Kemp targets critical race theory, transgender sports participation

BY: - January 14, 2022

The next few months could see critical race theory banned and transgender student athletes sidelined if Gov. Brian Kemp gets his way. Kemp’s 2022 State of the State speech delivered Thursday could be his last if he does not fend off his Republican and Democratic challengers, and in addition to pay raises for teachers and […]

State superintendent expects students back in class, teacher raises in 2022

BY: - January 7, 2022

Despite some large Georgia school systems implementing an online start to the semester this week, the state’s public educational system is poised for a successful and mostly in-person semester, state Superintendent Richard Woods said Friday. “It goes without saying that the last two years have been shaped by the pandemic, our recovery is ongoing,” Woods […]

Return to Georgia’s public schools as COVID cases spike fraught for parents, students

BY: - January 7, 2022

Once again, Georgia students are headed back to school facing a sharp peak in COVID-19 cases. The new year started with a spike in reports concentrated mostly in the metro Atlanta region — nearly 19,000 cases were reported statewide on New Year’s Day, smashing Georgia’s previous record of just over 10,000 cases on Jan. 8, […]

State lawmakers to take aim at racial history in public schools, partisan school boards

BY: - December 29, 2021

Teachers and administrators from across the state agree critical race theory is not discussed in Georgia grade school classrooms, but it likely will be a hot topic under the Gold Dome in January as lawmakers return for an election-year legislative session. But with restrictions on schools teaching about racism and other cultural issues dominating the […]

GOP lawmakers vow national push for ‘parents’ rights’ in public schools

BY: - November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers and Virginia parents trying to capitalize on their success in the November election on Tuesday gathered across from the U.S. Capitol to voice their opposition to mask mandates and lessons about racism in public schools. The ranking Republican on the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, […]

U.S. attorney general defends FBI probe of threats against school board members

BY: - October 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans grilled Attorney General Merrick Garland for more than four hours on Wednesday about a Justice Department investigation into threats made to local school board members in multiple states. Garland at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing declined to revoke a memo he wrote asking the FBI to meet with local law enforcement to […]

Georgia’s top federal contracting universities opt for some vaccine mandates after all

BY: - October 27, 2021

In an abrupt turn, at least two Georgia universities, the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, will comply with federal guidance mandating that COVID-19 vaccines will be required for all employees who work on or in connection with a federal contract or who work in a covered contractor workplace. Those on campus will also be […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

BY: - October 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised strong objections […]

Georgia congressional Democrats, students call for more federal HBCU support

BY: - October 20, 2021

As the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s agenda works its way through Congress, Georgia’s Democratic representatives are calling for more money for historically Black colleges and universities. “As the American Jobs and Families Plans have morphed into reconciliation legislation, President Biden’s proposed $45 billion for educational institutions including HBCUs has been downsized to $2 billion […]

Georgia Board of Regents OKs controversial changes to professor tenure rules

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Georgia Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s 26 public universities, voted Wednesday to make significant changes to tenure for college professors. The changes will directly affect 7,500 tenured professors in Georgia. Some of them have been protesting in person at regents meetings and over social media, arguing the move could curtail academic freedom […]

Public college tenure changes headed for vote despite professor protests

BY: - October 12, 2021

Georgia’s tenured public college professors could soon face more scrutiny if they want to keep their titles, but some professors say planned changes to the state’s post-tenure review system will cause talented academics to look for jobs in other states. A Georgia Board of Regents committee Tuesday unanimously approved changes to the way the state’s […]

Faculty job security is new fight on Georgia campuses after months of mask dustups

BY: - October 6, 2021

The battle over masks in Georgia’s college classrooms continues to simmer, and now another issue is pitting some of the state’s professors against the state’s appointed university system leadership. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the Georgia Board of Regents is set to consider changes to professor tenure at the 26 public institutions the state manages. Supporters […]