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66-year-old Spelman College dorm to undergo renovations this summer

For the past 66 years, scores of Spelman College students have stayed in a four-story, brick building that resembles a big house. But when the dorm residents enter the old building in August, they’ll be met with some fresh 2017 updates. Winter Spaces, a division of Winter Construction, is renovating the 31,472-square foot Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall, according to a news release. Renovations...


Girl Scouts can now get a badge in cybersecurity

Girl Scouts can now get a badge in cybersecurity

There are a ton of badges girl scouts can attach to their vests. But the organization is now adding one dedicated to fighting computer crime to the collection. Girl Scouts of the USA and Palo Altho Networks, a security company, have teamed up to introduce a series of cybersecurity badges for girls K-12.   The goal is to expose young ladies to opportunities in STEM, such as careers in science...
Madison, Warren counties praised for charter school innovation

Madison, Warren counties praised for charter school innovation

The school districts for Madison and Warren counties are the winners of this year’s recognition for charter system performance. The 4,900-student Madison County School System near Athens won the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s leadership award, and the 600-student Warren County School District near Augusta won for system of the year. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who pushed the 2007 legislation...
Will Atlanta taxpayers see higher school tax bills?

Will Atlanta taxpayers see higher school tax bills?

Atlanta school district officials had hoped that rising property values would mean the school district could collect more than $20 million more from taxpayers this year without raising the district’s tax rate. But with Fulton County commissioners’ decision Wednesday to freeze property values this year, school district leaders are facing some hard choices. The Atlanta school board...
Sex ed complaints arise again, this time in Gwinnett

Sex ed complaints arise again, this time in Gwinnett

Talking about sex in Georgia’s public schools is no easy chore, many metro Atlanta school districts have learned. Gwinnett County is the latest school district facing scrutiny about some of what’s taught in its sex ed classes. About two dozen parents, students and former students came to last week’s school board meeting, with some saying during the public comments portion that one...
Atlanta high schools to offer new IB program

Atlanta high schools to offer new IB program

Two Atlanta high schools will now offer programs that combine rigorous academics with career and technology education. Jackson High School and North Atlanta High School will add the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme to their existing International Baccalaureate, or IB, programs. The new program is for students who want to focus on “career-related” learning...
Kennesaw State to hold ‘campus carry’ info sessions before law’s start

Kennesaw State to hold ‘campus carry’ info sessions before law’s start

Kennesaw State University legal affairs staff and police officers will answer questions of faculty, students and staff Thursday and outline the statewide “campus carry” gun measure set to begin July 1. The school will hold information sessions on both KSU campuses about how the law, which allows people with permits to carry concealed weapons on the grounds of public institutions...
As feds consider Medicaid cuts, state pursues $48 million for school nurses

As feds consider Medicaid cuts, state pursues $48 million for school nurses

Georgia health officials may go after $48.6 million in federal health care funding for schools even as threatened Medicaid cuts in the Obamacare replacement could undermine school budgets. The Department of Community Health board will vote next month on a plan to harness Medicaid to pay for more nurses in schools. The agency, working with state school Superintendent Richard Woods, realized...
Poverty: now there’s an app for that

Poverty: now there’s an app for that

A Duluth high school student saw a news program about homeless children, and instead of changing the channel he decided to help. Four years and thousands of dollars later, Jack Griffin has developed a free online service that links the hungry with food.  Griffin was a student at Peachtree Ridge High School when he saw a 60 Minutes report that moved him: a family...
Conservative group praises Georgia for charter school legislation

Conservative group praises Georgia for charter school legislation

The American Conservative Union is praising Georgia lawmakers for several bills passed this year, including one to help charter schools. The ACU lauded that school legislation and bills on other issues, from preventing an increase to the minimum wage to requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to keep a website listing convicts who are undocumented immigrants and released from incarceration...
How to register your child for Atlanta Public Schools

How to register your child for Atlanta Public Schools

Students can register for Atlanta Public Schools starting today. The district’s centralized registration process is open to  new kindergarten students, students who have moved to another residence in Atlanta and rising sixth-grade and rising-ninth grade students who missed earlier registration periods. The process is mandatory for students entering middle and high school for the coming...
Gwinnett school board members name high school after county legend

Gwinnett school board members name high school after county legend

Gwinnett County school board members decided Thursday to name a high school under construction in the Norcross area after Paul Duke, who died in 2009. The school will specialize in teaching students about science, technology, engineering and math. It will be located at 5850 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. and open in August 2018. Here are five things to know about Duke. “The Father of Peachtree Corners&rdquo...
Atlanta principal-teacher affairs make school improvement even tougher

