July 18, 2024 11:26 am
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Georgia public colleges to expand admissions testing requirements for fall 2026

Georgia colleges are reverting to requiring standardized test scores for all new applicants, signaling a shift from pandemic-era policies. Beginning in fall 2026, institutions including Augusta University, The University of Georgia, and Georgia Tech will mandate SAT or ACT scores, a decision unanimously approved by the Georgia Board of Regents.

Georgia governor signs school voucher bill to provide $6,500 toward private tuition

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed multiple education bills, including a controversial voucher program allowing parents to use $6,500 in state funds for private schooling or homeschooling of children from low-performing schools. Critics argue this diverts essential resources from public schools and lacks sufficient oversight, while proponents claim it offers necessary educational choices and opportunities.

Tuition and fees to increase at Georgia’s public universities starting fall 2024

Students attending Georgia public colleges will face a tuition increase starting fall 2024, with in-state students paying 2.5% more and out-of-state students seeing a 5% hike, alongside the introduction of a higher tuition rate for international students. These changes, approved by the Board of Regents, reflect efforts to manage rising operational costs across the University System of Georgia amidst ongoing economic inflation.

FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.

School social media ban multiplies censorship

The “Protecting Georgia’s Children on Social Media Act of 2024” proposed by Georgia lawmakers seeks to ban all social media access within schools, raising significant concerns over censorship and infringement on students’ First Amendment rights. Critics argue that such a blanket restriction not only limits educational and expressive opportunities but also challenges established U.S. Supreme Court precedents protecting students’ rights to information and free speech.

School voucher bill emerges from Georgia House with more momentum than in past years

A contentious school voucher bill, endorsed by influential Republican figures, successfully cleared the House with a 91-82 vote, setting the stage for potential approval in the Senate. Spearheaded by Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the bill proposes allocating $6,500 to parents of students attending underperforming public schools, aiming to provide alternative educational options such as private schooling or homeschooling.