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Georgia’s largest online school paid millions, earns a D
Valedictorian Evelyn Bailey speaks to Georgia Cyber Academy graduates during commencement, Saturday, May 21, 2016, held at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The statewide charter school educates more than 13,000 students, as young as 5 years old, all online and at about half the cost of traditional public schools. (Photo/John Amis)

Updated: 3:04 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Georgians spend tens of millions of dollars a year on one of the biggest online schools in the nation, yet nearly every measure indicates the high-tech, online education model has not worked for many of its more than 13,000 students. Georgia Cyber Academy students log onto online classes from home, ...
Ted Cruz stumps for Mike Crane in Newnan
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and state senator Mike Crane wave to supporters during Rally for Freedom at the Newnan Convention Centre on Friday, July 22, 2016.

8:58 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Fresh off a defiant appearance at the Republican National Convention where he refused to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz waded into a firestorm again Friday night in Georgia. Cruz campaigned in Newnan with state Sen. Mike Crane, who has drawn the ire of law enforcement ...
State workers grow in number as demands on Georgia’s government rise

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

The first major wave of state government hiring since the Great Recession came at just the right time for Amanda Scott. The mother of four boys spent 13 years at Wal-Mart, rising to assistant manager. But she’d grown tired of the irregular hours of retail and never having holidays off, ...
Fulton County had issues at some early voting locations
Fulton County experienced problems at two early voting locations. (David Tulis / AJC File Photo)

Updated: 1:28 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Fulton County experienced technical problems at two early voting locations Friday.Voters going to the East Roswell Library or East Point Library had longer wait times. They were given paper ballots until the technical issues were resolved.In an email, a spokeswoman said the two libraries had networking issues that affected connectivity ...
A World War II veteran battles for re-election in Georgia
State Rep. John Yates, R-Griffin, who at 94 is the last World War II veteran serving in the Georgia Legislature.

1:19 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

The knock at the front door sets Karen Mathiak into a blur of motion, not least because she doesn’t know the man peering in from the porch of her chiropractic practice in this small town south of Atlanta.Turns out, the only adjustment Rodney Sizemore needs is to his checkbook. After ...
Kasim Reed, Stacey Abrams to speak next week at Democratic convention
State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, right) will speak Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She will represent the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a group dedicated to promoting and electing Democrats to state legislatures. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

6:06 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams will both have speaking roles at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The Hillary Clinton campaign announced Thursday that Reed will join dozens of other party leaders — including mayors, governors, senators and state officials — in speaking ...
Cruz snub revives Trump rift in Georgia GOP
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

5:42 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s striking snub of Donald Trump — and the cascade of boos that followed it — has ratcheted up the tension around his scheduled visit to Georgia on Friday to stump for an anti-establishment congressional candidate. Cruz is hosting a “Rally for Freedom” for state Sen. ...
Here’s what you should know about the Democratic National Convention
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton high fives a member of the audience as she arrives to speak at the Old State House in Springfield, Ill. Clinton’s campaign is launching a major voter mobilization drive during the Republican National Convention, setting a national goal of getting more than 3 million people to register and commit to vote in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

4:23 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Democratic National Convention begins Monday in Philadelphia and runs until Thursday night. Here are 15 things to know about the 2016 DNC.Philadelphia freedom: This will be Philadelphia’s 12th national political convention, starting with the Whigs in 1848. Most recently, the Republican Party nominated George W. Bush there in 2000. ...
Georgia Lottery hits the jackpot: A record $1B profit for education
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that for the first time in its history, the Georgia Lottery would return more than $1 billion to the Hope Scholarship and other state-sponsored education programs in a single year. Kristina Torres / ktorres@ajc.com

6:22 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Georgia’s Lottery has surpassed one milestone after another since its inception in 1993, and now it’s topped one more: $1 billion raised for education in a single year.Gov. Nathan Deal broke the news Wednesday as the Georgia Lottery closed the books on fiscal 2016, which ended June 30.In all, the ...
Georgia Lottery raises a record $1 billion for education
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that for the first time in its history, the Georgia Lottery would return more than $1 billion to the Hope Scholarship and other state-sponsored education programs. Kristina Torres / ktorres@ajc.com

