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Orangutans sit still for heart ultrasound at zoo

Orangutans aren't known for their patience, but this one, named Satu, has been trained to let researchers at Zoo Atlanta perform echocardiograms on him while he's awake.

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Ga. Aquarium expecting first mammal birth

ATLANTA (AP) -- The world's largest aquarium is expecting the pitter patter of giant fins.. The Georgia Aquarium has a rare beluga whale pregnancy, the first mammal to conceive at the downtown Atlanta attraction since it opened in 2005. And the proud mom, Maris, conceived naturally, which is rare for

Charter schools dominate Ga. education debate

ATLANTA (AP) — State lawmakers spent the legislative session focusing on a fraction of the students in Georgia — those at a handful of charter schools created by a now-defunct commission.

Ga. schools with test erasures plummet

ATLANTA -- The number of schools with unusual erasure patterns on standardized tests plummeted last year after a massive cheating scandal in Atlanta that led to tighter exam security across the state, a report released Thursday shows.. Bonnie Holliday with the Governor's Office of Student Achievement told the state school

Group says feds probing Georgia school discrimination

ATLANTA (AP) — The Justice Department is investigating claims of discrimination against students with disabilities in Georgia public school systems after a nonprofit group filed a complaint targeting the state's complex education funding formula, the group said Thursday.

Ga. GOP scrambles to get votes to pass amendment

ATLANTA -- House Republicans on Wednesday scrambled to win enough votes to pass a constitutional amendment that would allow them to create charter schools.. After the amendment failed to garner the two-thirds vote required for amendments in the House last week, a legislative committee is expected to hear Thursday

Batch of teachers cleared

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County district attorney won't file criminal charges against a first batch of teachers implicated in the Atlanta school district's cheating scandal, meaning the district can move forward with the process of firing them, Superintendent Erroll Davis said Friday.. The prosecutor's office told the school district this

2011's public schools marred by test cheating scandals across US

ATLANTA -- It was the year of the test cheating scandal. From Atlanta to Philadelphia and Washington to Los Angeles, officials have accused hundreds of educators of changing answers on tests or giving answers to students.

2011's public schools marred by test cheating scandals across US

ATLANTA -- It was the year of the test cheating scandal.

Ga. not a winner in education grant competition

Georgia is not among the winners of the U.S. Department of Education's grant competition for early learning programs, federal officials announced Friday.

Suspect in 7-year-old girl's slaying held in isolation

CANTON -- A 20-year-old maintenance worker is being held in isolation and without bond on a murder charge at a north Georgia jail in the beating death of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, authorities said Thursday.. Ryan Brunn, who lived and worked at the apartment complex where the

Suspect in Canton girl's slaying held in isolation

A 20-year-old maintenance worker charged with murder is in isolation at the north Georgia jail where he's being held without bond in the beating death of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera.

Suspect in 7-year-old girl's slaying held in isolation

CANTON -- A 20-year-old maintenance worker is being held in isolation and without bond on a murder charge at a north Georgia jail in the beating death of 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, authorities said Thursday.

GBI: Body found in search for missing Canton girl

A body found in a trash container is believed to be that of a 7-year-old girl who went missing last week from an apartment complex playground north of Atlanta, authorities said Monday.

Report: Georgia among leaders in student data systems

Georgia is being hailed as a national leader in collecting long-term student achievement data and making them accessible to schools and parents.

Gambling gets a look in conservative Georgia

Strong support around Georgia in favor of Sunday alcohol sales is energizing some advocates who say the political climate in the state could finally be ripe to expand gambling interests as governments search for fresh revenue sources.

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Douglas Co. school district looks at ads to make money

High schools have displayed advertisements on football fields for years, but one metro Atlanta school district hopes to slap the logos of major national companies on cafeteria trays, auditorium seat backs and salad bar sneeze guards to bring in money for cash-strapped schools.

Georgia water supply task force looks to reservoirs

Members of a statewide task force said Wednesday they want to offer low-interest state loans to build new reservoirs and wells in hopes of increasing Georgia's water supply, which has been threatened by long-running disputes with neighboring Alabama and Florida.

State files waiver from education law

Georgia is asking for a massive overhaul of how it measures student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to documents released Monday.

State files waiver from education law

ATLANTA — Georgia is asking for a massive overhaul of how it measures student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to documents released Monday.

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Georgia chancellor formally installed in office

University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby was inducted into office during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol, receiving the chancellor's medallion amid the colorful academic robes of the presidents of the state's 35 public colleges.

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Georgia chancellor formally installed in office

ATLANTA — University System of Georgia Chancellor Henry "Hank" Huckaby was inducted into office during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol, receiving the chancellor's medallion amid the colorful academic robes of the presidents of the state's 35 public colleges.

Ga. regents take step toward college consolidation

Officials at Georgia's public colleges likely won't know until early next year whether their institutions will be swallowed up in a proposal to consolidate some campuses and save money, leaders of the university system said during a meeting Tuesday.

Study: Casinos could net nearly $1 billion for Ga.

Associated PressATLANTA (AP) Casinos at key locations across the state could generate nearly $1 billion annually, a study released Thursday by the Georgia Lottery Corp. shows.The study, commissioned by the lottery, shows that casinos with video machines in metro Atlanta, Savannah and Jekyll Island could produce the revenue if they

Study: Casinos could net nearly $1 billion for Ga.

