising sharply in Georgia The latest numbers from the US Education Department show, 9% of Georgia students defaulted in the first two years of repayment. The 2009 percentage is up from 6% in the two previous years.

Video Game Teaches Money Skills

There’s a new football video game that educators want your kids to play. On Tuesday the state announced an effort to get the game into every middle and high school in Georgia.

Atlanta District Helps Students

Atlanta Public Schools officials say they plan to offer extra help to struggling students in the wake of a cheating scandal that has rocked the district.