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U.S. high school graduation rate up sharply, but red flags abound

For the first time in decades, the United States is making steady gains in the number of high school students earning diplomas, putting it on pace to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020, according to a new analysis released Monday.

Complaint alleges Ga. scholarships skirt law

A scholarship program designed to help children escape failing public schools and afford private education may be abused to aid children of scholarship donors, according to a complaint to be filed with tax officials obtained by The Associated Press.

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2 dead in bus crash into overpass at Miami airport

At Miami International Airport, two large signs warn drivers of large vehicles not to pass beneath the 8-foot-6 inch concrete overpass. Authorities say two passengers are dead and others have been critically injured after a too-tall charter bus smashed into the overpass, crumpling metal.

Charter school amendment divides GA tea partyers

Several tea party activists have come out in support of the plan that would allow the state to impanel a new commission authorized to create and regulate independent charter schools.

Ga. SAT scores rise 7 points, ending 5-year slide

A report shows that the SAT college-entrance exam scores of Georgia high school seniors jumped seven points, even as the national average score dropped two points.

Audit: College ignored signs of financial doom

An audit has found that a $25 million shortfall at Georgia Perimeter College was caused by chronic overspending and an inattention to finances by administrators of the suburban Atlanta school.

Ga. halts summer unemployment for school workers

Private school teachers, contract bus drivers, cafeteria cooks and other privately employed school workers in Georgia have been cut off from collecting unemployment checks during summer breaks.

Ga. looks to increase nurses with new law

Georgia is among the worst states in the country for staffing nurses in schools, but state education leaders are hoping a new law passed this year will improve that standing.

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Georgia student performance steady on state tests

For the fourth year in a row, Georgia students are performing better on state standardized tests.

Barrow county school site gets historical marker

A historical marker in Barrow County at the site of one of Georgia's first public consolidated schools for black students is set to be dedicated.

Oprah addresses 550 Spelman grads

More than 550 women graduating from Spelman College this weekend heard from media icon Oprah Winfrey.

Financial cuts looming for Ga. Perimeter College

The new leader of Georgia Perimeter College says he wants to have a rough plan to close a massive financial deficit by next week.

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Longtime UGA president to retire next year

Longtime University of Georgia President Michael Adams is retiring in 2013 after more than 15 years at the helm of the state’s flagship campus.

Deal signs education bills tweaking Ga. funding

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law a handful of bills changing how Georgia funds education.

Ga. Board of Regents vote to increase tuition

The state Board of Regents has approved a proposal to raise tuition and fees for students at Georgia's public colleges and universities.