LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Discussion of school standards dominated a panel hosted by Georgia lawmakers looking to talk about the federal government's role in public education.<br />
A House committee, formed by lawmakers as a compromise to members opposed to Common Core education standards, heard about a variety of federal grants and programs Georgia receives, including free and reduced lunch on Monday.<br />
Several teachers at the meeting expressed their support for the more rigorous requirements of what students learn each year.<br />
Opponents of the standards have questioned what role the Race to the Top program had on states adopting Common Core standards. The program gave states federal grants in return for education reforms.<br />
Republican Rep. Brooks Coleman of Duluth chairs the committee and says the group is planning two more meetings.
For the third year in a row, a group of state officials, including the President of the University of Georgia, toured several agricultural interests in the state. Wednesday's Georgia Department of Agriculture and UGA Farm Tour focused on Northeast Georgia.