Associated PressATLANTA (AP) Casinos at key locations across the state could generate nearly $1 billion annually, a study released Thursday by the Georgia Lottery Corp. shows.The study, commissioned by the lottery, shows that casinos with video machines in metro Atlanta, Savannah and Jekyll Island could produce the revenue if they

Audit: Georgia not spending money on driver's education

ATLANTA -- More than $30 million in traffic fees collected for driver's education courses across Georgia in the last few years hasn't been spent on helping teens learn how to drive, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

MUST READ: Report: Students don't know much about US history

U.S. students don't know much about American history.

South Georgia girl in spotlight after nod from Obama

ATLANTA -- A 12-year-old girl from south Georgia is enjoying her taste of fame after President Barack Obama mentioned her during his annual back-to-school address on Tuesday.

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We're No. 1! UGA tops party schools ranking

ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia has won a national title this year -- top party school.

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Handel campaign releases education plan for Georgia

ATLANTA -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel wants to create more charter schools in Georgia, expand online classes for K-12 education and give teachers merit pay.

Georgia Republicans for Congress agree on issues

ATLANTA -- Republicans hoping to run for four Georgia congressional seats have similar views on immigration, taxes and health care, so a debate on Sunday was more about mudslinging and personal attacks.

Georgia AD accused of DUI

ATLANTA -- University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans apologized Thursday after he was arrested for drunken driving, saying he ''failed miserably'' in being a leader and representing the school well.

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UGA athletic director arrested on DUI

ATLANTA -- The University of Georgia athletic director who recently signed a five-year contract extension and campaigned against drunken driving will make a public statement Thursday about his arrest on charges of driving under the influence.

Crowd of Republicans seeking Georgia insurance seat

ATLANTA -- A crowded field of candidates is battling it out to become the state's next insurance commissioner, with several vowing to fight the new federal health care law.

Official: Brad Bryant to be interim schools' chief

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue plans to name state Board of Education member Brad Bryant as interim school superintendent, an official familiar with the decision said Tuesday.

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Perdue signs texting while driving ban

ATLANTA -- Put down the cell phone and step away from the car.Georgia drivers soon will be banned from texting, checking e-mail or using the Internet behind the wheel and teens will be prohibited from using their cell phones at all while driving, under a pair of laws signed Friday by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Georgia school board eyes ban on seclusion in schools

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Education is considering banning solitary confinement in schools and limiting the use of restraint to calm misbehaving students, which would mark the first time the state has addressed the controversial practices.

Judge rules for state on Ga. charter schools

A Fulton County judge has ruled that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission does not violate the state's constitution.

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Georgia AG, others officially in race for governor

DECATUR -- Attorney General Thurbert Baker and insurance commissioner John Oxendine have made their runs for governor official.

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Perdue pushing for teacher evaluation system

ATLANTA -- Gov. Sonny Perdue is asking lawmakers to create a statewide teacher evaluation system as a last-minute push to boost Georgia's chances of winning up to $400 million in federal funds.

Ga. regroups for round 2 of Race to the Top grants

Coming in third in the nation would typically give Georgia bragging rights, but that wasn't the case this week. Georgia missed out on more than $400 million in federal grants under the U.S. Department of Education's ''Race to the Top'' competition, narrowly losing to Tennessee and Delaware. Now, the state is scrambling to rework its 200-page application in hopes of entering the second round of the competition, which is designed to encourage innovative programs that will raise student achievement and turn around struggling schools.

Feds pick Delaware, Tennessee for $600M ed grants

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Department of Education on Monday awarded Delaware and Tennessee $600 million as part of the competitive "Race to the Top" program to help states improve student performance and transform struggling schools.

Obama promise: Brighter education futures for kids

President Barack Obama is promising parents and their kids that with his administration's help they will have better teachers in improved schools so U.S. students can make up for academic ground lost against youngsters in other countries.

College budgets: Lawmakers urged to soften cuts

Georgia lawmakers were urged Wednesday to soften the blows to public colleges and universities, which face up to $600 million in cuts as part of the state's budget crisis.

Nation's largest gay newspaper publisher closes

ATLANTA -- The nation's largest publisher of newspapers serving the gay and lesbian community has shut down.Laura Douglas-Brown, editor of Southern Voice newspaper in Atlanta, said she arrived at work Monday to find the locks changed and a note saying parent company Window Media LLC had closed down.

Nation's largest gay newspaper publisher closes

ATLANTA — The nation's largest publisher of newspapers serving the gay and lesbian community has shut down.

University of Ga. hits fundraising record despite sagging economy

ATLANTA - The University of Georgia has had a record fundraising year, bringing in more than $100 million despite the sagging economy, university officials said Tuesday.

Georgia CRCT scores improve in most areas

ATLANTA - Georgia students can breathe easy, thanks to improved test scores.

Academy suspends classes due to student's swine flu

ATLANTA - Georgia health officials have shut down a suburban Atlanta private school after a 14-year-old student tested positive for swine flu.

Audit: Schools need monitoring

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Education doesn't adequately monitor the state's 113 charter schools to ensure they are meeting academic standards, according to a new audit released Thursday.

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