Some teachers from across Georgia could get a sneak peek at the new Georgia Milestones Assessments Test as soon as this month. Georgia Milestones will replace the CRCTs and End-of-Course Assessments for students.
Georgia educators will soon implement new programs for the state’s youngest students. Governor Nathan Deal announced Thursday the state was one of six to earn a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont were also awarded RTT-ELC grants.
Georgia is the sixth state in the nation to offer the Microsoft IT Academy to all its high school students. The state is putting up just over six hundred thousand dollars, while Microsoft is putting up 23 million dollars for the project.
The Georgia Department of Education is freezing the disbursement of certain federal funds to the Dougherty County School System. The department has concerns the district has inflated the number of students who qualify for federal meal assistance and has not properly overseen federal grant programs.
Officials with the US Department of Education released a report Tuesday questioning whether schools across the country are treating minority students equally when it comes to discipline. The report shows, African-Americans are more than three times as likely to be suspended or expelled than white students for similar offenses. A Georgia-based law center found similar numbers here.
Next year’s education budget is headed to the governor. Thursday, the State Board of Education shaved two percent from it, as mandated by Governor Deal. But one of school systems’ biggest financial challenge isn’t in the budget.
State education officials will decide in February whether to keep cursive in the curriculum. The flowing style of handwriting isn't mentioned in a new set of teaching guidelines adopted last year. Some educators doubt that cursive is critical to what students need to know in the 21st Century.