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3:52 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

DeKalb Superintendent Thurmond: DeKalb Schools' Ebola Policy Errs on Side of Caution

The word "Welcome" is displayed in 11 languages in the entrance of the DeKalb Schools central office.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Several metro Atlanta school systems have updated their health policies to include Ebola guidelines. The DeKalb County school district was one of the first to do so after delaying enrollment for two students who came from a country affected by the virus. Now, the students need to have their medical documents approved by the district superintendent before they can attend class.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Barge Endorses Wilson in State Schools Superintendent Race

Republican State Schools Superintendent John Barge (far left) endorsed Democrat Valarie Wilson to take his place.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Republican State Schools Superintendent John Barge Thursday endorsed Democratic candidate Valarie Wilson. Barge decided against a second term as superintendent to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican gubernatorial primary last spring. Deal won by a wide margin.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Georgia Lottery: New Game and Record Profits Likely To Boost Education Funding

Georgia and more than 20 other states are rolling out the Monopoly Millionaires' Club game this week. Georgia Lottery officials estimate the game could mean a total of $10 million for state-funded lottery programs for this fiscal year.
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A new lottery game launched this week – the Monopoly Millionaires' Club. The rollout follows a record-breaking quarter for the Georgia Lottery. WABE’s Michelle Wirth reports on what new lottery profits could mean for our state’s students.

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Education
6:46 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

School Districts Update Policies to Include Ebola Response

Credit Dan Raby / WABE

Some metro Atlanta school districts are updating their health policies to include guidelines for the Ebola virus. Some districts, like DeKalb and Cobb, announced this week students from Ebola-affected countries won’t be able to enroll until the superintendent approves their medical documents. Cobb schools spokesperson Kyler Post says it’s a proactive move.

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DeKalb County
6:58 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Druid Hills Group Withdraws Petition to Create Charter School Cluster

Druid Hills High School would serve the proposed charter cluster. The other schools in the cluster are Druid Hills Middle School and five elementary schools: Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Hills and McLendon.
Credit DeKalb County School District

A DeKalb County group trying to create a charter school cluster has withdrawn its petition.

The group proposed a cluster of five elementary schools, a middle school, and Druid Hills High School. Its first shot at getting the DeKalb Board of Education to approve its plan was rejected last November, and the group had not been able to get back on the board’s agenda.

Another problem: all of the cluster’s seven schools are in unincorporated DeKalb County, but given current cityhood and annexation plans, that may not be the case for long.

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Education
4:59 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

'Test Optional' Colleges Consider Alternatives to SAT

Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, is one of a handful of Georgia schools that don't require students to submit SAT or ACT scores.
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SAT results came out this week. Georgia’s average scores fell slightly. But some colleges don't require the test anymore. They're part of a growing number of schools that have gone "test-optional". 

An SAT or ACT score won’t always predict how a student will perform in college. That is why Agnes Scott College in Decatur decided to let students choose whether to submit their scores.

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Local
7:12 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Former Atlanta Teacher: "We Changed the Answers."

Retired APS math teacher Oliver Banks during his testimony Wednesday morning.
Credit Kent Johnson / AJC

 A longtime teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools says he and others were doing what they were told when they changed answers on the state’s 2009 standardized exam.

 

For the first time in the trial, the jury heard how some educators physically changed answers and it was from 76-year-old Oliver Banks.

He resigned in 2010 after 49 years as a teacher at Gideons Elementary.

“I felt bad about what I had done. It was just a pain. It was a pain, I could not stand it, you know, just stay there and face those people every day knowing that I done what I did.”

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Education
8:10 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Loan Changes Squeeze Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Several U.S. colleges have seen declining enrollment since the recession began. But changes to a federal loan program in 2011 have hit some historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, especially hard.

Clark Atlanta sophomore Jasmine Johnson says waiting for a loan to be approved can be stressful.

“My freshman year when I got here, I didn’t have enough money because my Parent PLUS hadn’t been approved yet,” she says.  

The Parent PLUS is a federal student loan.

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Education
4:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Some Seniors Take Advantage of Free College Tuition

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Higher education is free for some Georgia senior citizens. A state policy allows residents ages 62 and up to go back to college for free. 

Judith Carson, 70, is working on her master’s degree in poetry.

“Some of the people call me Aunt Judith now,” she says.

Carson is part of a program at Georgia State University called GSU-62. Students who are at least 62 years old can qualify for free tuition.

