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.
Voters will decide the Democratic and Republican nominees for state schools superintendent today. Current superintendent John Barge didn’t run for a second term. Instead, he entered the Republican gubernatorial primary, but lost to Gov. Nathan Deal.
WABE’s Martha Dalton spoke to Barge about his time in office. The conversation starts with Georgia’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Law. Barge explains how that changed the state’s accountability system.
Teachers’ unions have reacted strongly to a recent California court ruling, which stripped teachers of protections, including tenure. The country’s biggest teachers’ union asked U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to resign after he publicly supported the decision.
But will the ruling have any effect in Georgia? Education and legal experts don’t think so.
The International Society for Technology in Education held its annual conference in Atlanta this year. It started Saturday and ends Tuesday at the Georgia World Congress Center. The tech masterminds seemed to be on the young side this year.
Like many conferences of its size, this one had keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and presentations. Teachers, like Patty Lee of Fulton County, were there to sample some new technologies and compare notes.
U.S. schools have long struggled to effectively educate low-income students. But a recent Harvard study found compared with other industrialized countries, the U.S. doesn’t educate higher-income students that well either.
The study looked at 15-year-olds in families where at least one parent has a college degree or higher. Just 43% of those U.S. students scored at a proficient math level.
A hearing in a Fulton County courtroom drew a crowd Tuesday. A group of undocumented students filed a lawsuit against the state over its college tuition policy. Currently, undocumented students can attend most Georgia public colleges. But, they have to pay out-of-state tuition rates, which can be 3-4 times higher than in-state rates.
Cobb County school officials this week presented a balanced budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. The district seemingly overcame an estimated $80 million deficit.
Officials said they cut spending by $20 million; benefitted from another $20 million in increased property tax revenues; and received an additional $35 million in state funding this year. Chief Financial Officer Brad Johnson said the district will restore some cuts.
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.”