Candidates for school board president debated how to close gaps between schools and make the best use of funding at a forum hosted by the Downtown Neighborhood Association Wednesday evening. Four of the five candidates for president of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System board attended the meeting. Sadie Brown, Jolene Byrne, Chester Ellis, and George Seaborough laid out their qualifications and their plans for improving the school system to the meeting of downtown residents. David Simons was unable to attend. The forum came just under a month ahead of the May 20 election.
Monday, the House approved a bill that would change some school workers eligibility for unemployment benefits. The sponsor of House Bill 714 says it addresses a loophole that costs the state up to $10 million annually. According to Representative Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming) private firms providing bus drivers and other school workers are under–paying the employees, while encouraging them to apply for unemployment benefits during the summer and other school breaks.
Tybee Island has its first public school in 25 years. The Tybee Island Maritime Academy is changing the image of this beachfront community. It's attracting students from around the country and around the block.
State Schools Superintendent John Barge officially launched his bid to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday. Teachers say it will put school issues at the heart of the 2014 gubernatorial election. But GOP strategists believe it’s a Hail Mary pass by Barge.
While most federal spending cuts from the sequester could take time to work their way down to local school districts, communities with military bases are bracing for a more immediate impact. That's because many districts already have budgeted for a program called Impact Aid. The funds are used to offset property tax losses.
Governor Deal has announced nine winners of education grants. They are part of the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top schools program. $19.4 million will go to partnerships between local school districts, universities, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
A Georgia school system that's been operating four days a week to save money will soon return to five days of school. The Peach County school board on Tuesday approved the 2012-2013 school calendar with a traditional five-day week.
Georgia schools Superintendent John Barge says he expects to hear by the end of the month whether the state has received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. Barge spoke to state lawmakers during a budget hearing Tuesday.