Democratic state lawmakers are focusing on, among other topics, educational opportunities in the 2013-2014 legislative season. Do you think they're focusing on the right thing?
This month the Georgia House Democratic Caucus offered its legislative agenda for 2013-2014. On Tuesday, they held a public hearing focusing on education. In a press release, House Democrats said their agenda "concentrates on supporting successful students, promoting empowered parents and securing stronger schools." -- What do you think about the House Democrats education agenda? Does it do enough or go too far? -- The bills presented include: Have school news or story idea you want to share, contact Local Editor Joy L. Woodson at Joy.Woodson@patch.com or 404-539-9256.
Only one school graduated 100 percent of its students. Do you know which one it is?
Gwinnett County graduated 67.56 percent of students in 2011, the year for which most-recent data is available from the state Department of Education. The calculation is based on federal standards that allow all states to equally compare graduation rates across the nation. Georgia released its new calculation in April 2012. The rate is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for student transfers. (Data for 2012 will likely be based on a five-year cohort, and is expected to be released in spring 2013.) Rates of neighboring districts, include: Barrow County at 64.22 percent, DeKalb County at 58.65 percent, Forsyth at 86.27, Fulton at 70.05 percent, Hall County at 72.73 percent and …