Thursday, May 23 2013 2:33 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:33:20 GMT
Three Albany men, charged with beating a man in a bar parking lot so viciously they fractured his skull. are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their trial. After three hours of deliberationMore >>
A guilty verdict after three hours of deliberation, as three Albany men are found guilty of different levels of involvement in their aggravated assault trial.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
March 25, 2004
Albany -- The Mims case has raised new questions about whether post-graduate degrees and the accompanying bonuses produce positive results in the classroom. It's an ongoing debate with few solid answers.
A new study conducted by the University of Washington and the Urban Institute shows a thin link between teachers who have upper level degrees and student performance. The study points out less than three quarters of a point change in student test scores in classes where teachers had completed additional training or obtained degrees above a bachelors. It's theory many don't accept.
"I tend to disagree with that," says South Georgia teacher Gwen Phillips.
Phillips a teacher at Radium Springs Elementary, who has a masters degree, says the bonus is an incentive for her to earn her PHD. She believes there is a strong link between students' performance and the teachers' education.
"Child do not just sit and do paper and pencil work any more we have different learners we have auditory learners some of them have to put their hand on things," says Phillips.
But the evidence that directly links student performance to teacher education is inconclusive. One reason is that factors like poverty and home life play a strong role in how students learn.
Paying teachers more for furthering their education doesn't come cheap. This year state will pay almost seven million dollars with bigger within the next four year. Even without direct evidence, it's a price school officials say they're willing to pay.
"The things that they can share with their students is what we are paying for and result of their education and the additional education they have," says Ted Horton executive director of curriculum for Dougherty County.Schools.
Educators are taking a risk and putting a price tag on the education of the next generation.
The Georgia House of Representatives recently added a provision to a bill to expand the teacher education bonus program to include other members of a school's staff.