Harris visits Morehouse as part of national HBCU swing to rally young voters 

BY: - September 26, 2023

Vice President Kamala Harris received a friendly welcome Tuesday afternoon when she stopped by Morehouse College in Atlanta as part of a national college tour. The crowd, which consisted of students from Atlanta’s historically Black colleges and universities, roared with applause as the VP took the stage for a moderated conversation which lasted about 45 […]

States urged by Biden administration to rectify underfunding of land-grant HBCUs

BY: - September 18, 2023

States engaged in decades of underfunding of land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities, leading to a more than $12 billion disparity with comparable white institutions, leaders of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. “Unacceptable funding inequities have forced many of our nation’s distinguished Historically Black Colleges and Universities […]

Cobb protesters complain superintendent sidestepped formal process to allow a TikTok book challenge

BY: - September 14, 2023

The blowback over Georgia’s 2022 education policy overhaul continued in Cobb County Thursday as groups of protesters gathered to demand Superintendent Chris Ragsdale’s job. Ragsdale struck a defiant tone at the evening meeting. “This situation is not over,” he said. “This situation is not about politics. This situation is not about faith-based or religious beliefs. […]

Georgia lawmakers consider shrinking state’s dual enrollment options for high school students

BY: - September 10, 2023

About 45,000 Georgia students participated in dual enrollment last year, taking college-level classes for both college and high school credit. If those students were all packed into one district, they would be the eighth-largest district in the state, said Jennifer Phinney, dual enrollment program specialist at the Georgia Department of Education. “It’s a significant population […]

Millions enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 4 million federal student loan borrowers are enrolled in the Biden administration’s new repayment program, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Education. With the pause of more than three years on federal student loan repayments coming to an end in October, and the Supreme Court’s summer decision to […]

Cobb schools write new book ban chapter under Georgia ‘parental rights’ law

BY: - August 23, 2023

“Flamer” is a graphic novel by Filipino-American author Mike Curato. It’s a semi-autobiographical story about Aiden, a teenage boy coming to terms with his attraction to other boys while at a Boy Scout summer camp. In 2022, it was the No. 4 most-challenged book in U.S. libraries according to the American Library Association. It was […]

State lawmakers renew debate over Georgia version of ‘Don’t Say Gay law’ at Capitol

BY: - August 23, 2023

In an off-season hearing at the state Capitol Wednesday, Cordele Republican Sen. Carden Summers reintroduced a bill that was tabled earlier this year that he says will protect Georgia children from being introduced to controversial gender ideology. “I don’t want anyone talking to my grandchild about his gender and trying to persuade him to change […]

Here’s what to know about new federal policies for repaying student loans

BY: - August 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Following the Supreme Court’s summer ruling against 40 million federal student loan borrowers who would have qualified for debt relief, the Biden administration crafted a year-long delay in repayments. The policy, known as an on-ramp, is set to begin next month. Additionally, hours after the Supreme Court’s decision, the Department of Education unveiled […]

Cobb School Board votes to fire teacher who read book about gender identity

BY: - August 18, 2023

The Cobb County School District rejected the advice of a disciplinary tribunal Thursday night and terminated Katie Rinderle, the elementary school teacher who came under fire from some parents after reading a picture book touching on topics of gender fluidity. Speaking after the 4-3 party line vote, Craig Goodmark, an attorney representing Rinderle said the […]

Tribunal recommends Cobb County teacher who read book about gender identity should keep her job

BY: - August 15, 2023

A panel of former educators sided with Katie Rinderle, the Cobb County teacher accused of violating state laws on parental rights and controversial topics, rejecting a decision to fire her Monday. But the Cobb County School Board will have the final say with a vote to adopt, reject or modify the panel’s decision. The board […]

Biden administration provides guidance on diversity in college admissions

BY: - August 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and Department of Education jointly released guidance on Monday to colleges and universities about how to consider race in admissions decisions, following the Supreme Court’s summer decision that struck down affirmative action in higher education. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, on a call with reporters, said higher education institutions can continue to participate in […]

Cobb teacher grilled over book illustrating gender roles in test of ‘divisive concepts’ law

BY: - August 11, 2023

A Cobb County teacher under fire for reading a picture book touching on gender norms made her case Thursday, the first day of a two-day tribunal that will determine whether she can keep her job. “My Shadow is Purple” by Australian author Scott Stuart is a children’s book in which people have shadows that are […]