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.
Every adult who works in a school is now legally mandated to report bullying if he or she sees it. So educators want to make sure that they know how to spot the behavior — and how they should respond when they do.
Public school students and parents are seeing some changes this year in the way their schools handle bullying. That’s because of a law passed by the legislature last year that schools are now starting to put into practice.
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.
Last year, one in ten kids in public schools missed more than 15 days of school. A state study shows how important being in class is to student achievement. The State Department of Education tracked the performance and attendance of students from 2007 to 2011.
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. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that current intervention programs designed to help students during the school day will be increased from 12 weeks to 25 weeks and expanded from 58 to all 100 schools.