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Dem. Leaders Push HOPE Revision

A group of state Democrats says it has a plan to fully fund HOPE scholarship students returning this fall. But that proposal is getting a frosty reception from the Governor’s office.

Virtual Schools Registering Students

This year 8-thousand young adults will have completed the school year online. Numbers expected to grow. Lawmakers approved virtual schools in 2008.

Ga. Supreme Court Delays Charter Ruling

Georgia Supreme Court Justices are putting off a decision in one of their most high-profile cases. Court-watchers say the delay in the charter school commission case is highly unusual but doesn't hint as to how the court will decide. The case will settle the hot question of who has final authority to approve charter schools in Georgia.

DOD Taps KSU For Brain Injury Study

A Kennesaw Sate University professor has won a generous $2.4 million grant from the Department of Defense. Dr. Svetlana Dambinova is developing a blood test to diagnose concussions and mild traumatic brain injury. Thousands of American military personnel suffer heads injuries each year. But it’s also a problem among the general population.

Lawmakers Could Limit Tuition Hikes

Georgia lawmakers want to amend the state constitution to prevent the Board of Regents from raising tuition more than the rate of inflation.

Charter School Ruling Expected This Week

The state Supreme Court is expected to rule this week whether the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is constitutional. Seven school districts challenged the commission’s constitutionality, arguing only districts can approve charter schools, and they said the state is taking money away from other public schools. A lower court sided with the commission.

Feds Want 53% College Grad Rate in Georgia

Georgia colleges need to boost graduation rates to at least 53 percent by 2020, according to a new federal report. It’s the state’s share of an Obama administration goal for the U-S to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Georgia had a graduation rate of 35 percent in 2009.

Georgia's New Writers Hall of Famers

The inductees include a celebrated non-fiction writer, a Pulitzer prize winning poet and the hall's first-ever lyricist. Charter members of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame include legends like Alice Walker and Margaret Mitchell.

GHSA Delays Reclassification Vote

GHSA will meet again in May. Could vote for the reclassification plan or leave things the way they are. Officials say more study is needed.

Colleges Pull Students Out of Japan

A handful of students studying in Japan from the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech are coming home after the U.S. State Department advised all Americans in the Asian country to leave. Emory University is asking three of its students to return home as well.

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