The federal government requires states to test students in grades 3-12 every year, and several states, including Georgia, are starting to use scores from those tests to evaluate teachers. Some parents and educators, however, worry schools are too focused on ‘the test’.
Every year, you can tell when it’s ‘high stakes test time’. Parents start posting on social media about how stressed their kids are over end-of-the-year tests.
U.S. lawmakers are pretty polarized these days, but they seem to agree investing in early education pays off. Studies show kids who go to school early have a better chance of graduating from high school and are less likely to commit crimes. So hundreds of education researchers wrote an open letter to policymakers urging them to prioritize early education.
The Republicans’ election sweep included the race for state schools superintendent. GOP candidate Richard Woods beat Democrat Valarie Wilson by a wide margin.
Early on, Wilson’s supporters were confident. Noisemakers and confetti sat on tables, ready for a victory celebration. But they remained untouched shortly before midnight when Wilson conceded. She said she was surprised Woods nabbed 60 percent of the vote.
During the Freedom Summer of 1964, hundreds of college students flocked to Mississippi to help register African-American voters. Fifty years later, that event is still inspiring other social movements, some of which also use the name ‘Freedom’. One such group at Emory University is sticking up for undocumented students.
Georgia Congressman John Lewis helped organize the Freedom Summer. He also delivered Emory’s commencement address last spring, where he urged students to support immigration reform.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. Three top races are U.S. Senate, Governor and State Schools Superintendent. WABE has interviewed the candidates in those races.
In the State Schools Superintendent race, Richard Woods is the Republican candidate.
In South Georgia’s Irwin County school system, Woods has been a principal and curriculum director for Kindergarten through fifth grade. But, he spent most of his 22 years there as a high school social studies teacher.
Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day. This week, WABE will air interviews with some candidates in statewide races. Monday we focused on who might succeed John Barge as State Schools Superintendent. Democratic Candidate Valarie Wilson spoke with WABE’s Martha Dalton. Wilson served on the Decatur school board and the state School Boards Association. But some might wonder why a candidate for superintendent has never been a teacher. The interview starts with Wilson’s answer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.