Atlanta principal-teacher affairs make school improvement even tougher

Improving high-poverty schools that have struggled for years is tough enough, but Atlanta has seen another factor making the task even more difficult: sexual misconduct among school leaders. Three Atlanta school principals have resigned in the past three years after being accused of sexual relationships with teachers at their schools. All of the relationships took place at some of the state&rsquo...
Gwinnett County student gets national leadership award

Gwinnett County student gets national leadership award

A Gwinnett County high school student was a recipient last week of an inaugural national honor for his leadership efforts. Brookwood High School student Matthew Lescota was selected to be the student from Georgia to receive a Billy Michal Student Leadership Award. The awards, handed out for the first time, were given to Lescota and others during the American Spirit Awards, held in New Orleans...
Morehouse president memorialized for his efforts to help students

Morehouse president memorialized for his efforts to help students

Bill Taggart, the interim president of Morehouse College, was memorialized Friday for his many roles such as a father, son, banker, business leader, academic, and even DJ. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the college Friday to “celebrate, remember and give thanks” to Taggart, 55, who died on June 8 from an aneurysm in his Atlanta home. Taggart, also a longtime business and civic leader...
DeKalb Schools: Email us with operating budget concerns

DeKalb Schools: Email us with operating budget concerns

The DeKalb County School District says community members with concerns about its annual operating budget can email the district to get those concerns heard.  The announcement comes via press release four days after the final public hearing on the $1 billion budget. District officials did not make the detailed budget available until just before the last of two public hearings on the document...
AUC library celebrates Tupac Shakur with rare archive 

AUC library celebrates Tupac Shakur with rare archive 

Every library is stocked with books of all types, but the AUC Woodruff Library has something special to offer: an exclusive Tupac Shakur archive. The index, which includes original handwritten manuscripts, writings from his diary, song lyrics and other personal items, was handed over to the library in 2009 by the artist’s mother, Afeni Shakur.  “The collection includes more than...
Gwinnett County school board says charter school application needs more work

Gwinnett County school board says charter school application needs more work

Gwinnett County school board members Thursday evening denied an application for a Korean-English dual language charter school. The school board gave the applicants the options to revise its plans and try again. School district officials said the proposed Yi Hwang Academy of Philosophy, Art and Science needed more work. Concerns with the application included: it needed more clarity about how they would...
Parents, students criticize Gwinnett County group’s sex education teaching

Parents, students criticize Gwinnett County group’s sex education teaching

About two dozen Gwinnett County parents and students asked school board members Thursday evening to apply greater oversight over a Lawrenceville-based organization’s sex education training. The students and parents say the Pregnancy Resource Center of Gwinnett has used crude measures and outdated beliefs to encourage abstinence. “I ask that you stand with me and don’t let anyone...
Residents DeKalb school will displace worry about finding new homes

Residents DeKalb school will displace worry about finding new homes

The DeKalb County School District approved an $8.2 million land acquisition at 3630 Shallowford Road to build an elementary school to take the strain off two overcrowded schools in the Cross Keys cluster, along the Buford Highway corridor. Ironically, the move will add stress to many families whose students would use the school. Some residents of the apartment complex currently at the site say...
Georgia takes first step in school turnaround plan

Georgia takes first step in school turnaround plan

Georgia took its first step toward possible takeover of the state’s lowest-performing schools on Thursday when a newly created advisory group met with the governor’s education board for the first time to begin looking for a turnaround leader. The 11-member Education Turnaround Advisory Council is tasked with advising the Georgia Board of Education as it searches for someone to implement...
Georgia writes school plan under new federal law

Georgia writes school plan under new federal law

The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public comment about its plans for implementing the new federal education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill signed by President Barack Obama in December 2015, ended an era of high-stakes test mandates from Washington under the previous No Child Left Behind Act. The new approach gives states more control over education policy...
Brad Pitt, Michael B. Jordan sign on to Atlanta school cheating movie

Brad Pitt, Michael B. Jordan sign on to Atlanta school cheating movie

Michael B. Jordan will star in a movie about the test cheating scandal that resulted in criminal convictions for 11 former Atlanta educators and Brad Pitt will be one of the producers, Deadline Hollywood reports. The movie will focus on Parks Middle School, one of dozens of Atlanta schools where educators cheated on the state tests Georgia students take each year in an effort to meet...
Atlanta school officials: Freezing Fulton County property values will hurt kids

