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College Football Playoff will feature 9 players from North Fulton

Bowl season for college football begins soon, and after Jan. 1 the national championship picture will be a bit clearer. Three of the schools in the College Football Playoff are stationed in the southeast, and the fourth team — Oklahoma — often recruits in Georgia. This makes the playoff populated with players from the Peach State. Narrowing it down, there are nine players from north Fulton...


Georgia Board of Regents approves plans to combine colleges

Georgia Board of Regents approves plans to combine colleges

Georgia’s Board of Regents approved plans Tuesday that will reduce the number of institutions in its system by two, changes officials say will help officials redesign student programs and improve academic performance. Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University will be consolidated as the new Georgia Southern University. Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and Bainbridge State...
Most, but maybe not all, Paulding Co. schools to reopen Wednesday after storm

Most, but maybe not all, Paulding Co. schools to reopen Wednesday after storm

Paulding County students will return to the classroom Wednesday at 29 of the district’s schools after a snowstorm caused icy roads and left buildings without water. The Paulding County School District announced on social media Tuesday that students and staff at most of its schools will be back in session Wednesday. But the district said it is still waiting to find out if four of its schools...
Teacher DeKalb ousted came right back as substitute

Teacher DeKalb ousted came right back as substitute

A teacher ousted after students said she threatened them with deportation after President Donald Trump’s 2016 election win was rehired for the 2017-2018 school year, though she was supposed to be ineligible for employment there. The error is one of several recent human resource blunders made by the DeKalb County School District, which has come under fire in recent years for its inability to...
Georgia’s education plan lacks ‘urgency’ to raise achievement, group says

Georgia’s education plan lacks ‘urgency’ to raise achievement, group says

A group of educational experts gives Georgia’s proposal to comply with new federal education law low marks in several areas. The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed two years ago, replaced the No Child Left Behind Act as the nation’s reigning law for schools. It deals mainly with accountability. While ESSA is more hands-off than its predecessor, giving states more control over how to hold...
This Georgia city is one of best college towns in America, ranking says 

This Georgia city is one of best college towns in America, ranking says 

University application deadlines are quickly approaching, but it can be difficult to narrow down the best choices when acceptance letters start rolling in. Luckily, WalletHub compiled a list a of the best college cities and towns to help, and Atlanta was among them.  The personal finance site determined its results by comparing more than 400 U.S. cities of varying sizes based on 28 key indicators...
Marietta schools shake off snow, return to service

Marietta schools shake off snow, return to service

Marietta has shaken loose of wintry weather’s grip, and schools there will re-open Tuesday on the normal schedule. The city school district in Cobb County closed early Friday as a snowstorm threatened the area, and did not open Monday after it left roads slick and parts of the county without power. Other districts to the south, such as Decatur and DeKalb County, saw less of a storm effect...
$90M student housing and retail tower in the works near GSU

$90M student housing and retail tower in the works near GSU

The development of a 26-story student housing project near the Georgia State University campus is moving forward, SunTrust Banks announced Monday. The company closed on a $58.3 million loan for the development of a 467,125-square-foot tower, which will accommodate 685 students and include 8,200 square feet of retail space. The total cost of the project at 120 Piedmont Avenue NE is nearly...
Metro Atlanta school districts announce Tuesday plans after winter storm

Metro Atlanta school districts announce Tuesday plans after winter storm

Paulding County School District will remain closed Tuesday after a winter storm caused icy roads and still-unresolved water outages. The school district is one of about a half dozen that closed Monday in the aftermath of a winter storm; other area districts reported they will resume classes Tuesday. Paulding announced the news on social media shortly before 7 p.m. Monday. The district cited road conditions...
Kennesaw State set to graduate 2,300 Owls this week

Kennesaw State set to graduate 2,300 Owls this week

The nest is going to be a bit lighter after this week. Kennesaw State University, which was covered in snow this weekend, will graduate 2,300 students over five ceremonies between Tuesday and Wednesday. Folks can expect to hear from a retired Georgia supreme court justice and the executive director of a program that advocates for women in STEAM fields. The school has posted information about ...
DeKalb mistakenly rehires teacher who threatened students with deportation

DeKalb mistakenly rehires teacher who threatened students with deportation

A teacher forced to resign after students said she threatened them with deportation after President Donald Trump’s election win in 2016 was rehired as a substitute teacher, district officials confirmed Friday. Diane Clark retired “in lieu of termination” on Nov. 28, 2016, weeks after students said she told them if they continued to misbehave, she would be calling immigration...
Georgia colleges to accept students from Puerto Rico

