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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.

Schools Fill Healthcare Hole

School systems are finding ways to fill a health care insurance hole. They found out about it after they’d completed their budgets for the year.

UGA Students Open Food Pantry

A student-run food pantry opened for business Friday at the University of Georgia. About 20 student groups planned and stocked the pantry in an effort to serve what campus officials said is a growing population of students facing tough times.

Schools Compete For Literacy Grants

Twenty-five million dollars in federal grant money will soon be headed to Georgia’s schools to help students learn to read. The state was one of six to win a federal grant to help communities coordinate their literacy efforts from birth through twelfth grade.

Schools' $80M Healthcare Burden

The state Department of Education Thursday sent its two percent budget cut recommendations to the governor. The plan covers the rest of this fiscal year and next fiscal year. It slices $6.3 million mainly from nutrition, agricultural education and transportation programs.

Four Day School Week Questioned

The Peach County School system is reconsidering its four day school week. Four hundred thousand dollars in projected cost savings may not pan out.

Deal Explores Paying Reading Teachers More

Gov. Nathan Deal said he's exploring the idea of paying extra for top-notch teachers willing to work with some of the state's youngest students.

A Decade Later, Schools Study 9/11

It was about three years ago, the first time Jerry Swiatek got to the 9/11 portion of his social studies class and had some freshmen say they'd never seen footage of planes flying into the World Trade Center.