As part of Georgia’s federal Race to the Top education grant, state officials agreed to develop a merit pay program for teachers. The idea was to tie a new evaluation system to teachers’ salaries. But after a series of delays, federal officials recently took action.
On March 27, 2014, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was named the sole finalist for the job of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent.
For the past five years, Carstarphen has headed the Austin Independent School District in Texas. To find out how she did there, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Kate McGee, an education reporter who covered Carstarphen for NPR station KUT in Austin.
This week, the Georgia Senate passed a bill that sets up a process to review the Common Core education standards. The legislation also prevents the state from adopting national science and social studies standards. That has caused concern among some education experts.
Democratic state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter rolled out more education reform proposals this week. It’s the latest round in the political fight between Carter and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who is running for reelection.
During the past year, there has been an intense debate in Georgia over a new set of education standards called the Common Core.
Georgia is one of 45 states which have adopted the Common Core, but now some state lawmakers have filed bills to have the state opt out. The debate has produced some statements that are more myth than fact.
WABE's Martha Dalton sorted it out in a conversation with Denis O'Hayer.
A group of parents, lawmakers, and activists gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to oppose a new set of education standards called the Common Core. Georgia is one of 45 states that have adopted the standards.
Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) has co-sponsored two bills aimed at repealing the standards. He said the state board of education quickly adopted the Common Core, bypassing teachers, parents, and state lawmakers.
It’s National School Choice Week. Advocates for expanding choice in Georgia held a rally at the State Capitol Tuesday. The snow cut the program short, but several still showed up.
Danielle LeSure was a little bummed when the snow sent people home. LeSure is the director of education policy for the Georgia Center for Opportunity. She was hoping the rally would increase awareness about school choice in Georgia.
Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed adding more than $300 million in education spending. But two grassroots groups, who met at the Capitol Monday, are calling for even more.
Kristy Flowers is president of FACE It (Funding Awareness Campaign for Education) Cobb. Cobb County parents founded the group after realizing the district was running a huge deficit. Flowers said Deal’s proposed budget is a good start.
The DeKalb County school district’s accrediting agency took the school system off of probation this week. The district’s accreditors said whether DeKalb sustains its progress could depend on the results of the November school board elections. But before then, the county needs to establish new district lines.
The DeKalb County school system is no longer on accredited probation. The district’s accrediting agency announced Tuesday it has placed DeKalb on “accredited warned” status.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed DeKalb on probation a little over a year ago. SACS chief Mark Elgart said the district has more made progress over the last year than SACS expected.
“I would tell you a year ago, this system was closer to losing accreditation than retaining it,” Elgart said. “However, a lot has happened in a year.”
Georgia Tech is offering a first-of-its-kind master’s degree program in computer science. Classes for the program are taught entirely through Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs.
Several U.S. colleges offer MOOCs to undergraduates. The online classes are free and students can’t earn credit for them. Critics say that’s why many students don’t finish the courses. But Dr. Zvi Galil, the Dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing, says this program is more comprehensive.
Georgia education officials are on a tight deadline to come up with a new test for students in grades 3-12. The tests will be aligned with the Common Core education standards. Officials have been working on a solution since withdrawing from a national test consortium last summer.
On Thursday, state Senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter filed a Senate resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to establish a separate state education budget.
The resolution would require a two-thirds majority in both the Georgia House and Senate before voters would be able to weigh in. The announcement comes on the heels of Republican opponent Governor Nathan Deal proposing a $547 million funding boost for education yesterday.
On Wednesday, Governor Nathan Deal delivered his most optimistic state of the state speech since taking office. During the speech, Deal announced his budget will include an additional $547 million dollars for K-12 education.
If approved, Deal says the funding boost would be the largest the state has seen for K-12 education in seven years.
“This will enable us in partnership with local school districts to restore instructional days, eliminate teacher furloughs and increase teacher salaries.”
The proposal comes in a year where Deal is seeking reelection.
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced his proposal to increase spending on elementary and high school education by $547 million. One person who said he had not heard about the plan was the man in charge of the state's K-12 public education system: Superintendent John Barge. Barge wants the Governor's job; he's challenging Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.
In his annual State of the State message on Wednesday, Jan. 15, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will announce what he has promised will be a significant jump in state spending for elementary and high school education.
Now, WABE’s Denis O’Hayer has learned exactly how big that proposed boost will be.
In an interview, Governor Deal said increased state revenues now allow him to start restoring at least some of the estimated $6 billion in austerity cuts made over the last decade to the state’s funding channel to local school districts.
Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) promised his proposed budget will see the biggest increase in spending on K-12 education since the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
In a conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer, the Governor also talked about the state's troubled child welfare system; the fight over Medicaid expansion; a proposed change in the state's medical malpractice claims process; and the calls for a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the front of the State Capitol.