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UGA Plans Oil Spill Conference

Scientists, government officials, community leaders and journalists will gather at the University of Georgia this month for a symposium that will examination communication during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

More Kids Need Free Lunch

The number of Georgia K-12 students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches has jumped 4 percent in the last two years. Now, more than 57 percent of students can enroll in the program.

DeKalb Could Close Schools

The DeKalb County school board has presented a proposal to close 12 elementary school and use a high school and middle school to house magnet programs.

Georgia Schools Offer Lesson In Living With Cutbacks

How are school districts coping with reduced budgets? Franklin County, in northeast Georgia, provides an object lesson.

Watch Again: Helping Teachers Improve Via Video

The Gates Foundation is spending millions of dollars to answer a very difficult question: What makes a great teacher great?

Education Year In Review: Did We Learn Anything in 2010?

NPR education reporters Larry Abramson and Claudio Sanchez discuss the past year in education — and what's to come in 2011. Among stories to look out for in the new year are the political repercussions from failure to pass the DREAM act, the slow start for Race to the Top (President Obama's version of No Child Left Behind) and funding cuts in local school districts.

Electronic GED Testing For Georgians

Change is coming to the GED program. Georgia will be among the first states in the country where the high school equivalency test will be offered electronically.

State Boosts Virtual Charter School Funding

Virtual charter schools are getting a financial boost in the state. And parents who choose the cyber route to educate their kids will have more options next year.

'Freedom Riders': Documentary Retraces Bus Rides To End Segregation

The film, "Freedom Riders," recounts the 1961 crusade by daring young activists intent on ending segregated travel on interstate buses in the Deep South. The American Experience film, set to air May 16 on PBS, has been generating buzz on the film festival circuit ever since its showing at Sundance in January.

Ga. District Proposes Self-Directed Programs for High Schools

Traditional high schools are working to meet the needs of a new breed of students—those graduating from the county's schools of choice that focus on self-direction.

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