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Class Notes: National group gives state ‘C minus’ in education performance

POSTED: January 15, 2014 12:22 a.m.

StudentsFirst, a nationwide group of public school lobbyists, gave Georgia a “C minus” in its annual report card released Monday, with the grade based on how well state government promotes and supports the teaching profession.

It’s an increase from 2013, when Georgia received a “D plus.” The increase comes from the state legislature passing a “strong model for education evaluations with large bipartisan majorities,” according to the website at

The state ranked 14th in the nation by this methodology; Louisiana and Florida are no. 1 and no. 2, respectively.
The grade is based on three categories: how legislation supports the teaching profession and empowers parents, and if lawmakers “spend wisely and govern well.”

Georgia received a ‘D’ in the categories of empowering parents and spending wisely, but received a ‘C plus’ in elevating the teaching profession.

To get to the final grade, StudentsFirst designed a rubric for 24 policy objectives, with an option for states to receive a 0 to 4 in those ratings. After scoring each objective, the state’s GPA is calculated.

States that received failing grades are Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Vermont.

University announces town hall meetings

A series of town hall meetings will be held at all University of North Georgia campuses beginning today, with the intent to gather feedback from faculty, staff and students as the university maps out a strategic vision for years to come.

Gainesville town hall meetings are scheduled for Feb. 12, March 12 and April 16, in the Continuing Education/Performing Arts theater. Meetings begin at noon.

Comments can also be submitted online at

A strategic plan should be complete by the end of April, when an implementation committee will be identified to put it into action.

The steering committee has been meeting weekly since November, with the desired outcome of the plan to unite the university. The former Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University merged one year ago.

Ava White Academy schedules open house

An open house for interested parents and community members has been scheduled for Ava White Academy & Tutorials, 1399 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville.

The event will take place 4-7 p.m. Jan. 23.

The nonprofit organization operates as a school for students with learning disabilities. Many of the students have been diagnosed with dyslexia, nonverbal learning disability or Asperger’s syndrome.

For more information, contact the school at 770-536-6898.

Carly Sharec covers education issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:



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