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9:44 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Federal Education Officials Withhold Georgia Grant Money

The U.S. Education Department is withholding $10 million of the $400 million Georgia won through Race to the Top.
Credit Daniel Borman

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.

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Education
8:35 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Report: Schools Aren't Meeting Needs of Students from Immigrant Families

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Georgia’s public high schools and colleges aren’t meeting the needs of students from immigrant families. That’s according to a recent report from the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The report examines how children of immigrants fare in Georgia’s education and workforce preparation systems. Michael Fix, the Migration Policy Institute’s CEO, says there’s room for improvement.

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Atlanta Public Schools
7:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Dr. Carstarphen's Austin Report Card: A Talk with KUT Education Reporter Kate McGee

Kate McGee, education reporter for KUT, the NPR station in Austin, Texas
Credit KUT News

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.

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Atlanta Public Schools
5:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Likely New Atlanta Superintendent Talks Atlanta Cheating Scandal

If approved by the school board, Dr. Meria Carstarphen assumes a number of challenges including the most notable one, the cheating scandal.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

The lone finalist to become the next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent met with Governor Nathan Deal and then with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on Friday.

If approved by the school board, Dr. Meria Carstarphen assumes a number of challenges including the most notable one.

That means rebounding from one of the darkest moments for APS.

Dr. Carstarphen was asked to reflect on what was called the nation’s largest cheating scandal.

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Atlanta Public Schools
9:50 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Lone Candidate for Atlanta Schools Superintendent, "We Are Going to Do This Together"

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has been named as the sole finalist for the superintendent job in Atlanta, Georgia.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

A lone finalist is likely the next superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools.

Thursday, district officials introduced Dr. Meria Carstarphen as their choice for the next school chief.

Dr. Carstarphen is currently the superintendent for the Austin Independent School District in Texas.

As she walked into the library of Hope Hill Elementary, Dr. Meria Carstarphen gave high fives to the students seated on the floor.

When she addressed the room, she talked about coming home to another part of the South.

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Education
8:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Bill Banning Adoption of Science Standards Sparks Concern

Credit University of the Fraser Valley via flickr.com / http://flic.kr/p/eJ7WhA

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.

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Local
7:17 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Group Calls for Smaller School Systems

Georgians for Local Area School Systems (GLASS) is calling for smaller, accountable school districts.
Credit GLASS

There are many city and county school systems in metro Atlanta.

Georgians for Local Area School Systems wants some new, smaller school districts.

The organization, GLASS for short, supports House Resolution 486, which would allow cities formed after 2005 to start their own school districts.

"It's something that 49 other state do have in their constitution.  There's flexibility for consolidation and not de-consolidation of school districts," says co-founder Erika Harris.

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Local
8:17 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Separating Georgia from Common Core

Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) urges senators to support HB 167, which aims to pull Georgia away from the Common Core.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

The Georgia Senate Wednesday approved a bill aimed at separating the state from the Common Core education standards. 

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Early Childhood Education
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

How Effective Are Early Education Programs?

At College Heights Early Learning Center in Decatur, 5-year-old Brice demonstrates how to draw horizontal lines.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Georgia is one of the few states that offers a universal Pre-Kindergarten program. It’s received national acclaim. But, how well do such programs prepare children for kindergarten?

Inside the Classroom

If most pre-k classes are like those at College Heights Early Learning Center in Decatur, they’re noisy.

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Local
10:11 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Education Battle in 2014 Governor's Race Continues

State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter (D-Decatur) rebutting Gov. Nathan Deal’s State of the State last January.

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.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
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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Local
5:21 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Groups Form Coalition to Support Common Core Standards

Chris Clark, CEO and President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, speaks at a press conference supporting the Common Core.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A new set of education standards continues to spark controversy across the U.S. and here in Georgia. 45 states, including Georgia, have adopted the Common Core education standards.

Wednesday, a coalition gathered at the State Capitol to express support for the standards. The move came one day after opponents advocated opting out of the Common Core.  

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Education
8:35 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Common Core Opponents Speak Out

Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) organized the press conference to oppose the Common Core education standards.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Snow Cuts School Choice Rally Short, But Doesn't Dampen Support

Some school choice advocates braved the snow to show their support at the Capitol Tuesday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE

  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.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Grassroots Groups Press for Education Funding

FACE It Cobb teamed up with EmpowerED Georgia to advocate for education spending at the Georgia Capitol Monday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Local
9:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Before Elections, DeKalb Needs Defined School Districts

The DeKalb school district's sustained success could depend on the outcome of the November school board elections.
Credit Nick Nesmith/WABE News

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.

