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Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Under a new federal law called the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act,’ all states are required to submit a comprehensive education plan to the federal government. The deadline is Monday. Georgia spent more than a year seeking input and developing a proposal. However, some state officials are still at odds over some of the specifics.

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Georgia students made some progress on math and language arts tests, according to state officials. The Georgia Department of Education released the results of the 2017 Georgia Milestones assessment Thursday.

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2015 had the highest reported youth suicides in the past five years.
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Eighteen children in Georgia have killed themselves this year. And state officials are working to stop and prevent those suicides.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Program teamed up with state education and health officials to create a new training program for school personnel.

The program focuses on teaching educators warning signs in students and figuring out way to get the issue of suicide out in the open at their schools.

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods plans to run for another term.

 

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Woods, a Republican, made the announcement in a video Wednesday.

 

The former teacher and administrator in Irwin County won the election in  2014, promising independence from education standards set by the federal government.

 

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Schools in impoverished areas face enormous challenges. Kids often come to school hungry, tired or troubled. Now, Georgia lawmakers are trying to address some of those issues through a new plan to turn those schools around.

A new bill would target schools on a list published yearly by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. One of the lowest-performing schools on this year’s list is DeKalb County’s Flat Shoal’s Elementary School, which is trying to meet the needs of its impoverished student population.

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