Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Report Cards Ware Magnet Tops S. Georgia

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Report Cards Ware Magnet Tops S. Georgia

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ATLANTA -- A new statewide education report card released

yesterday aims to give parents easily digestible academic and

safety rankings to help them see how their child's high school

stacks up.

However, a University of Georgia education professor said the

safety portion of the rankings are dubious because some schools

may not be reporting when children are caught bringing weapons

on campus.

"I have concerns about the accuracy of [the report on] weapons

violations," said William Bender, an associate education

professor at UGa. "I don't know of any high school today that

doesn't have any problems."

Ware Magnet and Glynn Academy were the only Southeast Georgia

schools to finish among the top 100 of Georgia's 311 high

schools, according to the report by the Georgia Public Policy

Foundation, an Atlanta-based conservative think-tank.

Ware Magnet was ranked 17th, and Glynn County 53rd. J.S.

Davidson Magnet School in Augusta ranked best, and Archer High

School in Atlanta last in the state.

The lowest-ranked schools in Southeast Georgia were Atkinson

County High, at 296th, and McIntosh County Academy, at 297th.

The Public Policy Foundation put the rankings together using

information collected from the Georgia Department of Eduation

and the non-profit Council for School Performance.

The foundation's report is basically a distilled version of

huge, fact-filled report cards already released this year by the

DOE and the council.

Public Policy officials said the difference is their report

card should be easier for parents to digest.

"This report wasn't designed to make any broad statements about

education in Georgia," said Kelly McCutchen, executive director

of the foundation. "The purpose was to give this information to

parents in a simple, user-friendly manner. …

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