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Local
5:31 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Will DeKalb School District Sustain Progress?

The DeKalb County school board went from "accredited on probation" to "accredited warned" status.
Credit Nick Nesmith/WABE News

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced Tuesday the DeKalb County school district is no longer on accredited probation. But, SACS also said DeKalb needs to sustain its progress.

Mark Elgart heads SACS’ parent company. He cited the district’s improvements in governance and financial management. But Elgart also said the school board’s work isn’t over.

“One of the most important elements as you move forward is the sustainability of the actions you’ve taken to date and the identification and implementation of new actions,” he said.  

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Local
5:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

DeKalb School District Improves Accreditation Status

The DeKalb County school district has improved its accreditation status.
Credit Nick Nesmith/WABE NEws

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.”

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Local
9:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Georgia Tech Begins First MOOC-Based Degree Program

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Atlanta Public Schools
4:14 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Atlanta Mayor and School Board Differ on Next Superintendent Salary

In this WABE file photo, at the Atlanta History Center at The Carter Breakfast.Mayor Kasim Reed talks about how to attract the best candidate for the school system.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM/Charles Edwards

What will it take to attract the next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent?

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed today stood by his idea to double the salary in order to attract what he calls the best in class.

Reed first talked about how to attract the best candidate in 2012.

In the first of two reports from WABE’s Michell Eloy and Rose Scott, new APS board chair Courtney English says the board doesn’t support the Mayor’s plan.

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Education
11:41 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Education Officials on Short Deadline for New Common Core Test

Officials are still deciding on a test to assess the Common Core education standards.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Sen. Carter Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Separate Education Budget

Carter unveils his proposal along with other Democratic lawmakers.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

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.

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Local
11:37 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Standards Tighten for Teachers, Training Programs

Teachers will have to pass a content-area test in addition to a performance-based assessment in order to receive a Georgia certificate.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

The state agency that certifies public school teachers is tightening its requirements. But, officials say all of the changes won’t happen overnight.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission says it’s setting a higher bar. Executive secretary Kelly Henson says college students entering the teaching profession will need to be better-prepared academically:

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:28 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

New Atlanta Board Members Ready to Work

Newly elected and returning members of the Atlanta Board of Education are sworn into office.
Credit Scott C. King, APS

The Atlanta Public Schools will have a new superintendent, but the announcement won’t come until April.

The newly sworn in APS board will receive a list of finalists recommended by a search committee.

Selection of the next schools chief is the first major task for the board.

And as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the newest board members say they’re ready to work.

In between the hugs, congratulations and photos being taken, the faces of the new members of the APS board were all smiles after being sworn in.

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Politics
4:26 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

State of the State: Deal Proposes $547M in Added Education Funding

Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

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.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
4:18 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Deal-Barge Exchange Shows How Leaders Communicate (or Don't) When They're Election Opponents

(L-R) John Barge and Nathan Deal

  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.

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Education
10:55 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New Atlanta School Board Chair Talks Moving The District Forward

Newly elected APS board chair Courtney English talks about the challenges of the past for the Atlanta Public Schools.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

This week members of the Atlanta Board of Education took an oath as they were sworn in by Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland of the Superior Court of Fulton County.

Only 2 original board members are left from when the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal was revealed.

That includes At-Large Seat 7 Representative Courtney English who was unanimously voted board chairman.

In a two-part interview with WABE’s Rose Scott, English talks about the challenges of the past and how the board plans to govern for the future.

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Politics
7:31 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Exclusive: Gov. Deal Will Propose Half-Billion Dollar Boost in Education Spending

In this file photo, Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) speaks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the Governor's office on January 13, 2014.
Credit Andrea Briscoe

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.

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The 5:44 with Denis O'Hayer
8:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

A Talk with Governor Nathan Deal on the Eve of the 2014 Legislative Session

Governor Nathan Deal (R-Georgia) talks with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the Governor's office at the State Capitol on January 10, 2014
Credit Andrea Briscoe

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.

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Education
6:16 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Georgia's K-12 National Ranking Shows Progress, But Funding Woes Continue

Georgia’s overall K thru 12 achievement ranks 17th in the nation.

That’s according to an Education Week report released today.

It grades and ranks eighteen education related indicators in areas such as reading and math, spending and chance for success.

But as WABE’s Rose Scott reports, while there are positive gains, Georgia’s state superintendent says there’s still more to do and it begins with funding.

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