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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:31.1%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:32.2%
8th grade reading:35.4%

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With the pressure on to increase student learning, Georgia and Idaho states are in the process of overhauling what analysts say is among the most neglected pieces of the teacher-quality continuum: evaluation.
October 1, 2008 – Education Week
The decision by an accrediting agency could complicate everything from students’ college applications to teachers’ continuing education credits.
September 3, 2008 – Education Week
Students in a number of states often end up attending summer school programs because they didn’t meet academic standards set by the state.
June 18, 2008 – Education Week
Facing the loss of accreditation, a troubled Georgia school district struggles with the legacy of its fractious, dysfunctional board.
June 4, 2008 – Education Week
The Core Knowledge approach prizes content across the disciplines, bucking a trend toward a narrower, skills-based approach to learning.
May 21, 2008 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
The troubled Clayton County, Ga., school district is now on the brink of being the first school system in nearly four decades to lose its accreditation.
March 26, 2008 | Updated: February 21, 2019 – Education Week
Georgia's governor wants to add parental aides to his anti-dropout initiative.
January 30, 2008 – Education Week
The state is requiring that school leaders complete an education specialist’s degree within five years of becoming an administrator.
December 19, 2007 – Education Week
Over the past five years, black male enrollment at the state’s 35 public colleges and universities has jumped 25 percent.
December 12, 2007 – Education Week
A top lawmaker is pushing to replace local property taxes for education with a statewide sales tax as the state gears up to fight a lawsuit from school districts over the current funding formula.
December 5, 2007 – Education Week

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