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Students demand a break — every day

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and school recess are inalienable rights.    That was essentially the message Lilly Nordby Wills brought to Georgia lawmakers this week, hoping to right what she sees as a grave injustice at her Paulding County school.    “We get 15 minutes of recess, sometimes not even that,” the...
Gwinnett punishes lots of students in ‘sex’ cases; too many, say some

Gwinnett punishes lots of students in ‘sex’ cases; too many, say some

A five-year-old Gwinnett County kindergarten student was accused of sexual harassment earlier this school year, and some say that is part of a disturbing trend in the school district. The student’s attorney, Andrea Landers, argued the child is too young to comprehend sexual harassment, but the student was suspended from school. “It’s one example where Gwinnett is using its net too...
In new STEM school, lessons for many ages under one roof, in one room

In new STEM school, lessons for many ages under one roof, in one room

The 21st Century STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Academy is a modern take on the one-room schoolhouse. Electronic circuits and textbooks on robot building are scattered on work tables just beyond the front door of the Decatur school. Beyond the STEM lab, 3-D printers are surrounded by cups, spheres and other trinkets already produced on them. In the corner, mats are laid out...
Fulton schools boast largest music therapy program in the nation

Fulton schools boast largest music therapy program in the nation

“Music is the thing that can make the difference,” said Amber Weldon-Stephens, who has made a career of using music to help special-needs students in Fulton County. Clayton County was the only school district in Georgia that offered music therapy when Weldon-Stephens, a 22-year-old University of Georgia graduate, finished her internship in 1990. She hoped to replicate in Fulton what existed...
Fulton schools bring back staff and programs, but recovery’s slow

Fulton schools bring back staff and programs, but recovery’s slow

While Georgia is still rebounding from the financial hit of the recession, which took more than $100 million from Fulton County Schools, the district has managed to resurrect arts programs, hire more teachers and increase salaries. Fulton officials say the district still has not fully recovered, and the slow pace of making up for cuts in Fulton illustrates the difficulty districts face across Georgia...
Fulton schools hope to profit from teaching Mandarin

Fulton schools hope to profit from teaching Mandarin

Oakley Elementary School does not just teach students Mandarin, it teaches them in Mandarin. A hundred students spend half the day learning math and science in Mandarin and the other half learning reading, writing and social studies in English. Mandarin classes, taught by Yipeng Wang, are the best part of the day for Kailey Gillespie, 6. “My favorite thing is counting,” said Gillespie...
Cobb school district plans two information meetings in March

Cobb school district plans two information meetings in March

Two public information meetings will be conducted by the Cobb County School District in early March. The first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. March 7 at Tapp Middle School, 3900 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. Input is requested on use of federal funds for Title I, II, III, IDEA and Carl D. Perkins and development of the Comprehensive Local Education Agency Improvement Plan. Also, public input is requested...
DeKalb Schools’ HR chief apparently removed from post, but will he show up?

DeKalb Schools’ HR chief apparently removed from post, but will he show up?

Leo Brown, the human resources head at DeKalb County Schools who hasn’t been seen at work since December, has a new job. DeKalb County Board of Education member Stan Jester posted on his blog Sunday that Brown becomes Specialist II Compliance in the district’s Facilities and Operations Division. Everett Patrick, the director of employment services, will become the interim chief human...
State campus data on stun guns, Tasers show zero use for self defense

State campus data on stun guns, Tasers show zero use for self defense

Are Georgia campuses so unsafe that students need to be armed? That is the contention of Georgia lawmakers, who are making another attempt at changing state law to allow students to carry firearms. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill last year, saying it would not make college campuses safer. Writing today in the AJC Get Schooled blog, Matthew Boedy, an assistant professor at the University of...
Graduation rates rising for Gwinnett County’s black students

Graduation rates rising for Gwinnett County’s black students

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution decided during Black History Month to explore how African-American students in Gwinnett County’s school system are performing academically. Graduation rates have risen over the last three years at a faster rate than the countywide average. The countywide average was still slightly higher among all Gwinnett students, at 79.6 percent. Their scores on prominent...
State audit finds financial errors at Atlanta Metropolitan college

