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Forsyth County Schools created a hostile environment for students with books bans

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) ended an investigation this week on Forsyth County Schools that alleges that the removal of books from Black or LGBTQI+ authors from school libraries created a hostile environment for students based on sex, race, color, or national origin under Title IX of the Education Amendments […]

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Legislation Roundup: Here are the education bills introduced this week

This week, the Senate Joint Education and Youth and Higher Education Committees held their first meetings of this year’s legislative session. Topics discussed in the committee included an overview of current literacy programs and new teacher training on reading instruction and professional development. Several education bills were also introduced in both the state House and […]

Posted inGeorgia Department of Education

Kemp announces teacher pay increase in inauguration speech

Governor Brian Kemp announced raises for teachers and other government employees during his second-term inauguration speech on Jan. 12, 2022.  The governor’s 2023 budget proposes $2,000 pay raises for all state employees including state law enforcement, pre-kindergarten teachers, and kindergarten through 12th-grade personnel. Before the announcement, the average entry-level salary for a K-12 teacher in […]

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Congress Passes Gun Violence Bill; FY 2023 Experiences Increases

In the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and other mass shootings in the United States, Congress has passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act–intended to reduce gun violence and also includes new investments for K-12 schools.  The bill includes promoting state “red flag” laws, expanded protections for victims of domestic violence, more substantial […]

Posted inGeorgia Politics

Georgia PTA Issues Statement on Culturally Responsive Curricula

In the aftermath of concerned parents storming school board meetings throughout the metro Atlanta area, Georgia PTA has issued a statement on the need for culturally responsive curricula in schools. The statement comes after the State Board of Education passed a resolution essentally the ‘banning’ of critical race theory being taught in K-12 despite dozens […]

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Morehouse College Clears Account Balances for Previously Enrolled Students

In a historic move, Morehouse College announced today that outstanding balances of students who have not enrolled for fall 2021 but were previously enrolled in spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters have been cleared, effective Friday, July 30. The College’s goal is to provide assistance to students experiencing financial […]

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Georgia State University Welcomes Dr. M. Brian Blake as President

ATLANTA — Dr. M. Brian Blake, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at George Washington University, has been named Georgia State University’s president by the University System Board of Regents. He begins his tenure Aug. 9. Blake, a computer scientist and software engineer, succeeds President Mark Becker, who led the university to unparalleled […]

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American Rescue Plan gives Metro Atlanta Schools over a Billion Dollars

Senator Jon Ossoff held a press conference Monday with Metro Atlanta school officials to discuss the effect that the American Rescue Plan will have on metro Atlanta school districts this fall. “Thanks to the federal funds coming through the American Rescue Plan passed by congress and signed by President Biden, every single school district in […]

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Fund Georgia’s Future Response to Brian Kemp and the State Board, Regarding Critical Race Theory

Fund Georgia’s Future released a response last Friday regarding Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp’s letter to the (Georgia) State Board of Education and the State Board’s resolution change regarding the teaching of critical race theory in Georgia schools. The letter goes against Kemp’s statements on critical race theory and also goes against the assertion that critical […]

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Georgia Public Schools Will Receive $3.8 Billion Dollars in Federal Funds

Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, public schools in Georgia will receive more than $3.8 billion in federal stimulus funds after the State Board of Education approved Superintendent Richard Woods’ recommendation to begin allocated the funds. These funds were awarded were determined by federal law and based on the share of Title I funding […]

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U.S. Department of Education to Cancel $1 Billion in Student Loans for Borrowers

On Thursday, The U.S. Department of Education announced that it will streamline debt relief for millions of borrowers with claims that their secondary institution engaged in misconduct. Recalculating the formula made in the DeVos administration, Cardona and staff will rescind the formula for calculating partial relief and streamline an approach for granting full relief. This […]

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Opinion: Stop the Hate Against Asian Americans Forces Us to Speak Up

Caroline Diaz is the preschool director for Westminster Schools, an independent school in Atlanta.  She has a strong passion for leadership and mentorship in the field of early childhood education. Caroline began her career as a lecturer for De La Salle University’s Psychology Department in Manila, Philippines.  She also operated two early childhood learning centers while […]

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Changes to Advanced Placement Will Focus on Access and Preparation for 2019-2020 Exams

As the country has shifted to virtual learning, it looks likes the College Board, the organization behind Advanced Placement has issued new guidelines for schools effected by COVID-19 closures. The most telling one is that all exams will now be digital, 45 minutes long with a heavy concentration of early semester learning. Now that students […]