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The 2017 Media Symposium was held at Georgia Public Broadcasting, Friday, January 6. More than 25 reporters braved the cold, stormy day to attend the annual event.

2017 Media Symposium, January 6


PowerPoint Presentations


Dana Rickman (GPEE) - Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2017


Claire Suggs (GBPI) - Education Reform Commission Funding Recommendations


Avis King and Will Rumbaugh (GA DOE) - Supporting Academically Challenged Schools and Districts


Superintendent Richards Woods - Public Education in Georgia - A Status Report


Garry McGiboney (GA DOE) - Mental Health Considerations
The videotape of the session will be posted next week.


Coverage from the 2017 Symposium


Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Georgia's 2017 Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher

Gainesville Times - State leaders focus on fix or struggling schools

Athens Banner-Herald - Gaines Elementary again on governor’s ‘failing schools’ list

Insider Advantage Georgia - The economics of education in Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - High college costs hurting Georgia economy

Gainesville Times - Schools grapple with mental health challenges

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - If Georgia teachers are skeptical about governor's 2 percent pay raise, here's why

Education Dive - In era of fiscal concern, colleges look to new degree programs to boost bottom lines

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - What are the top ten education issues in Georgia?

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Here's why some schools receiving state intervention improve and others don't

Covington News - Alcovy High takes on teacher shortage


2016 Media Symposium Draws Several Reporters

The 10th annual Media Symposium was held Friday, January 8 at Georgia Public Broadcasting.  More than 30 media representatives attended.  A video report of the day-long session is posted on the left side of this page.

The Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2016 (flip-doc format) report was formally released. Here is the standard format.

PowerPoint presentations:

Here are three of the briefings:  Dr. Dana Rickman - Top Ten Issues to Watch; Dr. Charles Knapp - Education Reform Commission; and Mike Petrilli - National Education Reform in 2016.  Here is the other briefing: Tomeka Hart - Equity in Education.

Stories filed:

When Teachers Dropout
Georgia Trend

Lawmakers considering revising teacher evaluation
Alpharetta Roswell Herald

Education recommendations now on Deal's desk
Forsyth Herald

Feds limit intrusion into classrooms
Forsyth Herald

Did Georgia make a mistake going it alone on tests? Should we have stuck with national Common Core tests?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog)

State School Superintendent Richard Woods Isn't Sold on Merit-based Teacher Pay
Georgia Public Broadcasting

A new way to fund schools?
Statesboro Herald

A 'Closer Look' at Education Topics from the GPEE Symposium

Georgia Partnership 10th Annual Media Symposium
Henry Herald

Are we basing too much of a teacher's evaluation on a $12 fill-in-the-blank test?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog)

Experts: 'Minding the Gaps" Critical to Georgia Education Reform

Georgia teachers answer survey: Don't become a teacher

Georgia takes another look at student testing

Experts discuss education issues facing Georgia in 2016
Insider Advantage (subscription required for full article)

Education Reform Commission Chair Speaks on Funding Issues
Insider Advantage (subscription required for full article)

Georgia Teacher of the Year says school environment drives teachers away
Morris News Service

Chairman defends work of Education Reform Commission
Morris News Service