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Study Finds Low Test Standards

A new report released Wednesday by the National Center for Educational Statistics says Georgia’s state eighth grade reading exam is one of the least rigorous in the country when compared to a well-regarded federal exam.

UGA Marks Record Freshmen Class

The University of Georgia is expecting a record number of freshmen this fall. UGA officials said Monday that more than 5,000 freshmen are anticipated on campus when classes start next week. That's a 10 percent increase over last year.

State Will Apply For No Child Law Waiver

Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia will join a host of other states in seeking a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Economy Looms In Sales Tax Votes

Chatham County school officials this week approved a list of projects to be funded by a proposed penny sales tax for education. Local voters will decide the tax this November but officials will have a few factors against them.

Reforms Working At Savannah's Beach High

Savannah-area school officials say, they believe an under-performing high school has made standards for Adequate Yearly Progress for the first time since the No Child Left Behind law was passed nine years ago.

Deal Releases College Completion Plan

Georgia’s public colleges and universities will spend the next year finding new ways to raise the number of students who graduate on time. That effort is part of a new plan announced Thursday morning by Governor Nathan Deal.

UGA Studies West Nile's Spread

A University of Georgia study has found that New York City’s highly-developed urban environment slows the spread of West Nile Virus. The study could help public health officials plan containment efforts.

New Rules Against Bullying

Young people are heading back to schools with new bullying policies. Georgia’s new anti-bullying law was implemented this week.

Classmate Charged In Macon Murder

A classmate of a recent Mercer University law school graduate has been charged with killing her. The Telegraph reports that Stephen Mark McDaniel, who had been held for a month in the Bibb County jail on unrelated burglary charges, was charged on Tuesday with killing Lauren Giddings.

Historic Dorm Faces Demolition

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has called on the University of Georgia to reconsider its decision to tear down Rutherford Hall and replace it with a bigger dormitory. Support is growing to save the building.

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