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New standardized test, end-of-course exams won’t be used for promotion

New standardized test, end-of-course exams won’t be used for promotion

Georgia students’ promotion and failure won’t be tied to a new standardized test this school year. State officials have reduced the first-year impact of the $108-million assessment they are pushing to finalize, eight months before it is to be administered for the first time.

School day recess and PE times diminish

School day recess and PE times diminish

Schools pushing for more class time with students to meet rigorous assessment standards have cut back on recess and physical education.

Education myths dispelled

Education myth busters: Do criticisms of U.S. schools rely on distortions?

University of Georgia professor and frequent AJC Get Schooled contributor Peter Smagorinsky discusses an interesting new book exposing the misperceptions and distortions about America's schools.

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Legislative session brings renewed push for alternatives to traditional public schools

Children will have better job choices if more of them have school choice

Robert Enlow is president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the legacy foundation of Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman and his wife Rose.

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Report: Atlanta region is a magnet for foreign college students

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta region ranked 11th among metropolitan areas nationwide for the number of foreign college students it welcomed between 2008 and 2012, a new report shows.

Some schools zero in on new grading system to make big gains

CRCT 2014: Test scores continue to lag in many metro Atlanta schools

School-by-school scores on the CRCT, the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, are out, the latest round of results highlighting the progress of individual schools on the state-mandated exams.

School test scores: CCRPI (CRCT)

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In your schools: Best in class

Best in Class for Aug. 22

DeKalb County’s Cary Reynolds Elementary School won a $10,000 school improvement grant as part of Georgia United Credit Union’s School Crasher Makeover Grant program.

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Valdosta vs. Brookwood

Saturday afternoon at Corky Kell Classic

Since its inception in 1992, the annual Corky Kell Classic signaled the beginning of the high school football season in Georgia.

Valdosta vs. Brookwood

2014 Corky Kell Classic

This year's annual high school football grand opening event takes place at McEachern High School. A total of seven games are scheduled for two days.

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Percentage of Low Income Students in Public Schools 2011

Percentage of Low Income Students in Public Schools 2011

Georgia in 2011 ranked 6th in the nation with low income students making up 57% of its public schools.

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Gwinnett County lets one elected official be the boss of his own girlfriend. An Atlanta city councilman votes on government spending that funds the paychecks of his brothers and sisters.

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Child deportation cases clog Atlanta’s immigration court

When it was time for their deportation hearings, the children solemnly filed into the downtown Atlanta Immigration Court, slid into their seats and craned their necks so they could hear the translator at the front of the crowded courtroom.

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DeKalb County leaves door open to abuse

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