Education

Georgia’s college-bound students hit SAT highs despite pandemic turmoil

BY: - September 15, 2021

Georgia’s class of 2021 showed significant increases in their SAT scores and performed better than the national average, though significantly fewer students took the test than in previous years. Public school students across the state increased their average math score from 511 to 531 over last year’s class, and evidence-based reading and writing went from […]

Professors start week of campus protests against statewide classroom mask ban

BY: - September 14, 2021

College professors across Georgia took up signs and bullhorns Monday to protest statewide policies barring university leadership from requiring COVID-19 safety precautions like mandatory masks inside campus buildings. The protests, the first in this week’s planned daily demonstrations around the state, are being organized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. […]

Universal pre-K, free community college included in sweeping reconciliation bill

BY: - September 12, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Education & Labor Committee advanced legislation Friday that would provide universal pre-K education, expand federal Pell Grants for college students and institute two years of free community college. The $761 billion measure, approved on a party-line 28-22 vote, will be combined with other pieces of Democrats’ giant $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation measure, […]

Georgia public university leader reaffirms statewide ban on campus mask mandates

BY: - September 9, 2021

At two Atlanta meetings Thursday morning, two groups of education leaders outlined opposing visions for the COVID-19 safety measures students and employees should be subject to at Georgia’s colleges and universities. Georgia Board of Regents acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney said the focus should be on encouraging, but not requiring, as many students as possible to […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - September 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates in Georgia and around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and […]

Georgia college professors warn of COVID danger as state pushes mask-less fall

BY: - September 1, 2021

Georgia Tech’s current COVID-19 prevention measures are not sufficient to prevent widespread transmission of the virus, a biology professor wrote this week in a letter to Provost Steve McLaughlin. “I will not be surprised if we have 5,000 cases in the next month, half undetected and most asymptomatic or very mild, and more than half […]

Georgia AG joins court fight against Biden administration transgender protections

BY: - August 31, 2021

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is joining counterparts in 19 other states to sue the Biden administration over federal anti-discrimination protections for transgender students. “The administration is willfully circumventing the authority of Congress and ignoring the rule of law with this regulatory overreach,” Carr said in a statement. “There is an established process to change […]

Georgia college professors back to campus lecturing on COVID delta 101

BY: - August 30, 2021

College students across Georgia are back to hitting the books and tablets as a new semester began this month on campuses across the state. But this fall semester, many professors say they have more than grading and lecturing to worry about. COVID-19 cases are surging as the delta variant spreads among Georgia’s unvaccinated masses, and […]

Mask policy conflicts flare as Georgia schools cope with children’s COVID surge

BY: - August 27, 2021

For many Cobb County residents, the local school district tops their list of reasons for moving to the suburban county north of Atlanta. High schools there are often ranked among the best in the state and country, and for sale signs outside of Cobb homes often feature the name of the local high school in […]

State superintendent says vaccine saved him during severe COVID bout

BY: - August 24, 2021

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods has recovered from a severe breakthrough case of COVID-19 that left him hospitalized, Woods announced in a statement Tuesday. Woods, a Republican who took office in 2015, contracted the illness during the summer after being vaccinated in March. “I personally experienced what thousands of our fellow Georgians have been through […]

Georgia college students, mask conflict, heading back to campus

BY: - August 10, 2021

College students across Georgia are saying goodbye to mom and dad, hauling furniture up to their dorm rooms and making last-minute changes to their class schedules.  A new semester started Monday at Dalton State College and Georgia Gwinnett College, and the rest of the University System of Georgia’s 26 institutions will be heading back to […]

Mask anxiety returning to Georgia college campuses, now with vaccine controversy

BY: - August 2, 2021

When Georgia college students return to their classrooms this month, masks and vaccines will be encouraged, but not required, according to guidance from the University System of Georgia posted on the University of Georgia’s COVID-19 response website Monday. “The University System of Georgia recognizes COVID-19 vaccines offer safe, effective protection and urges all students, faculty, […]