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Gov. Nathan Deal offers plans for failing schools, funding

During Deal’s State of the State address in Atlanta, he said he would create an education reform commission and proposed giving the state power to take over failing schools, something a top education offical did not support during his campaign last year.

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With initiatives in mind, Richard Woods sworn in as State School Superintendent

Richard Woods, a Tifton resident, said he would use his 22 years of public school education experience, and as a former small business owner, to listen to students, parents and teachers and work with the governor, State School Board and General Assembly to improve education in Georgia.

Education issues set to dominate General Assembly

Lawmakers and education officials agree that there’s one topic expected to dominate this year’s General Assembly when it convenes in a matter of days: Education. What’s unclear is how the myriad of issues will be resolved. One of the most challenging issues is how to deal with a growing level of children in poverty, which has grown by about 21 percent since 2002 to 62 percent — more than one million children — this school year, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

State School Board releases Common Core revisions, seeks public comment

Fifteen months after Gov. Nathan Deal ordered a review of Common Core standards in English/Language Arts and math, the State Board of Education has posted revisions for a 60-day public comment period. The School Board released the proposed revisions following a specially called meeting on Wednesday, and after legislative and public listening sessions around the state earlier this year.

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In Gwinnett, Gov. Nathan Deal outlines education reform plan | VIDEO

Gov. Nathan Deal outlined his plans for education on Wednesday morning before a group of legislators, Georgia Board of Education members and other state education leaders at the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology.

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Ga. DOE seeks one-year delay for teacher evaluation consequences

The Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday announced it would apply for a flexibility waiver to delay consequences on teacher and leader evaluations based on student growth results. State School Superintendent John Barge said the waiver would give the state more time to transition to a new testing system before it’s incorporated in personnel decisions.

Gwinnett Tech, Ga. Tech to partner on manufacturing education series

Gwinnett Tech and Georgia Tech are partnering on the latest installment of an education series for manufacturers.

Ga. DOE offers free digital textbooks

Georgia Department of Education officials are reminding teachers, school leaders, parents and students that they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education’s website.

Ga. DOE accepting applications for family-friendly partnership school awards

The Georgia Department of Education is accepting applications for the 2015 Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Awards.

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Gwinnett Tech Foundation names new board chair

Mike Price, executive manager of Elesys North America, Inc., is the new chair of the Gwinnett Tech Foundation Board of Trustees.

Common Core supporters, critics spell out their stance at BOE hearing

Common Core, which critics have said “comes straight from Obama’s desk,” while supporters boast that it will raise standards, was easily the most discussed issue at the Buford Fine Arts Center. State Board of Education member Mike Royal hosted the discussion as he represents the seventh district that includes Gwinnett and south Forsyth County.

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Gwinnett Schools ACT results surpass state, national averages

Georgia’s average composite score on the most recent ACT results is 20.8, while the national average is 21.0. Georgia’s ACT rank has improved from 37th in 2011 to 30th this year.

GCPS matches, exceeds state averages in EOCT results

The Georgia Department of Education on Wednesday released district-level end-of-course-test results on 10 subject areas. Gwinnett County Public Schools largely met or exceeded the statewide averages.

Georgia students improve in EOCTs, continue struggles in math

Georgia students improved performance on six out of the eight end-of-course tests this year, which were released on Wednesday, compared to last year, according to data from the Georgia Department of Education.

State's final CRCT results show eighth-grade improvement

The Georgia Department of Education released the results on Thursday for the final year the state will administer the CRCTs. Next year, all students from third-grade through eighth-grade will take a new test called Georgia Milestones, which is being billed as one program across all grades from third grade through high school.

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