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Same-sex benefits coverage coming for University System of Georgia personnel

Employees of the University System of Georgia will be able to enroll their same-sex spouses in benefit plans beginning July 13, according to an update posted Tuesday on the system’s website.

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Former Sherwood Academy coach indicted for sexual assault

Jason Glen Schultz accused of sexual assault of a 17-year-old student

Jason Glen Schultz is indicted by the Dougherty grand jury on charges of sexually assaulting a former student.

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Study backs critics of the Georgia's state health plan

Complaints that started last year have support from comparative study of plans

Last week, the consulting firm Aon Hewitt reported that members of the State Health Benefit Plan pay a greater proportion of health care costs than people covered in six comparable employee plans studied — those of five other Southern states’ plans, plus University System of Georgia workers.

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David Bridges starts 10th year as president of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Making the change to a state college was a significant boost for ABAC, president says

In his 10th year at the helm of ABAC, the numbers are looking good for the president of the Tifton state college.

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Albany State University has three finalists in 5th annual HBCU Awards

The winners will be announced Friday night at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

Albany State University has finalists in three categories — Best Marching Band (the ASU Marching Rams Show Band), Women’s Team of the Year (Lady Rams Women’s Basketball Team) and Female Student of the Year (Antoinette Rucker) — in the 5th Annual AARP HBCU Awards hosted this week by Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

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Albany, Monroe high school recognized for increased graduation rates

Graduation rate spikes noticed by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Two Dougherty County School System high schools have outpaced most of their colleagues in Georgia when it comes to improving their graduation rates, a teacher trade magazine points out.

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ABAC traveling from Boston to Buckingham Palace

First trip features seven-day visit to London

The 2016 spring travel season begins on April 6 with a seven-day trip to explore London including stops at Stonehenge, Big Ben, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Salisbury, and Buckingham Palace.

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Dougherty County School System making moves toward charter system

DCSS looking to set up 23 different governance boards for each school in the county

Dougherty County School System is slowly preparing to move to a charter school system for the 2016-17 school year.

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Albany State University is having economic, research impacts on Southwest Georgia

According to a 2014 study by the University of Georgia, ASU had $141 million impact on region

Touting its economic impact over nine southwest Georgia, Albany State University officials said last week that the university is also making its presence felt regionally and nationally in the area of research.

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Sumter County UGA Extension agent offers families helping hand

Profile: Mitzi Parker

Mitzi Parker, family and consumer sciences agent at Americus, assists people in dire financial straits by helping them maintain a manageable budget. She also strives to work the housing aspect into her financial classes.

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First Albany X-BOTS event draws attention to STEM education | PHOTOS | VIDEO

Albany Technical College and GeorgiaFIRST bring off-season robotics competition to Albany

While robotics is still a new educational tool in Albany and Southwest Georgia, Albany Tech officials have ambitions to make ATC a regional robotics hub, which also could have a positive effect on STEM studies and education rates in the region.

Public health encouraging early start on back-to-school vaccinations

Health department officials say some vaccines available to qualified families at little to no cost

With visits to the public health department low at this time of year compared to others, parents can avoid the back-to-school rush by getting their children current in vaccinations that are required in order to attend Georgia secondary schools.

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Young Scholars get ag experience at UGA Tifton campus

Program shows students career opportunities while giving them experience

The Young Scholars program brings advanced high school students to University of Georgia campuses at Tifton, Griffin and Athens for six-week summer courses that expose the students to agriculture and the sciences.

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Dougherty County School Board to get new career academy plan next month

Dormant for the past three years, a college and career academy in Albany has gained new life. Dougherty County may also gain a new middle school in the process.

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Dougherty County School System looking to tighten student attendance policy

Committee recommends reducing unexcused absences from 14 to five before retention

DCSS Associate Superintendent Ufot Inyang says reducing the number of unexcused student absences in a school year from 14 to five days before retention will bring the system in line with state policy.

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