11:13 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Georgia Lottery raised more than $1 billion last year for the state’s pre-kindergarten program and HOPE scholarships for college students, the first time ever in the lottery’s 23-year history it has crossed the “B” mark in profits for a single year.Gov. Nathan Deal announced the milestone Wednesday, as the ...
GOP makes it official: Trump the nominee
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s children Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump celebrate on the convention floor Tuesday during the second-day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

10:32 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican presidential nominee Tuesday evening, as the convention crowd celebrated not just the naming of a standard-bearer, but the welcomed end of a primary campaign that has forced the party to confront its own future.The moment seemed to mark a turning point for the ...
Deal calls for boosting police salaries, training
Gov. Nathan Deal (CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM)

7:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cleveland — Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he was considering a legislative package that could include more pay for state police officers as well as a new training regimen for law enforcement authorities in the aftermath of violence and unrest in the nation’s streets. Speaking after a criminal justice panel ...
Old Georgia archives building coming down over Christmas holiday
The state plans to implode the former Georgia Archive building, located in the shadows of the state Capitol, and construct a court facility for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM .

Updated: 2:04 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The state of Georgia hopes to ring in the New Year by bringing down the old state archives building down the street from the Capitol.The site will eventually be home to the state’s new courts building, which could be the most expensive state-funded facility ever built.State officials had originally hoped ...
RNC 2016: First night targets Obama, Clinton on Benghazi, immigration
Delegates protest Monday on the floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

10:24 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016

Donald Trump made a brief appearance at the Republican National Convention late Monday to introduce his wife, Melania, a bright moment in an opening day that was nearly derailed by a raucous attempt to expose the lingering divisions in the party. Even as the convention got underway with talk of ...
Medical marijuana turns 1 in Georgia, but obstacles and risk remain
Vials of cannabis oil that are legal in Georgia, which some advocates are providing to families in need at little to no cost. Source: Provided.

11:05 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016

Medical marijuana turned 1 this month in Georgia, but not everybody is celebrating.While the state’s official registry of patients allowed to legally use a limited form of cannabis oil continues to grow, some parents of children with intractable diseases have started their own underground network to get the oil into ...
18-year-old Georgia delegates to bring energy to political conventions
Kendall Austin,  18,  of Decatur, will be  presenting the state at the Democratic National Convention in  Philadelphia.

9:00 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016

Will Carter is such a newcomer to Republican politics that he didn’t realize there was a $25 fee to attend his Savannah district convention. Someone had to loan him the money to get in. If not, the 18-year-old rising Mercer University student wouldn’t be Georgia’s youngest delegate to the Republican ...
Georgia ends fiscal year with a revenue boost of nearly 10 percent
Gas and hotel taxes spiked nearly $800 million during the recently completed state fiscal year after lawmakers approved a tax hike in 2015. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

4:31 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016

State tax collections climbed 9.4 percent during the recently completed fiscal year, and officials don’t see any signs of a major economic slowdown in Georgia.Still, Gov. Nathan Deal expects to remain cautious as state agencies that fund everything from k-12 schools and colleges to public health care and prisons begin ...
Georgia’s medical marijuana law just turned one year old
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6:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The phones at the Georgia Department of Public Health no longer ring off the hook with people calling to find doctors or asking questions about how the state’s medical marijuana registry works.Yet Georgia’s quiet revolution in the year since it legalized a limited form of medical marijuana has shown little ...
Georgia Democrats near cash parity with GOP, which struggles with debt
GeorgiaNext, the political action committee of Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, has raised nearly $650,000 and sent $82,000 to the state’s Democratic Party. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Georgia Republicans may roll their eyes when their Democratic counterparts claim Georgia may turn blue this November. But there’s one big area where the two rival parties have reached parity: money.Democrats have raised $2 million for this campaign cycle, a figure boosted by some big checks from out-of-state donors keen ...
State of Georgia revenue growth slows in June
Gas and hotel taxes jumped by nearly $800 million during the recently completed fiscal year after lawmakers approved tax increases in 2015. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

9:12 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Growth in state tax collections slowed in June but the government ended the fiscal year up more than 9 percent from 2015.Gov. Nathan Deal this morning announced a 5 percent increase in collections in June, but almost no growth besides the jump in gas and hotel taxes lawmakers approved in ...
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