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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.

Candidates Outline Education Ideas

On Tuesday Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal released his education platform. The move comes after Democratic opponent Roy Barnes last week promised salary increases for teachers, smaller class sizes and a ban on furloughs.

Kids Fitness Program Beats State Mandate

House Bill 229 will require kids to take a fitness test. Some schools implementing requirements early. Goal is to help rising childhood obesity rates in Georgia.

Schools Make Plans For Federal Funds

Public schools now know how much federal money they will be getting from a bill passed earlier this month to save teacher jobs. Some systems will use it to prop up next year’s budget when stimulus funds run out.

Budget Cuts Limit School Transfers

Some Georgia public school students are not able to transfer as easily to other schools as they used to. Due to budget cuts, some schools are too maxed out for transfer students.

Military Spouses Gain Education Aid

Spouses of active duty Fort Benning soldiers will see their education benefits extended. The state has secured more funding for Career Advancement Accounts, or CAA’s. About 100 additional spouses can get grants to continue their education.