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Republican Senate candidates talk issues leading up to run-off

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Republican Senate candidates on the issues


Both Jack Kingston and David Perdue tell voters they are fiscal hawks intent on taming the federal budget deficit.


But their sincerity and track records on the budget have been sharply debated and form the central issue of the July 22 Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate.


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Engaging faith-based groups next step in criminal justice reform


Gainesville —


The toughest part of Gov. Nathan Deal's criminal justice overhaul depends largely on help from faith-based groups, and the governor has begun an unprecedented outreach to religious organizations to fight stubborn recidivism rates.


Deal wants to institutionalize what has been a largely informal effort to rely on volunteers to mentor and counsel released offenders. But building and sustaining a statewide network won't be easy, and research suggests the work could have mixed results.






Racial gaps remain in gifted programs


Despite aggressive efforts to erase the gap between the races, white students in Georgia are roughly three times more likely than their black counterparts to be enrolled in gifted programs — and roughly two-and-a-half times more likely to be in those classrooms than minority students, including Hispanics and Asians.


That's according to an analysis of 2012-13 school year education data by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


The state has made significant progress. Twenty years ago, the AJC examined gifted participation and found white students were five times more likely than minorities to be enrolled in gifted programs.


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