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Cobb school board votes to close charter school
Apr 21, 6:11 AM: The International Academy of Smyrna’s scores on the state report card (the red line) have plummeted far below the averages for both the Cobb County School District and the state.
Judge: Atlanta can outsource school operations to charter school groups
Apr 19, 6:29 AM: The Atlanta school board is free to hire private groups to manage local schools, a Fulton County judge ruled earlier this year in response to a lawsuit brought by the Atlanta and Georgia Association of Educators.
State board votes to shut down Macon Charter Academy
Apr 19, 6:26 AM: The Georgia Board of Education has voted to revoke Macon Charter Academy’s permission to run a school, effective Aug. 31, on the grounds that the school is not meeting the terms of its contract to operate.
Athens City Schools to restructure elementary schools into academies
Apr 19, 5:05 AM: The elementary schools would stay zoned the same, but each school would become an academy. Students can enroll in their zoned academy, or transfer to a different academy based on space availability. Transportation will be provided >
Study finds merit pay for teachers could have merit
Apr 13, 6:38 AM: Georgia hasn’t gone there, but not so long ago the idea of moving the state’s public school teachers into a “merit” pay system was a topic of heated debate, with none other than the Gov. Nathan Deal pushing the >
Colquitt Co. schools to offer online education to students
Apr 13, 5:27 AM: As technology becomes more prevalent in South Georgia classrooms, Colquitt County Schools are taking students education one step further.
Lanier Charter Career Academy will grow connections, change name
Apr 3, 7:00 AM: Lanier Charter Career Academy is changing its name and expanding its connections with other schools, but its core mission of preparing students for employment and helping them become contributing members of their communities remains >
Education bill increases governor’s control, but not completely
Apr 3, 5:29 AM: The backdoor school takeover bill, House Bill 338, was approved by both the Georgia House and Senate, and has been waiting for Deal to sign it into law since Wednesday. But the final version of the bill limits Deal’s control and >
Charter high school an option for Marietta students
Apr 3, 5:29 AM: Claims to the contrary, Marietta City Schools does not force minority students to enroll in a local charter high school, the head of that charter school says.
Lawmakers approve charter school bill
Mar 31, 6:31 AM: Legislation to ease access to buildings and money for charter schools was approved late Thursday after a failed attempt to merge it with a school grant program as the legislative session neared its final hour.
Georgia lawmakers disagree on tax credits for private school scholarships
Mar 31, 5:15 AM: Georgia lawmakers disagreed Thursday on changes to the state’s tax credits for student scholarships program, and the clock ran out on the legislation.
Tax credits for private school passes Senate
Mar 30, 4:42 AM: Over objections from the chairmen of the Cobb and Marietta school boards, three Cobb representatives are pushing a bill that could raise the cap of state income tax credits for private school scholarships.
Senate increases tax credits for scholarships
Mar 29, 5:15 AM: The Georgia Senate on Tuesday approved an increase of the cap on the state’s tax credit for private school scholarships program.
School choice can put some rural districts at risk of losing funds
Mar 28, 7:09 AM: Epps said the public school system is a vital part of this community. It’s one of the largest employers in Talbot County, where one-quarter of the population lives in poverty. And there are no private or charter schools in the >
Cobb senators clash over school vouchers
Mar 27, 4:56 AM: State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, tried to tack on a school voucher amendment to this year’s legislation addressing struggling schools, but only ended up butting heads with another Cobb senator.
Charter school legislation clarifies access to funding, “unused” buildings
Mar 24, 7:04 AM: Easier access to money and school buildings are among the benefits for charter schools of proposed changes to Georgia education law.
Forsyth Virtual gives students alternative to classroom
Mar 22, 6:02 AM: The Forsyth County Board of Education heard a presentation March 14 on the academy, which serves students from 6th-12th grad. Students and staff explained how the program works, how it’s successful and could be improved. There are >
Tax breaks for private school scholarships would grow under new legislation
Mar 22, 5:32 AM: A program that lets taxpayers erase some of their debt to the state if they earmark the money for private school tuition would grow by $7 million a year under new amendments by Georgia lawmakers.
School improvement bill clears Senate panel, with modifications
Mar 21, 5:50 AM: The legislative proposal to improve Georgia’s lowest-performing schools exited a Senate committee Monday and could soon be on its way to the governor, assuming lawmakers agree to the recent changes.
Senators consider, amend Georgia House’s school turnaround plan
Mar 16, 5:40 AM: The legislative proposal to improve Georgia’s lowest-performing schools got another hearing and some amendments Wednesday, but did not advance through the Senate.



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