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Education
4:37 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Ludacris Accompanies Deal to Middle School in Riverdale

Gov. Nathan Deal (left) and rapper Ludacris spoke to students at Utopian Academy of the Arts in Riverdale Friday.
Credit Dan Raby/WABE News

It’s a pretty good day when the governor comes to your school. But it’s even better when he brings a homegrown celebrity with him. Gov. Nathan Deal and rapper Ludacris visited a school in Clayton County Friday.

At the Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale, Ludacris was not the only entertainer on hand. Students performed an anti-bullying skit and put a new twist on an old R. Kelly song.

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Education
6:21 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Georgia Asks Feds to Delay Consequences for Teachers

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

State education officials have asked the U.S. Education Department to delay consequences of new teacher evaluations for one year. The system uses student test scores, or student growth data, to assess educators.

Schools are already using the evaluations. That won’t change. But Georgia is implementing new tests this year and officials want to give teachers and students time to adjust.

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Education
5:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Fulton Students Honored as REACH Scholars

Gov. Nathan Deal (far left) and Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa (far right) congratulate Fulton's REACH scholars.
Credit Martha Dalton

Wednesday more than 100 Georgia middle and high school students became REACH scholars. The needs-based program gives each recipient a $10,000 college scholarship. Gov. Nathan Deal came out to congratulate Fulton County’s winners.

Deal reminded Fulton County scholars they have to continue working to keep their scholarships.

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Education
5:06 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Gwinnett School District Nabs Prestigious Award Again

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

The Gwinnett County school district has won a prestigious national award for the second time. But this year Gwinnett will share the prize with another district.

The Broad Prize usually recognizes one large urban school district that shows strong academic performance and improvement while also reducing the achievement gap.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan surprised a New York crowd with this year’s announcement.

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Education
8:15 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Georgia Receives Mixed Results on National Education Report

Credit Dan Raby/WABE News

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has released its latest Educational Leaders and Laggards report. The analysis grades each state in several academic areas. The report shows Georgia is leading in some and lagging in others.

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Politics
5:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Deal Says HOPE Grant Expansion on Second Term Agenda

Gov. Nathan Deal wants to expand the HOPE Grant to cover film-related fields. He's standing in front of the former state archives, which is being turned into a movie set.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

There are several weeks until the November elections, but Gov. Nathan Deal is already planning for his second term in office. The governor Thursday announced an expansion of the HOPE grant program, set to take effect in 2015.

The HOPE grant is a scholarship awarded to technical college students. It already covers full tuition in some high-demand fields, such as education and healthcare.

Standing in front of the former state archives building, which is being transformed into a movie set, Deal said he wants the grant to cover film-related fields too.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Candidates Face Off in Education Forum

Gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jason Carter (left) and incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal shake hands before PAGE's education forum Monday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

The Professional Association of Georgia Educators held a candidate forum Monday. Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and state schools superintendent talked about education.It wasn’t a debate, but there were some fireworks. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic opponent state Sen. Jason Carter sparred over education spending.

Carter accused Deal of implementing “Draconian” budget cuts. He said that forced some districts to shorten their calendars.

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Education
5:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Will Voters Choose Issues Over Party?

State Sen. Jason Carter (L) and Gov. Nathan Deal (R) spoke to educators at the second annual Education Leadership Institute at Atlanta's Marriott Marquis Friday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Nominees in some statewide races have insisted lately their elections are about issues, not politics. Some have made education a focal point. And it seems some voters may be willing to put Party aside when it comes to schools.

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic opponent state Sen. Jason Carter addressed a group of teachers at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute Friday.

Both struck impassioned tones. Carter spoke first. He claimed Deal hasn’t made education a financial priority and promoted his plan to create a separate education budget.

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Education
8:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Address Teachers

State schools superintendent candidates Republican Richard Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson spoke at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute Thursday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

The nominees for state school superintendent spoke at the second annual Georgia Education Leadership Institute Thursday. The event, held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis, offers informational sessions for teachers.

Each candidate addressed the group of educators separately. They didn’t debate each other.

Republican nominee Richard Woods, a former Irwin County educator, spoke first. Woods said his priorities include ensuring a fair teacher evaluation process; addressing math performance; and giving teachers plenty of flexibility.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Jindal Stops in Atlanta to Lend Deal Support

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (L) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed education reform in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited Atlanta Wednesday. Jindal came to offer support for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election campaign. Both Republican governors addressed education reform.

