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Georgia Commission Releases Reform Recommendations

A Georgia government commission released a report in December 2015 detailing recommended reforms lawmakers should consider during the recently convened legislative session. The commission called on the state’s legislature to fund charter schools in a more equitable manner and provide more support for districts wishing to explore tying teachers’ pay to student performance. The commission was composed of private-sector leaders, local and state education officials, and lawmakers. The stated goal...

West Virginia School Board President to Start Homeschooling Children

During a regular meeting of the school board in Tyler County, West Virginia, board President Bonnie Henthorn announced she was withdrawing her children from the government-operated school system so she could homeschool them. Board members are calling on Henthorn to resign, but she is resisting calls to do so. Stephanie Butcher, a board member of the West Virginia Home Educators Association, says Henthorn’s decision to start homeschooling makes sense. “[Henthorn] is a citizen, so she has a...

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