State audit finds financial errors at Atlanta Metropolitan college

Atlanta Metropolitan State College finance officials made multiple accounting errors that could make the school susceptible to “misappropriation of funds,” state officials wrote in a recent report. The 40-page report completed earlier this month by the state’s Department of Audits and Accounts found numerous problems such as: the college could not provide adequate...
Legislators push what voters didn’t want; new bureaucracy unneeded

Legislators push what voters didn’t want; new bureaucracy unneeded

After the stinging defeat of the Opportunity School District in November, lawmakers are now attempting to achieve with legislation what voters would not allow through the ballot. House Bill 338 could be described as a kinder, gentler OSD, where the state does not big-foot its way into seizing control of struggling schools but rather dances a delicate waltz with willing districts. Yes, the state could...
New plan for ‘lowest-performing’ schools advancing through Legislature

New plan for ‘lowest-performing’ schools advancing through Legislature

After failing to persuade Georgia voters last year to let the state take over low-performing schools, lawmakers are proposing what they describe as a “collaborative” alternative to avoid another bruising battle. Where Amendment 1 would have empowered an appointee of the governor to seize “chronically failing” schools and local tax dollars, this new legislation relies on school...
Open house planned for all-boy, all-girl charter schools in Atlanta

Open house planned for all-boy, all-girl charter schools in Atlanta

Genesis Innovation Academy will open two schools -- one for boys and one for girls -- because gender-specific education models are proving more fruitful, organizers say. Gavin Samms, the schools’ founder, said each school will house approximately 250 students, allow for individualized instruction through smaller class sizes and still giving students coed interaction needed for social development...
Legislature considers kinder, gentler Opportunity School District plan

Legislature considers kinder, gentler Opportunity School District plan

After the stinging defeat of the Opportunity School District in November, Georgia lawmakers are now attempting to achieve with legislation what voters would not allow through the ballot. House Bill 338 could be described as a kinder, gentler OSD, where the state does not big-foot its way into seizing control of struggling schools but rather dances a delicate waltz with willing districts. Yes, the...
DeKalb Schools superintendent faces death threats over ‘misleading’ article

DeKalb Schools superintendent faces death threats over ‘misleading’ article

DeKalb County School District officials say Superintendent Steve Green has received death threats after an alt-right news publication published a story inaccurately depicting the departures of several teachers as being based on their political views. The story, which ran on the World Net Daily website, said teachers were told “not to express themselves on or off campus is their views on...
Dade County cancels class as flu surges in Georgia

Dade County cancels class as flu surges in Georgia

Dade County Schools were closed Thursday and will be closed Friday, the second North Georgia school district this year to close schools due to outbreaks of influenza and norovirus. Earlier this month, Walker County Schools, which neighbors Dade and infected Tennessee counties, cancelled two class days after more than 1,000 students called in sick and about 350 checked out early. The district also...
South Forsyth High ranks first in Region Literary Meet

South Forsyth High ranks first in Region Literary Meet

South Forsyth High School was ranked first overall for the fifth year in a row when students competed in the recent Region Literary Meet against North Forsyth, Central Forsyth, Lambert, West Forsyth and Milton high schools. First-place winners were: Devon Winn, Essay, Rhetorical; Brett Daise, Extemporaneous Speaking, Domestic; Connor Buehler, Extemporaneous Speaking, International; Northie Jackson...
South Forsyth student is German Student of Year

South Forsyth student is German Student of Year

Matthew Powell of South Forsyth High School was recently named the American Association of Teachers of German Georgia Student of the Year. This award comes with a three-week trip to Germany, all expenses paid – valued at over $5,000.00. Matthew will stay with a German family and take advanced German classes at the Goethe Institute. Matthew was required to submit a letter of recommendation from...
Fayette County Teacher Wins State LEGO League Coach of the Year

Fayette County Teacher Wins State LEGO League Coach of the Year

J.C. Booth Middle STEM and engineering teacher Jason Bingel was awarded Coach/Mentor of the Year honors at the state FIRST LEGO League Championship at Georgia Gwinnett College on Feb. 4. Under Bingel’s direction, the Booth robotics program has grown substantially over the past several years with the school having more FLL teams than any other middle school in Georgia. His teams have also supported...
Middle school students get good at ‘app smashing’