Jindal made headlines recently when he sued the Obama administration over the Common Core education standards. Jindal initially supported the standards, which Louisiana, Georgia, and most other states adopted.

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Education
4:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

For Some APS Students, First Lady's Advice Affirms Their Plans

First Lady Michelle Obama told Atlanta high school students to plan on college.
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First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School Monday. Mrs. Obama told students to plan on going to college. But some students have already jump-started the process.

The First Lady didn’t hold back. She told students earning a high school diploma isn’t enough if they want to compete in a global workforce.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Duncan Talks Race to the Top, Georgia Milestones

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School Monday. The Education Department kicked off its annual Back to School Bus Tour. After talking to students about planning for college, Duncan spoke about some other issues Georgia schools are facing.

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Education
8:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Georgia's School Funding Headed for Big Changes: A Talk with Two of the Legislature's Budget Writers

Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Alpharetta), on the left, and Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell), during their conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the State Senate Press Room on September 4, 2014.
Credit Adam Sweat / Georgia Senate Press Office

  In the first weeks of the 2014 school year, WABE presented a series of reports on the challenges facing Georgia's local schools.  In this final installment, we look at the biggest challenge of all:  money.  On September 4, 2014, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank, released a report, outlining the effects of years of state budget cuts and declining local property tax revenues.

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Education
4:33 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Georgia Perimeter Turns 50 Years Old

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Georgia Perimeter College is turning 50. Students, faculty, and staff celebrated Friday during Fall Convocation at the Clarkston Campus.

Georgia Perimeter opened as DeKalb College in 1964, and is the state’s oldest two-year college. But the venerable institution hit a roadblock in 2012. That’s when the school’s accreditor sanctioned it for running a $25 million deficit.

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American Graduate
4:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

College Officials Rethink Approach to Remediation

University officials are hoping a new approach to remediation will help more students graduate.
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Educators, business leaders, and lawmakers say students should leave high school “college and career ready”. But in 2011, 20% of Georgia’s college freshmen were not ready. They had to take remedial classes or Learning Support. Officials are now trying to reduce the need for Learning Support and help those students catch up faster.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Freedom House Launches Dream Schools Initiative

Freedom House announces the Dream Schools program, which will assist undocumented students with their college searches.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A new nonprofit organization called Freedom House has launched a program aimed at helping undocumented students earn college degrees.

The initiative is called Dream Schools. Freedom House co-founder Eduardo Sanmaniego is undocumented. He says when he asked his high school advisers about going to college, they assumed he had a social security number.

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Education
5:07 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Deal Talks Education, Tours DeKalb High School

Gov. Nathan Deal greets students as he tours Chamblee Charter High School in DeKalb County.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

During their first week of class, some DeKalb high school students received a visit from a high-ranking state official.

    

Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday toured Chamblee Charter High School, which moved into a new building in December. The campus houses cutting edge technology, spacious athletic facilities, and a building for the arts.

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Education
6:01 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Students Not Allowed Inside Riverdale Charter School On First Day

Utopian Academy for the Arts is located inside this Riverdale building
Michelle Wirth/WABE News

About 200 students showed up to Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale for their first day of school but were not allowed inside the building. School officials say the charter school did not hold its first day of classes as a precautionary measure, because the city’s fire marshal said he would escort students out of the building if it opened.

Shellene Lawler says it was heartbreaking to show up with her two sixth grade daughters and find out they would not get to start school.

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Atlanta Public Schools
5:48 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

No Air Conditioning? No Textbooks? No Problem, Says Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta school officials say the textbooks are expected to arrive some time during the first quarter of the school year.
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Monday, August 4th, 2014 was the first day of school for many metro Atlanta students.

However, in some Atlanta schools lack of air conditioning and a lack of textbooks were an issue.

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Education
8:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Committee to Study Federal Government's Hand in Education

The Federal Government's Role in Education Committee met for the first time Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A new statewide committee made up of educators, lawmakers, parents and grandparents met for the first time Wednesday. The group is charged with investigating the federal government’s role in state education.

At issue are the Common Core standards. Developed by states to provide consistent math and English standards, 48 states initially signed on. But critics claim the federal government was really behind it all, trying to exert control.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue July 29, 2014

What's the Problem with Math?

Stephen Leader teaches a geometry class at Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

There’s consensus among education experts: Americans are bad at math. Recent results on international tests show U.S. students trail not only mathematical leaders like China, Japan, and South Korea, but countries like Canada, Viet Nam, and the Czech Republic also outranked American kids.

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