Georgia colleges to accept students from Puerto Rico

Ten Georgia colleges and universities will allow students from Puerto Rico, currently displaced by Hurricane Maria, to study here next semester, with the Puerto Rican institutions receiving the tuition. “This partnership means that Puerto Rico’s private college students will not suffer a delay in their studies,” said Georgia Independent College Association President Susanna Baxter...
Report: Former Emory U. president was among highest-paid leaders

Report: Former Emory U. president was among highest-paid leaders

Former Emory University president James W. Wagner was the nation’s second highest-compensated leaders in higher education, according to a report released Sunday by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Along with his $990,000 salary, Wagner was paid an additional $2.36 million in deferred compensation and received other benefits in 2015 for a total of about $3.5 million, the Chronicle reported...
Fulton County Schools closed Monday, but some employees to work

Fulton County Schools closed Monday, but some employees to work

Fulton County Schools will remain closed Monday because of “persistent icy road conditions” in parts of the county.  The district announced the decision shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. But not everyone is getting a snow day. The district said in a written statement that employees who work 220-day, 225-day and 235-day calendars are to report at their regular work times Monday...
Decatur schools’ post-storm schedule Monday

Decatur schools’ post-storm schedule Monday

Students in Decatur will return to school Monday after a wintry mix coated the ground into the weekend. While school districts to the north, such as Cobb County, are remaining closed due to the effects of the snowstorm, including power outages, Decatur and surrounding DeKalb County emerged relatively unscathed. A sunny Sunday helped to reduce the ice on roads in Decatur, where district spokeswoman...
Update: APS says all power restored after snow storm, will reopen Monday 

Update: APS says all power restored after snow storm, will reopen Monday 

Atlanta Public Schools will reopen Monday after a snow storm pounded the metro region, the district announced Sunday. The school district, in a statement released just before 5 p.m. Sunday, said it is able to resume “normal school operations” Monday after reviewing its buildings, power, staffing, roads and weather. District spokesman Ian Smith said as of 5 p.m. Sunday that power...
Snow makes metro Atlanta colleges revise Saturday schedules

Snow makes metro Atlanta colleges revise Saturday schedules

Several metro Atlanta colleges and universities revised their plans to reopen Saturday as snow continues to blanket the region and state transportation officials urge motorists to stay off the roads. Here’s the latest schedule for some campuses: Kennesaw State University has closed all of its campuses Saturday. It is delaying opening Sunday until 10 a.m. The University of West Georgia,...
Snow gives metro Atlanta school leaders an agonizing decision

Snow gives metro Atlanta school leaders an agonizing decision

Students at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in south DeKalb County were supposed to be released from school at 1:30 Friday, prompted by the steadily falling mix of snow and rain seen across metro Atlanta. Buses were still pulling up a half hour after the scheduled early dismissal. DeKalb and other metro districts changed plans in the middle of the school day as snow began sticking to grass...
DeKalb mom wants answers after 8-year-old attempts suicide in class

DeKalb mom wants answers after 8-year-old attempts suicide in class

A DeKalb County Schools parent says her son attempted to drown himself in a Peachcrest Elementary classroom, and she’s raising questions about the district’s handling of the situation. The mother said her 8-year-old second-grader made the suicide attempt last Friday after a counselor gave a talk to the class about suicide awareness. In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Atlanta Public Schools to dismiss early Friday as winter storm moves in

Atlanta Public Schools to dismiss early Friday as winter storm moves in

Atlanta Public Schools will close one hour early Friday because of snowy, rainy weather, though officials warned traffic and weather conditions will mean it will take longer for students to make it home. The school district made the announcement just before 12:30 p.m. Friday and also cancelled all after-school, evening and weekend activities. “Even with an early dismissal, because of the traffic...
Snow forcing metro Atlanta schools to close

Snow forcing metro Atlanta schools to close

Metro Atlanta school systems are calling it quits as the weather gets worse. See the full list of closings here. Paulding County was among the first to call it quits after starting, with dismissing elementary schools at 12:30 p.m. and other schools at 11:30 a.m. It is also canceling after school activities and Learning Bridge. All Saturday activities are canceled. Cobb County was one of...
Gwinnett schools to dismiss one hour early Friday 