Middle school students get good at ‘app smashing’

E.T. Booth Middle School sixth-grade students are “app smashing” using iPads to master technology and math concepts. App smashing, using multiple apps to create projects or complete tasks, gives students creative ways to showcase their learning and allow educators to assess their understanding and skills. Cherokee County instructional technology specialist Jim Berry leads the lessons during...
Proposal would nearly double tax credits for school scholarships

Proposal would nearly double tax credits for school scholarships

Legislation to increase the limit on state tax credits for private school scholarships took a step forward through the General Assembly Wednesday, but the proposed increase is now smaller than originally intended. Georgia currently allots $58 million a year in tax credits for taxpayers who assign money for private school scholarships, but House Bill 217 would gradually lift that cap to $100 million...
Bill ending funding for ‘sanctuary campuses’ passes Georgia House

Bill ending funding for ‘sanctuary campuses’ passes Georgia House

Private colleges and universities in Georgia could lose state funding if they declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” under legislation the state House approved Wednesday.  House Bill 37 would punish those schools that do not comply with state and federal immigration law. The bill passed 112-57 and now goes to the Senate.  Emory University previously had flirted with becoming...
Gwinnett County receives national education accolade

Gwinnett County receives national education accolade

Georgia’s largest public school district received national accolades Tuesday for its efforts in getting students to take more rigorous courses and for how students performed in those classes. The College Board named Gwinnett County its Advanced Placement District of the Year among the nation’s largest school districts. Gwinnett did the best job of getting more students to take...
Should colleges require balance of liberal, conservative faculty?

Should colleges require balance of liberal, conservative faculty?

For the sake of diversity, should colleges hire more professors with conservative political views? That is the goal of a state senator from Iowa who has proposed legislation that would mandate a balance of ideologies in the faculty teaching at the state’s public colleges and universities. The bill from Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, requires: “Partisan balance of the faculty employed at...
What's the best college in Georgia? Depends who you ask

What's the best college in Georgia? Depends who you ask

There seems to be a new college ranking every few days, and it can be overwhelming to find the right school for you. To help, we've rounded up our exhaustive list of rankings stories so you can figure out what the best college choice entails for you, whether you're particular about professors, social life, best buys or prestige. Berry College near Rome was named the most beautiful college...
Where is DeKalb County schools’ director of human resources?

Where is DeKalb County schools’ director of human resources?

The DeKalb County School District’s human resources head, who arrived 14 months ago to address why teachers leave and how the district can hire the best candidates for its children, has been inexplicably absent. Leo Brown, the district’s chief human capital management officer, has not been seen in the district’s administrative offices since before December’s winter break. ...
Making the Grade: KSU program explores Civil War’s impact today

Making the Grade: KSU program explores Civil War’s impact today

There’s no specific classroom, museum or meeting space connected to the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era. But the mission of the program, based at Kennesaw State University, is an educational one, designed to introduce and inform students of all ages about a tragic time in the country’s history. “The center really began as a series of annual symposia that evolved,&rdquo...
After school trip, Betsy DeVos insults teachers for their ‘receive mode’

After school trip, Betsy DeVos insults teachers for their ‘receive mode’

Despite being blocked by protesters when she arrived for her first official school visit as U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos seemed to enjoy her day at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington earlier this month. DeVos had nothing but good things to say as she left the high-poverty school recognized for its academic progress. She called it “awesome” and “wonderful.&rdquo...
Gwinnett school board members voice concerns about state takeover plan

Gwinnett school board members voice concerns about state takeover plan

Some Gwinnett County school board members aren’t thrilled with aspects of a revised plan under discussion at the state Capitol to help underperforming public schools. The board members criticized aspects of House Bill 338, filed earlier this month, a new effort to give the state greater power to assist chronically-failing schools. Voters refused to amend the state Constitution in November...
Deal rolls out new school takeover plan. Will it help or hurt kids?

Deal rolls out new school takeover plan. Will it help or hurt kids?