Atlanta school officials: Freezing Fulton County property values will hurt kids

Freezing Fulton County property values could lead to significant cuts in Atlanta schools, Atlanta Public Schools officials said Wednesday Their comments came the day before the Fulton County Board of Assessors is scheduled to consider rescinding new property value assessments that for many residents are sharp increases over the previous year. Half of all values are up by 20...
About 1,000 people expected to attend memorial service for Morehouse College president

About 1,000 people expected to attend memorial service for Morehouse College president

An estimated 1,000 family members, friends, business, political and civil rights leaders and others are expected to attend Friday’s memorial service for Morehouse College’s interim president William “Bill” Taggart. The public memorial service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, located on the college’s campus, 830...
APS superintendent Carstarphen appointed to state “turnaround” panel

APS superintendent Carstarphen appointed to state “turnaround” panel

The leader of Atlanta Public Schools will have a formal say in Georgia’s new turnaround effort for low-performing schools. Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Wednesday named APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen to the state’s new Education Turnaround Advisory Council. The group meets for the first time Thursday with the Georgia Board of Education to begin the process of hiring a Chief...
DeKalb Schools buys property for new school; hundreds at Doraville complex to be displaced

DeKalb Schools buys property for new school; hundreds at Doraville complex to be displaced

The DeKalb County School District late Monday approved the purchase of a Doraville apartment complex, where officials hope to build a new elementary school to alleviate overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster of schools. The purchase of 3630 Shallowford Road will displace dozens of families in the 104-unit Shallowford Garden Apartments, giving them until the end of August to find new housing....
Georgia to begin working on lowest-performing schools

Georgia to begin working on lowest-performing schools

State education leaders will take their first step Thursday toward intervening in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools. The First Priority Act, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in April, establishes the office of a Chief Turnaround Officer, who will target schools and determine how to intervene. That officer has not yet been hired. He or she will report to the Georgia Board of Education, which must...
Betsy DeVos: School choice should extend beyond charter schools

Betsy DeVos: School choice should extend beyond charter schools

Speaking at a national gathering of charter school advocates today, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos warned them not to become another education bureaucracy resistant to innovation and other forms of school choice. “No one has a monopoly on innovation. No one has a monopoly on creativity. No one has a monopoly on knowing how every child learns,” said DeVos at the National Alliance...
Georgia names 2018 teacher of the year

Georgia names 2018 teacher of the year

John R. Tibbetts, an economics teacher from Worth County High School in Sylvester, is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. The United States Military Academy graduate served 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including service in Desert Storm. He also earned a master’s degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and worked in the private sector before deciding he...
Director of Marietta school “success” center retires

Director of Marietta school “success” center retires

Leigh Colburn, the founder of the new Graduate Marietta Student Success Center, is retiring from Marietta City Schools, which will be searching for a new center director. It might seem a contradiction, but Colburn said she can do more for the center -- and for spreading the concept across the state -- as an independent operator. “Since I’m guaranteed a retirement salary, I can be...
UNG upholds student’s suspension over restroom photo

UNG upholds student’s suspension over restroom photo

A University of North Georgia cadet suspended for taking an embarrassing photo of a school official will spend two semesters out of class. Dante Harris had appealed his suspension and asked to be allowed back into school in the fall, but the school upheld the punishment and informed Harris late last week. He can go back to class next January. Harris, who is away doing National Guard training, could...
Atlanta celebrates 100-year old lunch lady

Atlanta celebrates 100-year old lunch lady

Gladys Cornelius celebrated her 100th birthday in sequins and heels and with an official proclamation naming June 5 in honor of Cornelius, who served lunch to thousands of Atlanta school children over the years. The Atlanta school board recognized Cornelius, a school nutrition employee at Collier Heights Elementary School, Douglass High School and the former Harper High School for 15 years, for her...
DeKalb Schools board to vote on 2017-2018 budget that has not been shared with public

DeKalb Schools board to vote on 2017-2018 budget that has not been shared with public

The DeKalb County Board of Education is expected to vote today for a $1 billion budget for the 2017-2018 school year, though a detailed spending report had not been publicly released before the scheduled discussion and vote. The budget for the upcoming school year includes a tax increase for DeKalb County residents and increased spending on administrative positions. Residents are allowed to...
Atlanta school superintendent says don’t freeze property assessments

Atlanta school superintendent says don’t freeze property assessments

Residents are pleading with Fulton County officials to rescind property value assessments that would mean big increases in their tax bills.  But Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen says freezing assessments is the wrong move. "Public agencies have mandatory costs that must be covered, and in a city like Atlanta that is seeing growth, there should be at least some corresponding...
Five things to know about Morehouse’s acting president

