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University System Defends Spending

Georgia’s colleges and universities will soon welcome students for fall classes. And there's been higher spending by the System, in the face of budget cuts and a still tough economy.

Schools React to Federal Standards

Many Georgia schools today are reacting to news that they did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress required under Federal No Child Left Behind standards. Not a single high school in the Rome area of northwest Georgia made the mark.

Fewer Schools Meet Federal Benchmark

More than a third of Georgia’s public schools aren’t meeting federal benchmarks for education. Georgia’s overall Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP is down from last year.

Probe Targets Baker County Schools

District Attorney Joe Mulholland says the Baker County grand jury has ordered him to launch a probe into the county's school system. Mulholland declined to tell The Albany Herald exactly what he's been asked to review.

State Happy With Loan Turnout

Only a third of expected students have applied for a state student loan program that helps pay for college. The Georgia Student Finance Commission estimated 15,000students would apply to the Student Access Loan Program. But so far only 5,000 have submitted applications.

Lawmaker Targets Teacher Bonuses

A Georgia lawmaker wants educators caught cheating on standardized tests to return bonuses or other pay.

Feds Review Atlanta Cheating Allegations

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he has been in contact with the department's investigative arm about test cheating scandals in schools, including a widespread one in Atlanta.

APS To 178 Educators: Resign Or Be Fired

Atlanta Public Schools interim Superintendent Erroll Davis has sent letters home to all 178 employees implicated in the system's cheating scandal, informing them they can resign next week or face being fired.

Ga. Applies For More Race To Top Money

Georgia is applying for more federal "Race to the Top" money, this time for early learning. Erin Hames, deputy chief of staff for Governor Nathan Deal, said Thursday the state has filed a letter of intent with the federal government that it will apply for the money.

APS Cheating Could Cost Thousands

Atlanta schools embroiled in a cheating scandal may have to pay back up to $260,000 in federal money for high-performing, low-income schools.