Gwinnett schools to dismiss one hour early Friday 

Gwinnett County Public Schools will dismiss students one hour earlier than usual Friday. The school district made the announcement at noon and cited the inclement weather moving into the area. Gwinnett schools also cancelled all afternoon and evening activities Friday.
Snow storm: Decatur schools close early

Snow storm: Decatur schools close early

City Schools of Decatur changed plans Friday as the snow started to pile up, announcing after noon that schools would close one hour early. Earlier that morning, as the rain shifted to light snow, the system announced that only after school and Saturday activities were being cancelled but that schools would stick to regular hours. Then the snow flakes fattened and began to pile up. The district alerted...
Atlanta school board fires autism teacher who allegedly struck student

Atlanta school board fires autism teacher who allegedly struck student

The Atlanta Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate the employment of an autism teacher who allegedly hit a student with a closed fist earlier this school year. Angela Christian-Vaughn’s termination was effective Tuesday, after the board voted Monday to accept a tribunal’s recommendation and finding of fact.  The Ralph J. Bunche Middle School special education autism teacher...
Kennesaw State cancels class in the middle of finals due to weather

Kennesaw State cancels class in the middle of finals due to weather

The wintry weather rolling through metro Atlanta has caused Kennesaw State University to close its campus, interrupting finals week. One forecaster said Cobb County is likely to get between 2 to 4 inches of snow Friday, especially in the northern and western part of the county. Cobb and Marietta schools also made the decision to let students off early. KSU will close campus at 12:30...
Atlanta weather: School bus in collision on I-20

Atlanta weather: School bus in collision on I-20

Five Rockdale County students were injured when their school bus was in a crash on Interstate 20 in Atlanta Friday morning. Westbound traffic was backed up a couple miles from the Moreland Avenue exit, where there were four school buses stopped in the road after 10 a.m. A Rockdale County Public Schools spokeswoman, Cindy Ball, said none of the children appeared to be seriously injured but all were...
Cobb, Marietta schools being dismissed early due to metro Atlanta snow

Cobb, Marietta schools being dismissed early due to metro Atlanta snow

The Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools will be releasing students early into the weekend due to the snowy weather. The county announced on Twitter that CCSD high schools will let out at 11:30 a.m., middle schools at 12:30 p.m. and elementary schools at 1:30 p.m. About 9:50 a.m., MCS said on Facebook that all of its schools will be released two hours early. “Our team...
Atlanta weather: Paulding and Bartow schools call early dismissal

Atlanta weather: Paulding and Bartow schools call early dismissal

Paulding County schools are calling it quits because of weather. The school system’s Twitter account says that it will dismiss middle and high schools at 11:30. Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30. All after school and weekend activities are cancelled, as is and Learning Bridge. Bartow is calling schools at 11 a.m. Snow falling in metro Atlanta, other parts of North Georgia Atlanta&rsquo...
Marietta High just got a $3M technical school grant for its expansion

Marietta High just got a $3M technical school grant for its expansion

The Technical College System of Georgia announced Thursday that it has awarded Marietta City Schools a $3 million grant for its upcoming expansion. Marietta High School College and Career Academy was already expected to use $9 million in E-SPLOST, Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, funds to expand the school. Tammy Garnes, Marietta schools spokeswoman, said academy will be ...
Operators of former Kennesaw travel company face felony charges

Operators of former Kennesaw travel company face felony charges

The operators of a former Kennesaw-based travel company are facing criminal charges in California in connection with a cancelled high school band trip to Japan. Bradley Matheson, 52, and Margaret Matheson, 43, together operating as Harmony International, were charged with 93 felony counts and 2 misdemeanor counts, including embezzlement, failing to maintain passenger funds in a trust account, and...
Mary Norwood filmed on playground without permission, school says

Mary Norwood filmed on playground without permission, school says

During the final hours of the mayoral race Tuesday afternoon, Mary Norwood’s team opened a gate to an elementary campus playground, walked through and started filming without first asking permission, school officials said. A video of Norwood campaigning at Drew Charter School was later posted to her Instagram account, despite a request from the school not to use the footage. The...
Kennesaw State professor to appear on ABC baking competition show

Kennesaw State professor to appear on ABC baking competition show

If you give Kennesaw State University professor Molly Brodak an apple on the first day of class, she might turn it into some amazing baked good. Brodak will appear on ABC’s latest season of “The Great American Baking Show,” which premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. The show is an adaption of the “The Great British Bake Off.” According to the school, the baker teaches English...
Atlanta weather: Decatur schools reveal snow plans