Five things to know about Morehouse’s acting president

Morehouse College officials named Michael Hodge the school’s acting president after Thursday’s death of its interim president, Bill Taggart. A public memorial service for Taggart is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Morehouse’s Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel, 830 Westview Dr. SW in Atlanta. Here are five things to know about Hodge, according to his Morehouse College bio...
Latest DeKalb PTA fracas comes as state organization is on probation

Latest DeKalb PTA fracas comes as state organization is on probation

Georgia’s PTA, under pressure to get its affairs under control, now must contend with a quarrel over the outcome of elections for a local leadership post. Two people claim they won the same directorship over a three-county PTA district in elections on different dates that were called by competing factions. This latest conflict reveals ongoing discord in an organization already under a microscope...
DeKalb school board takes first vote on $1 billon budget

DeKalb school board takes first vote on $1 billon budget

The DeKalb County Board of Education had its first vote on a $1 billion budget planned for the 2017-2018 school year, though most of the public has yet to see specific details of how the money will be spent. The board plans to approve the final budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1, on June 27. The budget includes increased spending for administrative positions and calls for a tax increase...
Feds: DeKalb man stole identities of college students with FAFSA data

Feds: DeKalb man stole identities of college students with FAFSA data

A Doraville man is accused of running an elaborate operation to steal the identities of college students by using a tool on federal financial aid websites. Taiwo K. Onamuti, 29, and co-defendant Muideen A. Adebule, 49, of Indianapolis, Indiana, were indicted on 23 federal charges, Indianapolis U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced this week. The Department of Education and IRS removed the data retrieval...
Top Atlanta school official resigns, fights release of background report

Top Atlanta school official resigns, fights release of background report

The Atlanta school district official in charge of the district's expensive and ambitious plan to remake the city's schools resigned last month and is fighting to keep a report investigating his background secret. Former Chief of Schools and Academics Donyall Dickey had been expected to leave Atlanta this spring to become superintendent of the Portland, Oregon, schools. He was Portland&rsquo...
Kids can get free lunch all summer at these Gwinnett library branches

Kids can get free lunch all summer at these Gwinnett library branches

Kids can get free lunch all summer at four Gwinnett County Public Library branches. The free meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buford, Norcross, Snellville and Lawrenceville branches. The lunches are made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service program, designed to help low-income children have easier access...
12 Cobb students win college-sponsored National Merit scholarships

12 Cobb students win college-sponsored National Merit scholarships

A dozen students from schools in Cobb County were awarded with college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships on Wednesday. Students will receive between $500 and $2,000 per year every year of their undergraduate studies, according to National Merit’s website. These scholarships differ from the regular National Merit awards because they are funded by universities. This year, 182 institutions...
Bill Taggart, 55: Morehouse officer succeeded in more than business

Bill Taggart, 55: Morehouse officer succeeded in more than business

The basement of Bill Taggart’s home is a shrine to two of his many passions, Atlanta sports and music. Autographed pictures of sports legends collected through the years line the walls, along with pennants from every hometown team from the Atlanta Chiefs to Braves. Record albums collected starting in his college disc jockeying days run floor to ceiling. “He was a Renaissance man,&rdquo...
Social media reacts to death of Morehouse president 

Social media reacts to death of Morehouse president 

On Thursday, news of the death of Morehouse College’s interim president, Bill Taggart, rocked the Atlanta community. Officials have confirmed that Taggart, 55, died of an aneurysm. In addition to the outpouring of grief across the Morehouse campus, social media buzzed with condolences for the Taggart family. Politicians, students, and community members took to Twitter to memorialize Taggart...
Morehouse leadership search goes on after interim president’s sudden death

Morehouse leadership search goes on after interim president’s sudden death

Morehouse College’s effort to bring stability to its campus took a surprisingly sad turn Thursday when it announced its interim president, Bill Taggart, has died. Taggart was named interim president in April after the board of trustees removed John Silvanus Wilson and its board leadership after constant rancor between them. Taggart, 55, died of an aneurysm, a spokesman for the college&rsquo...
Survey: Georgia students interested in careers in STEM, the military and acting 

Survey: Georgia students interested in careers in STEM, the military and acting 

So what do Georgia’s youth want to do when they grow up? They’re very interested in careers in the medical industry, the military and acting. Those are the results of a recently released survey by the Boy Scouts of America for sixth through 12th graders. About 10,000 Georgia students responded. In the Peach State, nearly half of the students were interested in careers in science, math...
Controversial participant prompts doubts about civics study panel