Left empty-handed after voters rejected his plan for state takeover of failing schools, Gov. Nathan Deal is back with his promised Plan B. Deal is trying to do with legislation what voters would not allow him to do through a constitutional amendment — put the control of low-performing schools under the control of someone new. House Bill 338 would allow the state to step into the lowest performing...
Photos: Tyler Perry, Usher celebrate Morehouse College anniversary

Photos: Tyler Perry, Usher celebrate Morehouse College anniversary

Morehouse college hosted its 29th “A Candle in the Dark” Gala, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historically black college on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2017 in Atlanta, Ga.
Districts still have uncertified teachers, and teacher vacancies

Districts still have uncertified teachers, and teacher vacancies

DeKalb County School District officials have hired 69 uncertified teachers since the school year began, using a new district status that allows flexibility on some state rules to ease teacher recruitment woes. Yet it continues to have teaching vacancies. Monday, officials reported the district had 58.5 vacancies. A year ago, it had fewer, at 53.5. With vacancies continuing to be a problem, are uncertified...
Fulton County School District 2016-17 Calendar

Fulton County School District 2016-17 Calendar

The 2016-17 school year has almost come and gone for the Fulton County School system. But there are still important dates for parents to mark on their calendars.  Schools will be closed Feb. 17 and Feb. 20 for Presidents Day weekend. Students will be off on March 10 and March 13 for Teacher Workday and Professional Development Day, respectively. Spring break will be April 3-7.  The last...
Deadline looms to register for two Fulton County special elections

Deadline looms to register for two Fulton County special elections

If you want to vote in the upcoming special elections in Fulton County and you’re not registered, you’d better do that soon.  The deadline is Feb. 21.  Residents of Roswell will vote to fill the City Council Post 4 seat vacated by Councilmember Kent Igleheart, who resigned Nov. 1 after he was charged with having sexual contact with a teenage girl. South Fulton...
Obama Elementary “historic” for DeKalb Schools, superintendent says

Obama Elementary “historic” for DeKalb Schools, superintendent says

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green stood behind a lectern Thursday morning, flanked by members of the district’s board, beaming with pride. “You only get one chance to be first,” he said to raucous applause from the more than 100 people in the auditorium at Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School of Technology in Atlanta. “This is the first school (in...
Did that N. Fulton teacher win the $20K Grammy Foundation award?

Did that N. Fulton teacher win the $20K Grammy Foundation award?

A Johns Creek middle school music teacher made it to the final round of a contest to win the fourth annual Grammy Foundation's 2017 Music Educator Award, but she did not take home the ultimate prize. Nicole Thompson of Taylor Road Middle School was one of 10 finalists vying to win $10,000 with a matching grant for her school. The nine finalists received a $1,000 honorarium and...
Deadline fast approaching to register for Cobb special election

Deadline fast approaching to register for Cobb special election

The deadline for the March 21 special election in Cobb County is just about here. But don’t worry: You have until Feb. 21 to register as a voter. Residents of Cobb and Marietta will vote on whether their school systems will enact their fifth Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or E-SPLOST. Cobb is asking for about $797 million and Marietta requests about $62...
Need money for a college education? Try crowdfunding

Need money for a college education? Try crowdfunding

The cost of a college education just keeps going up. In its most recent report, the College Board found that the estimated annual budget (which includes all fees associated with attending college) ranged from $17,000 for a two-year commuter school to $49,320 for a private non-profit, four-year on campus education. It’s no surprise then, that college students and the people who love them, have...
Kennesaw State to offer cybersecurity degree

Kennesaw State to offer cybersecurity degree

Kennesaw State University is beefing up its cybersecurity course offerings. The school announced Tuesday that the Georgia Board of Regents has approved its Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program. The cybersecurity major includes elements of information technology, information security and assurance, and criminal justice, officials said. The degree program, set to begin in fall 2017, is the first...
Judge rules for Morehouse board chairman in dispute with student leaders

Judge rules for Morehouse board chairman in dispute with student leaders

A judge has ruled Morehouse College’s board chairman acted legally in January when he excluded student trustees from its vote not to renew the contract of its president, but he lauded the students for their “well-pled grievances.” Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney wrote in his four-page ruling issued Monday that the board’s rules allow its chairman to...
DeKalb school band gets gig of a lifetime - but can’t afford the trip