Atlanta weather: Decatur schools reveal snow plans

Despite the potential for slippery roads on Friday, City Schools of Decatur has no plans to close for the day or otherwise change the schedule. “As of now, we do not expect the weather to impact school operations,” a system spokeswoman told The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday afternoon. She added, though, that  forecasts can change quickly and the district will continue monitoring...
Metro Atlanta braces for winter weather

Metro Atlanta braces for winter weather

As of Thursday afternoon, most of metro Atlanta appeared to be taking a “wait and see” approach to reports of plunging temperatures and possible snow going into Friday.  Several counties and cities around the region have already started pre-treating bridges and some roads with brine, a salt water mix that helps prevent ice from forming. Others are preparing brine, sand, salt...
Fulton County Schools: How is the decision made to close?

Fulton County Schools: How is the decision made to close?

Fulton County Schools officials said Thursday the district is debating whether schools should close as forecasts for metro Atlanta call for a wintry mix of snow and rain beginning late tonight. The superintendent has the final say in school closings and bases a decision on recommendations from staff and the following factors: • Road conditions • Time of weather’s arrival • Weather...
Gov. Deal orders Cobb flags lowered in honor of crossing guard

Gov. Deal orders Cobb flags lowered in honor of crossing guard

Governor Nathan Deal has ordered flags in Cobb County lowered to half-staff Friday and Saturday in honor of Edna Umeh, a crossing guard killed last week in front of Lindley Middle School. “Ms. Umeh proudly served the citizens of Cobb County and gave her life while ensuring the safe passage of students walking to school,” the executive order said. Umeh was struck and killed by a driver...
Atlanta schools watch snow forecast, expect to be open Friday 

Atlanta schools watch snow forecast, expect to be open Friday 

Atlanta Public Schools officials announced Thursday afternoon that they expect school to be open Friday but are closely monitoring weather forecasts. “Based on the information provided by the National Weather Service, APS schools will be open tomorrow, December 8. Based on the current forecast, we do not anticipate inclement weather until late tomorrow afternoon or early evening. We will continue...
Gwinnett schools: How do they decide to close for bad weather?

Gwinnett schools: How do they decide to close for bad weather?

With the season’s first snow possible on Friday, parents and students are keeping a close eye on school plans. Gwinnett County Public Schools’ superintendent is in charge of making the decision to close school. That call is made in consultation with public safety, county, emergency management, and state transportation officials. The school district follows a list of producedures ...
DeKalb approves Pleasantdale Park sale to school system

DeKalb approves Pleasantdale Park sale to school system

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to sell a 7.35-acre chunk of Pleasantdale Park to the school system, which plans to build an elementary school on the site. Commissioners approved the $3,226,650 deal with the DeKalb County Board of Education after meeting in executive session on Tuesday. The sale represents about a fourth of the 24-acre park in Doraville and will become the site of a new building...
Pressure on Olens to leave KSU

Pressure on Olens to leave KSU

Pressure is being put, publicly and privately, on Sam Olens to leave his job as president of Kennesaw State University. Olens took the job a year ago amid complaints by some that he got it through connections rather than qualifications, and he has faced criticism in recent weeks from some students, faculty, community leaders and free-speech advocates for several miscues, particularly his handling...
Incumbent, 3 newcomers elected to Atlanta school board

Incumbent, 3 newcomers elected to Atlanta school board

In one of four Atlanta Board of Education runoff races, voters re-elected Byron Amos, though his challenger plans to request a recount. Amos, the only incumbent on Tuesday’s ballot, defeated Keisha Carey by 80 votes in the race to represent central Atlanta District 2, according to unofficial results. Late Tuesday, Amos said he plans to go on a “listening tour” to sit down and connect...
Warrant: Gwinnett teacher exposed himself in Hobby Lobby parking lot

Warrant: Gwinnett teacher exposed himself in Hobby Lobby parking lot

A Gwinnett County football coach and teacher has been charged with public indecency, Channel 2 Action News reported. Allen Reeves Blankenship, 24, was arrested Tuesday evening and released from jail shortly after midnight. A woman called police after Blankenship exposed his genitals in the parking lot of a Lawrenceville Hobby Lobby, a warrant says. Blankenship is a science teacher and outside linebacker...
Harrowing WWII experience still vivid for 102-year-old veteran

Harrowing WWII experience still vivid for 102-year-old veteran

At 102 years old, Stephen B. Williams doesn’t get around like he used to. Ask him about World War II, though, and he can recall with great detail falling into a foxhole in North Africa during a surprise attack on his unit. Williams said he survived nine days off red clay and water from a rock. When he emerged from the hole, he discovered his entire unit was dead. “God was with me every...
GOP retools higher ed. Less regulation, more job training

GOP retools higher ed. Less regulation, more job training

Charged with updating the Higher Education Act, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce came up with the PROSPER Act — Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform. The bill passed out of committee last night after a 14-hour contentious session. The bill goes now to the full House. The main question: Will students...
Differentiated instruction: Snake oil or coconut oil?

