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8:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Candidates Face Off in Education Forum

Gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Jason Carter (left) and incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal shake hands before PAGE's education forum Monday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
5:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Will Voters Choose Issues Over Party?

State Sen. Jason Carter (L) and Gov. Nathan Deal (R) spoke to educators at the second annual Education Leadership Institute at Atlanta's Marriott Marquis Friday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
8:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Superintendent Candidates Address Teachers

State schools superintendent candidates Republican Richard Woods and Democrat Valarie Wilson spoke at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute Thursday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Jindal Stops in Atlanta to Lend Deal Support

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (L) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed education reform in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

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.

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Education
4:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

For Some APS Students, First Lady's Advice Affirms Their Plans

First Lady Michelle Obama told Atlanta high school students to plan on college.
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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.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Duncan Talks Race to the Top, Georgia Milestones

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

First Lady Michelle Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School Monday. The Education Department kicked off its annual Back to School Bus Tour. After talking to students about planning for college, Duncan spoke about some other issues Georgia schools are facing.

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Education
8:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Georgia's School Funding Headed for Big Changes: A Talk with Two of the Legislature's Budget Writers

Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-Alpharetta), on the left, and Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell), during their conversation with WABE's Denis O'Hayer in the State Senate Press Room on September 4, 2014.
Credit Adam Sweat / Georgia Senate Press Office

  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.

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Education
4:33 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Georgia Perimeter Turns 50 Years Old

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

Georgia Perimeter College is turning 50. Students, faculty, and staff celebrated Friday during Fall Convocation at the Clarkston Campus.

Georgia Perimeter opened as DeKalb College in 1964, and is the state’s oldest two-year college. But the venerable institution hit a roadblock in 2012. That’s when the school’s accreditor sanctioned it for running a $25 million deficit.

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American Graduate
4:48 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

College Officials Rethink Approach to Remediation

University officials are hoping a new approach to remediation will help more students graduate.
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Educators, business leaders, and lawmakers say students should leave high school “college and career ready”. But in 2011, 20% of Georgia’s college freshmen were not ready. They had to take remedial classes or Learning Support. Officials are now trying to reduce the need for Learning Support and help those students catch up faster.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Freedom House Launches Dream Schools Initiative

Freedom House announces the Dream Schools program, which will assist undocumented students with their college searches.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

A new nonprofit organization called Freedom House has launched a program aimed at helping undocumented students earn college degrees.

The initiative is called Dream Schools. Freedom House co-founder Eduardo Sanmaniego is undocumented. He says when he asked his high school advisers about going to college, they assumed he had a social security number.

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Education
5:07 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Deal Talks Education, Tours DeKalb High School

Gov. Nathan Deal greets students as he tours Chamblee Charter High School in DeKalb County.
Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

During their first week of class, some DeKalb high school students received a visit from a high-ranking state official.

    

Gov. Nathan Deal Wednesday toured Chamblee Charter High School, which moved into a new building in December. The campus houses cutting edge technology, spacious athletic facilities, and a building for the arts.

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Education
6:01 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Students Not Allowed Inside Riverdale Charter School On First Day

Utopian Academy for the Arts is located inside this Riverdale building
Michelle Wirth/WABE News

About 200 students showed up to Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale for their first day of school but were not allowed inside the building. School officials say the charter school did not hold its first day of classes as a precautionary measure, because the city’s fire marshal said he would escort students out of the building if it opened.

Shellene Lawler says it was heartbreaking to show up with her two sixth grade daughters and find out they would not get to start school.

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Atlanta Public Schools
5:48 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

No Air Conditioning? No Textbooks? No Problem, Says Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta school officials say the textbooks are expected to arrive some time during the first quarter of the school year.
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Monday, August 4th, 2014 was the first day of school for many metro Atlanta students.

However, in some Atlanta schools lack of air conditioning and a lack of textbooks were an issue.

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Education
8:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Committee to Study Federal Government's Hand in Education

The Federal Government's Role in Education Committee met for the first time Wednesday.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
8:15 am
Tue July 29, 2014

What's the Problem with Math?

Stephen Leader teaches a geometry class at Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

There’s consensus among education experts: Americans are bad at math. Recent results on international tests show U.S. students trail not only mathematical leaders like China, Japan, and South Korea, but countries like Canada, Viet Nam, and the Czech Republic also outranked American kids.

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Education
6:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Interview with State Schools Superintendent John Barge

Credit Evan Changhwan Jang

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. 

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Education
9:27 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Ask Atlanta's New School Superintendent Your Questions

Credit Jason Parker / WABE

Dr. Meria Carstarphen is the new Superintendent of the Atlanta Public School system.

Public Broadcasting Atlanta is giving you the chance to ask Dr. Carstarphen questions about her goals, priorities and plans to improve Atlanta Public Schools. 

Submit your question now by completing the form on PBA.org, and watch for our exclusive documentary: “Day One: Atlanta’s New School Superintendent.” 

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Education
8:35 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Will California Tenure Ruling Affect Georgia Teachers?

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Why is a Good Principal Hard to Find? (And Keep?)

Bob Farrace is the director of communications for the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Credit Bob Farrace

Recruiting and keeping good principals is a challenge for many U.S. school districts. A recent study from The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says part of the problem is the job is high-pressure, grueling, and underpaid.

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Education
8:35 am
Tue July 1, 2014

International Society for Technology in Education Holds 2014 Conference in Atlanta

Girls Engaged in Math and Science, a Tuscaloosa-based group, created this musical instrument for students with disabilities.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
8:35 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Study Finds U.S. Students Don't Match Up Regardless of Background

Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
8:35 am
Fri May 16, 2014

State Taps CTB/McGraw-Hill to Develop New Tests

The Georgia Department of Education chose publisher CTB/McGraw-Hill to develop new tests for students in grades K-12.

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Education
5:17 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Tuition Hearing Draws a Crowd

A packed courtroom listened to arguments about the state's college tuition policy for undocumented students.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

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. 

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Education
5:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Cobb School District Presents Balanced Budget

The Cobb County school board is expected to vote on a proposed budget later this month.
Credit Martha Dalton/WABE News

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.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Report: Juvenile Justice Schools Doing More Harm Than Good

Credit Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Juvenile justice education programs may be doing more harm than good according to a new study by the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation.

Through a compilation of federal data, the report concludes incarcerated youths often receive an education worse than they would outside the juvenile justice system, and one that’s more expensive.

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Education
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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