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Kent D. Johnson

Education a battlefield in Georgia governor’s race

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Georgia’s top political contenders paint starkly different portraits of how they would chart a new course for the state’s schools, which continue to struggle with crowded classrooms, teacher furloughs and budgets still recovering from nearly a decade of cuts.

The competing education plans play a central role in the heated governor’s race, with Gov. Nathan Deal vowing modest increases in classroom funding, a top-to-bottom review of the education system, and a sweeping recalculation of Georgia’s school funding formula.



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Is this school lunch for real?

A photograph of a skimpy school lunch is stirring outrage online, much of it aimed at first lady and fitness guru Michelle Obama. An Oklahoma teen reportedly snapped the picture of her lunch and shared it with a TV station in Oklahoma City.



Barge breaks Republican ranks, endorses Democrat Wilson

Georgia’s Republican state school superintendent again defied conventional political form Thursday by endorsing Democrat Valarie Wilson to be his successor.

John Barge made the announcement in front of Tucker High School in DeKalb County, saying Wilson’s vision for education is more aligned with his than Republican superintendent candidate Richard Woods.


Emory investigating bias incident involving Jewish frat

Emory University administrators are investigating allegations of bias occurring during an intramural flag football game this week between a Jewish fraternity and a team of Emory students.

Witnesses allege that during Monday’s game, Alpha Epsilon Pi’s opposing team was subjected to behavior that violated Emory’s “community principles of inclusivity, openness and respect,” read a statement posted on the university’s website and sent to students.


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Bob Andres

Georgia education stats and news you can use

The AJC Education team is dedicated to keeping you informed on how Georgia's schools are performing, what all those statistics mean for you and your family and ensuring that you have access to the facts and figures you need. Our collection of databases, charts, interactives and analysis pieces is geared to give you the necessary tools for understanding today's changing educational system.


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