Some students who get in trouble in an east Georgia school system will be doing community service projects instead of being suspended. Richmond County's school board approved the program this week. It gives principals the option of assigning community service projects to students instead of short-term suspension for discipline issues.
Department of Juvenile Justice officials say 19 investigators and the head of investigations have been suspended while authorities investigate claims of sexual abuse of juvenile inmates. The department's employees were suspended Thursday in the wake of a U.S. Department of Justice report that listed four of the state's detention centers among the worst in the country in terms of sexual abuse of detainees.
A federal judge heard arguments in a legal battle over whether a Georgia law that allows the governor to remove local school boards is constitutional. Governor Nathan Deal this week announced the suspension of six of nine of the DeKalb County school board members.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he will sign an executive order to suspend six of nine DeKalb County School Board members. Deal made the announcement Monday although federal judge issued an order temporarily preventing him from replacing board members until after a hearing on Friday.
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.