Georgia Board of Education

3:18 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

House OKs Easier Path To Diploma Despite Failing Tests

Former students who did not pass the graduation test can request a waiver from the State Board of Education.
Credit John Amis / Associated Press

The Georgia House of Representatives has approved a bill letting thousands of Georgians who did not pass high school graduation tests petition local officials for diplomas.

It now goes to the Senate for consideration. Students have not taken the tests since the 2013 school year.

Former students who did not pass the graduation test can request a waiver from the State Board of Education. But officials say the board can only hear 300 cases a year.

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4:35 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

State Board of Education Approves New Teacher Evaluations

Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

The state board of education approved a new evaluation system for teachers and principals Thursday. The system will be fully implemented next year. However, most Georgia schools have been piloting the new evaluations already.

The system has been somewhat controversial. Students’ test scores comprise at least half of teachers’ evaluations. Before the board vote, retired professor Cita Cook urged a cautious approach.

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4:15 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

State Education Board Gives Schools Option To Make Up Snow Days

With the snow and ice storm behind the state, how will school systems make up for more than a week’s worth of snow days?

The Georgia Board of Education Thursday gave school systems some flexibility in addressing that issue by unanimously approving a resolution to increase the number of emergency days a district can take without special board approval.

Districts now have the option to not make up as many as nine school days that may have been canceled due to the recent ice and snow storms that effectively shuttered the state.

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7:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Sorting Through Some Common Core Debate Myths, with WABE's Martha Dalton

Halley Belacore, a paraprofessional at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, helps a student with an art project.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

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.

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9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

State Board of Education Outlines Plan to Review Common Core

The state board of education Thursday outlined a plan to review a new set of education standards. The move comes at the request of Gov. Nathan Deal.

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11:24 am
Thu September 26, 2013

State Board of Education to Map Out Common Core Review

Gov. Nathan Deal requested the state board of education conduct a review of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

The state board of education is expected to set guidelines Thursday for a review of a set of education standards called the Common Core.  Governor Nathan Deal wrote a letter to the board last month requesting the review. 

The governor said he made the request because members of the General Assembly expressed concerns about the standards. Deal, a Republican, has faced opposition from members of his own party over the Common Core. But when the criticism began, the governor defended the standards.

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5:42 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Gov. Deal Orders Review of Common Core Education Standards

Gov. Deal issued an executive order in May denouncing any federal intrusion on Georgia education policy. The move seemingly came from Republican pressure and appeared to reinforce the governor's commitment to the standards.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Gov. Nathan Deal has asked the state board of education to conduct a “formal evaluation” of new education standards called the Common Core. But State Superintendent John Barge says his department was already conducting a review.

Barge says he’s surveying teachers to see if changes need to be made after the first year of Common Core implementation. He says he didn’t know the governor wanted an additional evaluation.

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6:31 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

State Continues Hearing For DeKalb School Board

The scene from today's State Board of Education meeting. DeKalb school officials have been making their case for the school system to regain full accreditation.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE News

All day long, DeKalb County school officials have been making their case to the State Board of Education. 

At issue is whether the state board will recommend Governor Deal remove DeKalb school board members from office. The district is on accredited probation due to board governance issues.

WABE’s Martha Dalton is at the State Board hearing and provided this update:

Update 6:04pm

Textbooks have been a focus of this afternoon's testimony.

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4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

State Board of Education Holds Hearing on Fate of DeKalb School Board

DeKalb County school board members appear in an earlier hearing before the State Board of Education.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Will the Georgia school board recommend to Governor Deal that he remove the DeKalb County school board members?

Before a recommendation is made, the DeKalb board has been defending itself today in a hearing before the state board of education that is still underway.

WABE’s Martha Dalton is at the hearing and provides this update:

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2:58 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Judge Says DeKalb School Board Hearing Will Proceed Despite Lawsuit

The DeKalb School Board is under scrutiny by the State Board of Education.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

 A state hearing that could result in the suspension of all nine members of the DeKalb County School Board will proceed as scheduled. 

Attorney Bob Wilson filed a lawsuit yesterday to obtain a temporary restraining order to stop Thursday's scheduled hearing by the Georgia State Board of Education on whether to recommend to Governor Deal that the members of the DeKalb board be replaced.  But today Judge Kelly Lee denied the request because it wasn’t submitted five days in advance, as required by law.

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3:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

DeKalb School District Files Lawsuit To Stop Thursday Hearing

Updated 5:20 PM -- See Below

The DeKalb County School District has filed a motion with the Superior Court of Fulton County asking for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the DeKalb school board's scheduled hearing before the State Board of Education on Thursday. 

The DeKalb school system was placed on probation in December by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for what SACS called board governance issues that were preventing major decisions from being made. 

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5:43 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Hearing Produces Apparent Tension Between Board Members

DeKalb board chairman Eugene Walker testifies in front of state board of education.
Credit Martha Dalton

At a hearing Thursday, the Georgia Board of Education unanimously voted to meet again with members of the embattled DeKalb County school board. The hearing was required because the DeKalb board was recently put on probation by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. 

During the hearing, there appeared to be frustration on both sides. State board members, like Mike Royal, repeatedly said DeKalb's governance problems, outlined by SACS, didn’t happen overnight.

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6:51 am
Thu January 17, 2013

State Board of Education to Vote on Appointments to State Charter Schools Commission

The State Board of Education's Charter Committee narrows down the list of potential appointments to the State Charter Schools Commission

A state charter schools commission that’s being reestablished after voters overwhelmingly approved a controversial amendment to the state’s constitution is one step closer to reality. Along with the State Board of Education, the commission can approve charter schools over the objection of local school boards.

Members of the State Board of Education’s Charter Committee selected seven names from nominations submitted by Gov. Deal, Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston.

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5:49 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

State Board of Education Turns Down Fulton Science Academy Middle School Petition

The State Board of Education voted Thursday to deny a petition for Fulton Science Academy Middle School to become a state charter special school. As a result the Academy, which has an enrollment of about 500 students, will cease to exist as a public school when its charter expires on June 30. However, the Academy plans to reopen as a private institution for the 2012-2013 school year.

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