Controversial participant prompts doubts about civics study panel

A committee of state lawmakers created to study civics education in Georgia’s public schools is being viewed with skepticism by some before it starts its work, thanks to the recent selection of a committee member who’s made controversial statements on slavery and the Civil War. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, named Rep...
Clayton superintendent reorganizes district administration

Clayton superintendent reorganizes district administration

The next school superintendent in Clayton County is reorganizing the district administration, with four deputy superintendents who will alternate as second in command.  Morcease Beasley, a former DeKalb County School District administrator, was hired by Clayton County Public Schools last summer as chief improvement officer. This spring, after a nationwide search, the Clayton school board named...
No summer recess for some Gwinnett County students and teachers

No summer recess for some Gwinnett County students and teachers

About 1,500 Gwinnett County public school students and 700 teachers have been back at school during the last two weeks, learning from each other math principles they will make them better for the next school year. The students and teachers are participants in the school district’s Math Institute, an annual initiative the school district says reinforces what students learned during the school...
Atlanta school board members file ethics complaint against fellow board member

Atlanta school board members file ethics complaint against fellow board member

Eight members of the Atlanta school board filed an ethics complaint against the board’s ninth member Tuesday, claiming board member Leslie Grant shared confidential information about a multimillion-dollar real estate deal with a potential buyer. Grant is accused of telling WonderRoot, a community arts organization seeking to purchase the former Hubert Elementary School building on Memorial...
Mayor Reed, Agnes Scott sign onto pledge to uphold Paris climate agreement

Mayor Reed, Agnes Scott sign onto pledge to uphold Paris climate agreement

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the president of Agnes Scott College are among more than 1,000 U.S. mayors, governors, university presidents and business leaders who have pledged to meet the U.S.’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. Reed and Agnes Scott president Elizabeth Kiss signed onto the...
Atlanta school board: Superintendent keeping local schools on the right track

Atlanta school board: Superintendent keeping local schools on the right track

Atlanta school superintendent Meria Carstarphen is keeping the district on the right track, Atlanta school board chair Courtney English said Monday night after the board's formal evaluation of her performance. The board conducted its evaluation of Carstarphen behind closed doors, the practice for most Georgia school districts. After the private evaluation, English summarized the board's assessment...
Gwinnett County kindergarten students learn words with the help of Sesame Street & IBM

Gwinnett County kindergarten students learn words with the help of Sesame Street & IBM

IBM and the Sesame Network believe they have created the industry’s first vocabulary learning app for kindergarten students, and credit some Gwinnett County pupils for assisting in its development. The companies distributed a news release early Tuesday announcing a recent pilot program conducted in Gwinnett that studied how 150 students learned words like “amplify,” “camouflage...
Atlanta school board says no to rapper Pitbull's new charter school

Atlanta school board says no to rapper Pitbull's new charter school

The Atlanta school board voted Monday evening to reject applications from three new charter schools looking to open in the city, including one with ties to the rapper Pitbull.  The schools include SLAM Academy, part of a growing network of charter schools focused on sports supported by Pitbull; Atlanta Schools of the Arts; and Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology, which would...
Academy Award-nominated actor John Malkovich delivers SCAD commencement address

Academy Award-nominated actor John Malkovich delivers SCAD commencement address

For his first college commencement address, John Malkovich couldn’t have picked an institution more suited to someone of his talents than the Savannah College of Art and Design. The actor, director and producer spoke Saturday at the SCAD graduation at the Georgia World Congress Center. Malkovich is known for his stage and screen work but he is also a fashion model and a menswear designer. If...
2 taken to hospital after DeKalb apartment fire

2 taken to hospital after DeKalb apartment fire

Two people were taken to hospitals after an apartment fire Saturday morning in Brookhaven, according to DeKalb County fire officials. The fire was in the 3600 block of Buford Highway, officials said. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Victim of apt �� in Brookhaven describes his roommate's...
Teen writes Yale essay about love for pizza, gets accepted

Teen writes Yale essay about love for pizza, gets accepted

Applying to an Ivy League school can be a daunting task for any high school senior. To make it more fun, a teen from Brentwood, Tennessee, wrote about her love of pizza in one of the essays she wrote for her application to Yale University. ABC News reported that when Carolina Williams found out she was accepted into the New Haven, Connecticut, school in March, she received notes from the university's...
The $833 billion albatross around the necks of women with college degrees

The $833 billion albatross around the necks of women with college degrees

The burden of student debt is having an outsize effect on women, who now hold nearly two-thirds of the $1.3 trillion in outstanding education loans, according to a report from the American Association of University Women. "It's important to understand all of the challenges facing women in the United States, and in terms of their economic well-being, student debt is a big one," said Kevin...
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