Differentiated instruction: Snake oil or coconut oil?

I wrote a column a few years ago on differentiated instruction, calling it the coconut oil of education because of all its fabled curative powers: “It can reduce cholesterol, moisturize your skin and meet the needs of all students, no matter where they fall in the performance panorama. And make a tasty pie crust, too.” At the time, I heard from defenders of differentiated...
States now have more control over their schools. Will that improve them?

States now have more control over their schools. Will that improve them?

The Center on Education Policy at George Washington University surveyed state leaders on the Every Student Succeeds Act, the sequel to No Child Less Behind.  Enacted two years ago as an antidote to the overly prescriptive No Child, ESSA provides states with more freedom and flexibility to determine education policy and practice. ESSA eliminated the “failure to make...
Snow storm: Marietta schools close two hours early

Snow storm: Marietta schools close two hours early

Marietta schools announced Friday afternoon that schools will close two hours early due to the wintry weather. School buses will run their normal routes, but all after-school programs and extra-curricular events are cancelled for the day. Closing times for Marietta City Schools in Cobb County are as follows: · Marietta High School – 12:30 p.m.  · Marietta Middle School...
Snow storm: Cobb schools close early

Snow storm: Cobb schools close early

Schools in Cobb County are closing early Friday as snow begins to fall in metro Atlanta. High schools release first, at 11:30 a.m., followed by middle schools at 12:30 p.m. and elementary schools at 1:30 p.m., the Cobb County School District said. After school programs and all field trips and extracurricular activities for Friday and Saturday were being cancelled, including ACT tests in county schools...
Telling the story of resegregation through Marietta High School

Telling the story of resegregation through Marietta High School

Should a school district losing middle-class white families labor to lure them back or focus on the students now walking through its doors? That’s one of the big questions in a scholarly new book that chronicles the story of resegregation of Southern schools and communities through Marietta High School. Marietta High integrated 10 years after the U.S. Supreme...
Has Sam Olens lost credibility to lead KSU after misstep on cheerleader protest?

Has Sam Olens lost credibility to lead KSU after misstep on cheerleader protest?

The AJC is reporting that Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens may be out of a job as a result of a bungled response to the cheerleaders who took a knee on the football field. According to the news story: Faculty and student protested when Chancellor Hank Huckaby tapped Olens to lead KSU last year. While a longtime resident of Cobb County, an attorney and a popular...
Historian: We must make stronger case for college history classes

Historian: We must make stronger case for college history classes

David Leinweber is an associate professor of history at Oxford College of Emory University. In this piece, he addresses the growing disillusionment with higher education, especially in terms of liberal arts education, history, and the humanities. Leinweber also speaks to what he considers legitimate parent frustration with soaring college tuition. By David Leinweber On...
Georgia low-performing schools selected for “turnaround”

Georgia low-performing schools selected for “turnaround”

The first Georgia “turnaround” schools have been identified for special state attention, and none are in metro Atlanta.  The 11 schools picked by the state’s first Chief Turnaround Office, Eric Thomas, are mostly in rural South Georgia, where poverty is high and districts lack the financial wherewithal of big urban systems.  Thomas said these schools — in Bibb...
Emory goes “green”

Emory goes “green”

A non-profit organization that works to ensure colleges and universities provide free speech rights for students and faculty announced Tuesday it has given Emory University its best rating. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said Emory is the first Georgia institution to receive a “green light” rating after working with the organization to revise its undergraduate conduct...
Atlanta schools runoff sees only incumbent re-elected, 3 new members

Atlanta schools runoff sees only incumbent re-elected, 3 new members

Voters returned Byron Amos to his seat on the Atlanta Board of Education, in one of four school board races in Tuesday’s runoff election. Amos, the only incumbent on Tuesday’s ballot, narrowly defeated Keisha Carey in the race to represent central Atlanta District 2, according to complete but unofficial results from Fulton County.  Carey said Wednesday she will request a recount,...
Most Georgia schools graded D or F by the state serve low-income kids

