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State schools boss warns of cuts

POSTED: January 15, 2011 10:36 a.m.

ATLANTA — Georgia's new schools superintendent warned that the state's public schools will "have to continue to do more with less."

John Barge said Friday at a media symposium that the education system is bracing for budget cuts. But he said he respected Gov. Nathan Deal for putting together a balanced budget.

Barge, a Republican elected in November, also said he has ordered an "extensive review" of the state's high school math curriculum after complaints from parents, students and teachers.

The curriculum requires all students to take four years of math and aims to make the courses more rigorous. But critics said the revamped approach does not prepare Georgia graduates for college algebra.

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