Less than half the cities, counties and school districts in the state are following a new state law aimed at making the budget process more transparent. Morris News Service reports that any local government with a budget totaling more than $1 million to submit copies of their taxes and expenses to the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
The Harrington School doesn’t look like much. The abandoned building is surrounded by a rusty metal fence. The roof has holes in it, some wooden siding has fallen off, and it badly needs a coat of paint. The school looked so dilapidated that two years ago, community leaders and even the local historical society had given up hope it could be saved.
African-American groups and some education advocates want Georgia school officials to collect better data on what they call a "pipeline" from schools to prison. One Texas study tracked over a million kids and determined that -- even accounting for poverty and other factors -- black students were much more likely than whites to receive harsher punishment for similar non-violent and non-drug-related offenses like truancy, improper dress and using cell phones.
The State Board of Education Thursday adopted the nation’s first standards and ethics policies for local school boards. The Local School Board Governance Standards and Model Ethics Policy is a result of Senate Bill 84 passed earlier this year. It allows the state more control over school boards, including giving the Governor the right to remove school board members if accreditation is at risk.