Most Georgia schools graded D or F by the state serve low-income kids

In its new analysis of the grades awarded to schools by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute found most schools where at least half of students are low-income earned a D or F, including 99 percent of extreme-poverty schools. (The institute defined extreme poverty as 75 percent or more of students...
Atlanta school board OKs more students in KIPP charters

Atlanta school board OKs more students in KIPP charters

A public charter school operator will be allowed to enroll 1,100 more students in Atlanta and add two more schools. The Atlanta Board of Education — in a divided Monday vote during the final scheduled meeting before a new board takes over — authorized the expansion of KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative Inc., a nonprofit that runs seven charter schools within the Atlanta Public Schools district...
This Cobb County school rose off Georgia's low-performing list

This Cobb County school rose off Georgia's low-performing list

A Cobb County public school improved enough to move off of Georgia’s lowest-performing list. Clarkdale Elementary School is among 61 in the state no longer considered “priority” or “focus” schools, the Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday. They got on the list with low student scores on state standardized tests and, in some cases, low graduation rates. Clarkdale...
These Fulton County schools rose off Georgia’s low-performing list

These Fulton County schools rose off Georgia’s low-performing list

Eight of Fulton County’s public schools improved enough to move off of Georgia’s lowest-performing list. The schools are among 61 in the state no longer considered “priority” or “focus” schools, the Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday. They got on the list with low student scores on state standardized tests and, in some cases, low graduation rates...
These Atlanta schools rose off Georgia’s low-performing list

These Atlanta schools rose off Georgia’s low-performing list

Nine of Atlanta’s public schools improved enough to move off of Georgia’s lowest-performing list. The schools are among 61 in the state no longer considered “priority” or “focus” schools, the Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday. They got on the list with low student scores on state standardized tests and, in some cases, low graduation...
These districts saw their schools rise off Georgia’s low-performing list

These districts saw their schools rise off Georgia’s low-performing list

Sixty one Georgia schools, nearly half of them in metro Atlanta’s big school districts, improved enough to move off of the state’s “priority” and “focus” lists, the Georgia Department of Education announced Tuesday. Priority Schools are those among the bottom 5 percent in achievement on standardized state tests that also have high concentrations of students...
Hunt is on for Morningside Elementary kindergarten site as APS approves rezoning

Hunt is on for Morningside Elementary kindergarten site as APS approves rezoning

Wanted: A new kindergarten location for Morningside Elementary School for next school year. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a revised rezoning plan to start to relieve overcrowding among schools that are feeders for Grady High School. The board authorized superintendent Meria Carstarphen to negotiate for a building to house Morningside kindergartners, after parents...
In 6-3 vote, Atlanta school board approves KIPP charter school expansion

In 6-3 vote, Atlanta school board approves KIPP charter school expansion

The Atlanta school board -- in a divided Monday vote during the last meeting before a new board takes over -- authorized a public charter school operator to add two new schools and grow enrollment by 1,100 students.  KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative Inc., which runs seven charter schools through a contract with Atlanta Public Schools, will be able to increase its enrollment cap from 3,100 students...
Video: Atlanta fifth-grader thanks school board for dropping ‘distracting’ from dress code

Video: Atlanta fifth-grader thanks school board for dropping ‘distracting’ from dress code

In a win for an Atlanta fifth-grader who wants to wear leggings to class, the Atlanta school board changed its dress code to no longer explicitly ban “distracting” clothing.  Springdale Park Elementary School student Falyn Handley, 10, garnered national media attention after she asked the Atlanta Board of Education last month to remove the word “distracting” from...
Charter schools seem to enjoy greater support in Georgia than other states. Why?

Charter schools seem to enjoy greater support in Georgia than other states. Why?

Why are charter schools more popular in some states than others? That question gained relevance after the 2017 Education Next survey on K-12 education documented a steep slide in the public’s view of charter schools. This year, 39 percent of respondents said they support “the formation of charter schools,” down from 51 percent in 2016. The decline intrigued...
Opinion: Broken immigration system imperils dreams, accomplishments of students

Opinion: Broken immigration system imperils dreams, accomplishments of students

Jason Esteves was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education in 2013. A former Teach for America teacher, Esteves taught middle school in the Houston Independent School District. He is now an attorney. Esteves has served on the boards of KIPP South Fulton Academy, Georgia Appleseed’s Young Professionals Council, and the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association...
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