Stories by Ryan Blackburn

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Ga. students get test break

 Georgia students will take fewer high-stakes tests starting next year, under a plan the state Board of Education approved Wednesday.
By Ryan Blackburn

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

Georgia school systems probably can't afford longer school days

Budget constraints are eating into school calendars in Georgia at a time when laws like No Child Left Behind are pressing educators to meet tougher and tougher achievement standards.
By Ryan Blackburn

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010

Fewer teachers quitting, report says

New or novice teachers in Georgia may not be quitting as frequently as previously thought, according to a study on teacher retention from the Governor's Office of Student Achievement.
By Ryan Blackburn

Monday, July 5, 2010

Georgia still won't spare the rod

Every year, schools in Georgia still dish out rare paddlings to punish the most egregious behavior, but a federal bill now seeks to end the practice.
By Ryan Blackburn

Thursday, June 10, 2010

State patrol reviews texting ban enforcement

The Georgia State Patrol is reviewing the new texting law and plans to come up with a set of guidelines for troopers to follow, said Gordy Wright.
By Ryan Blackburn

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

Oglethorpe students back after mercury spill

Oglethorpe County High School students returned to classes Monday but were kept out of two classrooms while workers finished cleaning up from a mercury spill last week.
By Ryan Blackburn

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009

Ex-teacher accused of touching girls is cleared

ATHENS, Ga. --- A former Oconee County Middle School teacher has been exonerated of charges he improperly touched two female students.
By Ryan Blackburn

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009

Former teacher is exonerated

Even though a polygraph test backed up Warren Burwell's claims that he was innocent, he decided to resign to protect the students instead of fighting a recommendation that he be fired.
By Ryan Blackburn

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

2 killed in Athens plane crash

By Ryan Blackburn

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Black students hit with penalty more than whites in Clarke, rest of state

Statistics from the 2007-08 school year show a disproportionate number of black students received suspensions. Chart gives enrollment percentage, followed by the percentage of suspensions meted ...
By Ryan Blackburn

Monday, March 16, 2009

Teachers facing layoffs

ATHENS, Ga. --- School districts in northeast Georgia aren't laying off teachers yet, but most are reviewing or changing policies that will allow them to fire veteran teachers if they need to.
By Ryan Blackburn

Friday, Oct. 31, 2008

Schools in Athens close for big game

ATHENS, Ga. --- For years, the Georgia-Florida college football game has challenged Athens area principals.
By Ryan Blackburn
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