DeKalb school band gets gig of a lifetime - but can’t afford the trip

The Miller Grove High Wind Symphony has the gig of a lifetime: Carnegie Hall in New York City.  But there’s a problem: some of the cornerstone players can’t afford the trip in spite of a number of fundraisers held throughout the year. Now one more campaign is underway on GoFundMe to help them make the April 10 performance. The DeKalb County School District confirmed that the...
Cobb now accepting School Choice applications

Cobb now accepting School Choice applications

Parents in Cobb County may apply online to transfer their children to a different school for the 2017-2018 school year. The application period began Feb. 1 and ends Feb. 28 at midnight. Transfers are not awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. If there are too many applicants for a particular school, there will be a lottery to determine who may transfer. Graduating fifth and eighth grade students...
Future home for Decatur’s early childhood center remains uncertain

Future home for Decatur’s early childhood center remains uncertain

The future home for Decatur’s Early Childhood Learning Center remains uncertain, though some resolution should be reached by April according to Superintendent David Dude. For two years the school system has tentatively planned to build a new ECLC within the development now called E.co East, on the Avondale MARTA parking lot. But Dude said last week the E.co East partnership is still “not...
Gwinnett officials propose $7.7 million for school structural improvements

Gwinnett officials propose $7.7 million for school structural improvements

Gwinnett County school administrators say some schools need some handiwork and want to spend about $7.7 million on the improvements. The officials want to reroof and improve the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in about 20 schools. School board members are scheduled to vote on the proposed work at a meeting Thursday evening. Gwinnett officials wrote in memos that the companies recommended...
WATCH: Cobb wrestler tackles his county rival after losing match

WATCH: Cobb wrestler tackles his county rival after losing match

The video starts out normally — two high school wrestlers tussling and trying to outwit their opponents at a statewide tournament. Then that match in the foreground becomes much less interesting. As if a starter pistol had just been fired, a Cobb County high school wrestler appears from the right side of the screen bounding across the mat and tackles the competitor who’d just bested him...
Lawmakers take aim at Georgia school sports association

Lawmakers take aim at Georgia school sports association

Age is no guarantee of respect under the Gold Dome, at least for the premier sports authority in Georgia high schools. The General Assembly is pushing two bills that would set up an alternative to the 109-year-old governing body for school athletics, the Georgia High School Association, and its 56-member board. “I don’t think any of them know what they’re job is,&rdquo...
14 metro Atlanta schools named AP Challenge Schools

14 metro Atlanta schools named AP Challenge Schools

State Superintendent Richard Woods today recognized 59 Advanced Placement Challenge Schools, 14 in metro Atlanta. The honor recognizes high schools with 900 or fewer students that offer AP testing in all four core areas: English, math, science and social studies. Atlanta Public Schools led the state with eight AP Challenge Schools. There were two fewer AP Challenge Schools than last year. “Challenge&rdquo...
Foundation gives Atlanta’s school district $2.1 million for its turnaround plan

Foundation gives Atlanta’s school district $2.1 million for its turnaround plan

One of the nation’s largest philanthropic foundations has given Atlanta’s school district $2.1 million for its turnaround plan. The Walton Family Foundation and the school district made the announcement Thursday. The money will be used for three main areas, according to a news release. They are: to evaluate how the school district works to improve low-performing schools. to create APS...
Dade County cancels class as flu surges in Georgia

Dade County cancels class as flu surges in Georgia

Dade County Schools cancelled class Thursday and Friday after 20 percent of students called in sick, making Dade the second North Georgia school district this year to close due to outbreaks of influenza and norovirus.  Dade Middle School was missing 42 percent of its students on Wednesday.  “The event that really I think accelerated the virus or flu was a dance that...
Schools likely to follow their own guidelines after Trump transgender ruling

Schools likely to follow their own guidelines after Trump transgender ruling

State and local education officials said Thursday the Trump administration’s decision to restrict transgender students from using their preferred restrooms and locker rooms will have little impact on their current guidelines. Georgia Education Department officials referred The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to part of a letter state Superintendent Richard Woods sent to district superintendents ...
Two Georgia districts make “fiscally disadvantaged” list

