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Some School Kids Vaccinated Free

Children in several Georgia counties will be getting free flu vaccinations at school. It’s the first time the state has offered the program to counties. The program’s intent is to keep kids healthy and in school.

Coffee Schools Eye Full Accreditation

South Georgia's Coffee County Schools will get another visit from their accrediting agency next month. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the system on probation earlier this year after school board members became dysfunctional and micromanaging and threatened school staff.

Illegal Students Need Not Apply?

A committee of the Georgia Board of Regents Tuesday approved a plan to prevent illegal immigrants from attending state schools.

Teachers Hear Barnes, Deal Education Plans

The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor both say if elected, they’d make education a top priority. Both Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes spoke to a teachers’ group this week.

MCG Gets A New Name

The Board of Regents voted to allow the Medical College of Georgia to change its name. Officials say the new name is a better fit for the state’s only public medical school.

Stimulus Boosts UGA Research Funding

The University of Georgia says, it attracted more research funding in the fiscal year that ended in June than it's ever attracted before. The record-breaking amount, $176 million, was bolstered by $24 million in federal stimulus money that probably won't be coming back.

Regents Visit North Georgia Colleges

The governing body for the state’s 35 colleges and universities is doing a tour of a handful of institutions this week. Tuesday the Board of Regents were spread across north Georgia.

A New Grade For Schools?

Georgia’s public high schools could receive grades under a plan being considered by the state Board of Education. Currently the only measure of a school’s performance is the federal Annual Yearly Progress test, also known as AYP.

SAT Scores Drop, Again

Georgia high school students fared worse on the SAT college-entrance exam for the fourth year in a row. The state's average score on the test was 1,453, a seven-point drop from last year and a 24-point drop from 2006, when scores began to decrease steadily. The state also lags behind the national average score of 1,509, which stayed flat this year.

State School Board Adopts Local Rules

The State Board of Education Thursday adopted the nation’s first standards and ethics policies for local school boards. The Local School Board Governance Standards and Model Ethics Policy is a result of Senate Bill 84 passed earlier this year. It allows the state more control over school boards, including giving the Governor the right to remove school board members if accreditation is at risk.

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