Georgia

One State's Request to Pause Standardized Testing for Students

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said this week he would request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for standardized testing in the coming school year, citing disruptions and budget shortfalls from the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials Apologize, Retool Coronavirus Chart After Backlash

A graph released by the Georgia Department of Public Health purported to show a steady decline in new coronavirus cases, but the data was presented out of order.

Out-of-State Visitors Rushed to Reopened Georgia

Health experts say the flood of visitors could prolong the pandemic and lead to a rash of new cases of coronavirus.

Unemployment From the Coronavirus Varies Dramatically Between States, Analysis Finds

The percentage of each state's workforce filing for unemployment as a result of the pandemic ranges between 8% to 33%, largely depending on the industries that drive local economies.

Black Community Leaders Criticize Decision to Reopen Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp has taken the most aggressive measures of any state leader to lift restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Black community leaders say he’s being reckless.

Supreme Court Rules Georgia Can’t Copyright State Code

The case will have implications for 22 states that have copyrights on their annotated codes.

A Teacher Said Her Boss Wouldn't Allow Breast Milk Pumping. Now Georgia Lawmakers Are Pushing a Bill.

Federal law requires employers to provide certain accommodations for breastfeeding women, but some careers, including teachers, aren't covered.

Leaving Scooter Regulation to Local Government

A bill moving through the Georgia legislature would clarify that making the rules for electric scooters is the business of local governments.

State Lawmakers Urge Medicaid Expansion to Fight Maternal Mortality Crisis

A bipartisan panel of Georgia lawmakers recommended that the state expand Medicaid coverage for poor and rural mothers, a move they said could help lower the state's high maternal death rate.

In a County Jail, 'The Barracks' Aims to Give Veterans Resources and Hope

At the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia, inmates who previously served in the military can choose to join a veterans-only housing unit that offers structure and tailored programming.

Report: Georgia Towns Too Reliant on Fines and Fees as a Revenue Generator

A new study analyzes three towns’ reliance on fines and fees for their annual budget, finding they represent between 14% and 25% of revenues.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Highlights Inmate Suicide Problem

At least 10 states have new policies to prevent suicides in jails and prisons.

Smithsonian to Rural Regions: Your Wealth Is in Your Culture

A traveling exhibit will visit up to 165 rural cities across 28 states.

Georgia Can Use Current Voting System for 2019 Elections, Judge Rules

But the state will need to put a backup system in place for the 2020 presidential primaries in case new voting machines are not ready by March.

The School Districts Serving Free Lunch to All Students

Tapping into a federal program, more school districts are providing free lunches for all students. Atlanta is among those opting in this school year.

DNA Evidence Will be Stored for 50 Years Under New State Law

The policy aims to give victims of sexual assault and prosecutors ample time to track down and convict offenders.

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge on State Code Copyrights

Georgia holds a copyright for its annotated state code, which sells for $404, and sued to block a website from distributing free copies of the document.

What Hollywood Boycotts Would Really Do to Georgia

COMMENTARY | Production companies’ threats to abandon the state in protest of a new abortion law put their own workers at risk.

The New Abortion Bills Are a Dare

State legislators in Alabama and Georgia know that abortion bans will likely be overturned in lower courts. They are aiming higher.

African-Americans Missing Out on Southern Push for Legal Pot

Advocates have raised concerns that minorities won’t have an equitable stake in the emerging business.