Two Georgia districts make “fiscally disadvantaged” list

A new report that tries to identify inadequate school funding says two Georgia school districts -- Clayton and Newton counties -- are among the nation’s 47 most “fiscally disadvantaged.” The report by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Education Law Center argues that states should amend their funding formulas to account for concentrations of poverty...
Website aims to help disadvantaged APS students

Website aims to help disadvantaged APS students

Rebecca Schmitt has a 4.2 grade-point average and is valedictorian at Maynard Jackson High School. But she and her mother, who is disabled, once were evicted from their home in South Florida, Channel 2 Action News reported. Schmitt recalled recently how social workers helped her get ready for the prom. So Schmitt can relate to a new website, Purposity, that aims to connect students with needs...
Mother outraged after teacher gives son 'crystal meth assignment'

Mother outraged after teacher gives son 'crystal meth assignment'

A drama teacher's controversial class assignment has stirred up anger among parents in Canada.Delight Greenidge told the CBC that she was shocked when she saw the drama class assignment given to her 13-year-old son.
Gwinnett school board approves performance-based teacher pay plan

Gwinnett school board approves performance-based teacher pay plan

Gwinnett County school board members voted Thursday in favor of a new teacher compensation plan they hope will keep more teachers in the district, attract new ones and reward its best educators. The first phase of the plan is scheduled to begin in August. Annual performance, evaluated by the teacher’s administrators, will determine whether that teacher will move to the next pay grade, or what...
Debate begins on new proposal to turn around failing schools

Debate begins on new proposal to turn around failing schools

As Georgia lawmakers considered a new proposal Thursday for turning around chronically failing schools, critics called it a reincarnation of Amendment 1, which voters turned down in November. Amendment 1 would have let the state take over such schools and place them in a statewide Opportunity School District. Chairman of the House Transportation Committee Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville, presented...
Georiga lawmakers look to better serve children of service members

Georiga lawmakers look to better serve children of service members

The Georgia House Education Committee approved two bills Thursday to better serve the educational needs of military families. State Rep. Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, presented House Bills 148 and 224 to the committee as part of an effort to make Georgia more hospitable to the military. Georgia’s economy relies heavily on the military, which may close bases in the state, Belton said...
Mass student absences in Gwinnett County on day of national immigration protest

Mass student absences in Gwinnett County on day of national immigration protest

Many Gwinnett County public school parents apparently heeded a call Thursday to keep their children out of school to protest Trump administration immigration policies. About one-third of Gwinnett County’s public schools had more than 10 percent of their students absent, school district officials reported. The schools with the highest percentage of absences were in schools that are majority...
Usher, Tyler Perry and others honored at Morehouse College anniversary event

Usher, Tyler Perry and others honored at Morehouse College anniversary event

Morehouse College will honor entertainment heavyweights Tyler Perry, Usher and Jon Platt as part of its 29th annual student scholarship event “A Candle in the Dark.” The Gala is the signature event of Founder’s Week at Morehouse College, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. It be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta at 265 Peachtree Street N.E. The three will get Candle Awards...
Guest opinion: New school takeover plan,  like the old one, an unwanted power grab

Guest opinion: New school takeover plan,  like the old one, an unwanted power grab

Last Election Day, Georgia voters rejected Gov. Deal’s first school takeover push by a vote of roughly 60 to 40 percent. Teachers, parents and public education supporters from all political, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds banded together to tell the governor that we will not be silenced by Amendment 1.  The school takeover defeat should have shown the governor and...
Van hits Gwinnett County school bus, school officials say

Van hits Gwinnett County school bus, school officials say

A van struck a Gwinnett County school bus Wednesday afternoon, school district officials said. Fourteen Peachtree Ridge High School students were on the bus, but none were seriously injured, said district spokesman Bernard Watson. The incident occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. at Sugarloaf Parkway and Meadow Church Road, near the Infinite Energy Center, officials said. A Ford van struck the school...
ESPLOST helps metro Atlanta schools more than others, study finds

ESPLOST helps metro Atlanta schools more than others, study finds

The special purpose local option sales tax for education (ESPLOST) has paid for school capital projects across the state, but metro Atlanta schools benefit more than rural Georgia districts, a new study shows. Since 1996, school districts have been able to ask voters to approve a 1 cent sales tax to fund costly projects, like constructing new schools and purchasing instructional technology. In...
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