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Governor:Brian Kemp
Superintendent of Schools:Richard Woods
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:1,744,437
Number of school districts:221
Number of public schools:2,352
Number of public school teachers:111,470
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,202
Percent minority students:58.2%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:62.4%
Percent of students with disabilities:11.2%
Percent of English-language learners:5.6%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:35.4%
8th grade math:31.4%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:34.6%
8th grade reading:35.4%

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The grants will fund in-depth principal-preparation programs ranging from vigorous recruitment efforts to on-the-job coaching and mentoring.
September 5, 2007 – Education Week
A new study suggests that teachers are adjusting their teaching practices in response to the law—but not always in ways that educators and policymakers might want.
June 20, 2007 – Education Week
Georgia education officials mismanaged several aspects of the federal Reading First program, says a report by the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Education.
January 31, 2007 – Education Week
Complaints made by a Georgia publisher over the past several years were a catalyst for a federal probe.
January 19, 2007 – Education Week (Web)
A new Georgia program aims to give every high school a full-time educator dedicated to dropout prevention.
November 15, 2006 – Education Week
Georgia’s former state schools superintendent—a political maverick who once aspired to be governor—is now slated to serve as many years in prison as she did in the top education post.
May 17, 2006 – Education Week
Over the past decade, Forsyth County, Ga., has evolved from a district with a few desktop PCs in every classroom and a simple Web site to one where the superintendent and senior administrators use Blackberry devices, every teacher has a laptop, custodians wield Palm Pilots to track work orders, and school board members conduct nearly all their public business electronically.
March 8, 2006 – Education Week
Georgia is poised to become the first state to enact a law requiring districts to spend at least 65 percent of their budgets on classroom expenses.
March 8, 2006 – Education Week
Gov. Sonny Perdue spent much of last week explaining to Georgia parents and school officials his unexpected, and perhaps unprecedented, decision to ask school districts not to open Sept. 26 and 27.
October 5, 2005 – Education Week
Scientists, teachers, and others who defend the teaching of evolution in public school science classes have grown accustomed to countering accusations that acceptance of the theory disavows religious faith.
August 31, 2005 – Education Week

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