Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
State lawmakers are working on a bill that could give parents the power to force school systems to undergo drastic reforms.
State house members passed a bill last week, nicknamed the 'Parent Trigger' bill. The bill would force school boards across the state to consider changing a traditional public school into a charter school, if enough parents requested it.
9 out ten public school students in Georgia attend a traditional public school like those in the Dougherty County school system. But parents across the state say many of these school systems aren't providing the necessary learning tools for their students.
It's all part of a state-wide school-choice movement. House members pushed a bill through last week that agrees with those concerned parents.
House Bill 123 would require either 60 percent of student households or 60 percent of the teachers in that school system to sign a petition in order to change to a charter school.
But many opponents say a section of the bill would allow parents and teachers to vote by secret ballot at a special called meeting. They say this would open the door for a small group to make a decision for an entire school system.
Other opponents say it disregards the need to invest more time and money into traditional public schools.
The bill passed in the House Tuesday and will now move on to the Senate where the idea of school-choice is just as popular with many state senators.
Click Here for the full version of House Bill 123.