ATHENS, Ga. — A Georgia nonprofit group says poverty, equity and fairness, the early learning workforce, student health and the special challenges of Georgia’s rural schools are among the top 10 issues in education this year.

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education identified the issues recently in its annual list of “Top Ten Issues” to watch in Georgia education.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the group this year said issues residents should learn about include increasing Georgia’s high school graduation rate and charting education reform to see what actually works. Closing Georgia’s “talent gap” and improving literacy are also among key issues.

The partnership was founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. It consists of business, education, community and government leaders.

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