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March 5

March 5, 2011 --

Feds: Money manager bought beach house with client funds Senate bill tackles sales of tax liens Senate bill would halt contingency-fee forfeiture prosecutions Why did governor purge state Board of Education? Cobb official out amid workplace complaints Sandy Springs prostitution busts questioned Jury awards MARTA lt. $700K APS ethics panel finds evidence against board member

Sept. 10

September 10, 2010 --

Sanford Bishop steered scholarships to family Disabled Georgians sue over program cuts DeKalb: ‘Accreditation is safe’; lawmakers not so sure State Board of Education adopts governance, ethics standards Still no sale of Golf Hall property DA names special prosecutor for Warner Robins councilman

Opinion: Education $$$ cut again again despite record unemployment

Opinion: Education $$$ cut again again despite record unemployment
May 31, 2010 --

Thousands of Georgia teachers and other school workers — nurses, cafeteria supervisors, bus drivers and custodians — are losing their jobs due to another round of budget cuts. Salary cuts and furloughs are the new normal. Communities across Georgia are taking a big hit from the cuts. As one economist put it, “It is folly not to recognize the impact on the broader economic recovery.” Sarah Beth Gehl presents a few solutions to the school budget crisis.

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools

Test scores questioned at 1 in 10 GA schools
February 10, 2010 --

One in 10 Georgia public schools showed a suspicious number of changed answers on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test. The state Board of Education may order local investigations and monitoring of the 2010 CRCTs to “eliminate future problems and help students who have been adversely affected by test tampering,” said Kathleen Mathers, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. We’ve got the list of schools.

Auditors: Test tampering at schools in ATL, DeKalb, Fulton

June 11, 2009 --

Last fall, DeKalb County school officials could find no improprieties at a Decatur-area elementary where fifth-graders showed phenomenal improvement on a state-mandated math test. Now, state auditors say, the evidence is overwhelming that someone tampered with the tests last summer at Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb and three others in Georgia. Auditors believe “someone who […]