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Courtesy of Bettina Love

When you think of a classroom, you might not envision graffiti adorning the walls, with a DJ spinning Public Enemy to accompany a break dancer.

With hip-hop education, though, classroom management takes its cues from students’ real life experiences.

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It may have been hard to notice Tuesday in the midst of the presidential election buzz, but the country officially got a new education secretary.

John King, the former education commissioner for the state of New York, was sworn in this week.

In this photo taken Jan. 17, 2016, a sign is seen at the entrance to a hall for a college test preparation class at Holton Arms School.
Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Georgia students took a new, more rigorous state test last year. Education officials hope raising the testing bar will eventually ensure kids are better prepared for college and careers.

But according to one national expert, it may be tough for Georgia students to know exactly how they stack up.

Seth Perlman / associated press file

A new study says the typical student in the nation's big-city public schools spends between 20 and 25 hours a school year taking standardized tests — and roughly 112 mandatory exams from preschool through high school.

The study, from the Council of the Great City Schools, comes amid a new era of Common Core-aligned testing that's been met with loud dissent from parents, teachers and others.

Georgia State Schools Superintendent Candidate Richard Woods (R)
Jason Parker / WABE

Georgia students could struggle to learn if teachers use "funny math methods." That’s according to State Schools Superintendent Richard Woods, who recently wrote a column about Georgia’s math instruction.

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