Education


Georgia’s new school fixer says districts must do the work

Eric Thomas is swaying his head from side to side, his expression seeming to telegraph an answer. The question was: Should school districts worry about him? On Nov. 16, the longtime Cincinnati resident and educator became Georgia’s first school “turnaround” chief. His job is to select low-performing schools for attention and send “coaches” to help them. Then, if things...


Free program for Atlanta teachers kicks off during college football championship

Free program for Atlanta teachers kicks off during college football championship

Metro Atlanta teachers can register for free programs during the weekend of the College Football Playoff National Championship. While the big football game will be played Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the College Football Playoff Foundation will host its Extra Yard for Teachers Summit and lounge on Jan. 6 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Building A. Presenters at the summit include Atlanta...
APS up $1.2 million above projections in first week of Fulton tax collection

APS up $1.2 million above projections in first week of Fulton tax collection

Some Fulton County taxpayers must have been listening when cash-starved Atlanta Public Schools asked them to pay up as soon as possible. About 1,200 school district employees were furloughed Monday and Tuesday in an effort to save money while the district waits for revenue to come in from Fulton tax bills, which were sent out earlier in early November after a months-long delay.  APS officials...
Clark Atlanta University increases security in wake of robberies

Clark Atlanta University increases security in wake of robberies

Clark Atlanta University is stepping up security measures after several students reported being robbed in recent weeks, its president announced Monday. The immediate changes include campus police being on the grounds more frequently and Atlanta Police Department officers doing mounted patrols, CAU president Ronald A. Johnson wrote in a two-page letter to students and staff. CAU has also created...
Atlanta college lays off 18 employees

Atlanta college lays off 18 employees

Atlanta Metropolitan State College laid off 18 employees Wednesday as part of recent cost-cutting measures, officials said. The job cuts included five faculty positions. College officials said they’ve previously frozen hiring and delayed the purchase and repair of equipment to save money. College officials said they’ve had to cut expenses due to a recent enrollment decline. The college&rsquo...
Emory, Georgia Tech students selected as Rhodes scholars

Emory, Georgia Tech students selected as Rhodes scholars

Two students at Georgia universities have been selected for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, the Rhodes Trust announced this weekend. An Emory University student from Lithonia was selected, the university announced Saturday evening. Chelsea Jackson, a double-major in political science and African-American studies, will study at the University of Oxford in England. She is the fourth woman...
This Life with Gracie: Druid Hills Fulbright scholar headed to Greece

This Life with Gracie: Druid Hills Fulbright scholar headed to Greece

At the end of another school day early this month, I met Vincent Gray again in the teacher’s lounge at Druid Hills High School. It was the second time in just two years. The first time, a parent had reached out to tell me what a great teacher Gray is, the kind that not only teaches students facts, but how to think critically. After just six years at Druid Hills, Gray, who earned a master&rsquo...
17 Atlanta school police admit test cheating, investigator finds

17 Atlanta school police admit test cheating, investigator finds

Atlanta Public Schools is dealing with another cheating investigation. A quarter of the police officers in the district’s recently sworn-in force admitted receiving answers on a state-administered test. Disciplinary proceedings are coming for at least 18 employees. One dispatcher allegedly fed answers to 17 officers while they took the open-book, 30-question, multiple-choice exam. Police Chief...
Gwinnett teacher quits after alleged ‘inappropriate’ texts to student

Gwinnett teacher quits after alleged ‘inappropriate’ texts to student

A Mill Creek High School teacher has resigned after being accused of sending “inappropriate” text messages to an 18-year-old student. Danny Thetford resigned from his position as a science teacher at Mill Creek on Nov. 16, citing personal reasons, said district spokesman Bernard Watson. Thetford was employed with the district for 15 years and taught science at Mill Creek for 12 years...
Emory University to offer free tuition to some students from Puerto Rico

Emory University to offer free tuition to some students from Puerto Rico

Emory University announced Friday it will allow nearly three dozen eligible students who’ve had their studies interrupted by last summer’s hurricane damage to Puerto Rico to study here for free next semester. The 32 students will also receive application fee waivers and expedited processing. Those accepted will be able to enroll in credit-bearing courses for spring 2018, enabling them...
Gwinnett adding fall break in 2018-2019 school year

Gwinnett adding fall break in 2018-2019 school year

Gwinnett County Public Schools students will have an extra break next school year: The district has added a five-day fall break in October for the 2018-2019 school year. Here are some key dates for Gwinnett students and parents to know: The first day of school will be Aug. 6. Fall Break will be Oct. 4-9. Classes are cancelled for Election Day, Nov. 6. Thanksgiving Break will be Nov. 19-23. Winter...
7 APS campuses ranked among best in Georgia for student success

7 APS campuses ranked among best in Georgia for student success

Seven Atlanta Public Schools were recognized for generating some of the best student achievement statewide in 2017, Governor Nathan Deal announced Friday.  The 2017 Single Statewide Accountability System awards is a listing of Georgia schools that have exhibited high student performance or academic growth. It’s measured by the College and Career Ready Performance Index from the three most...
Georgia college students score victories in free speech battles

Georgia college students score victories in free speech battles

Chike Uzuegbunam found surprise allies in his legal battle with Georgia Gwinnett College over where he could evangelize on campus about his Christian faith: a state representative and the attorney general of the United States. College authorities muzzled Uzuegbunam, saying he didn’t follow their rules for speaking on campus, such as asking permission three days in advance. He sued. A state representative...
Georgia Board of Regents looks to logistics to grow educational opportunities

Georgia Board of Regents looks to logistics to grow educational opportunities

University System of Georgia officials discussed Wednesday how helping students improve their expertise in logistics may help the state in a growing segment of the economy. Dalton State College officials gave a presentation about its bachelor of business administration degree in logistics and supply chain management, suggesting they’re in a prime area for such economic development because of...
Twist ending in Atlanta school board race sets up Dec. 5 runoff 

Twist ending in Atlanta school board race sets up Dec. 5 runoff 

In the days after the Nov. 7 election, Atlanta school board candidate John Wright wanted to launch his runoff campaign. But on Wednesday afternoon, Wright said he learned he wouldn’t be battling on Dec. 5 for the at-large District 7 post after all.  Official election results from DeKalb and Fulton counties show Patricia Crayton edged past Wright by 27 votes to snag the second spot...
Father: DeKalb Schools slow to act after son’s assault by instructor

Father: DeKalb Schools slow to act after son’s assault by instructor

A Lakeside High School parent says he is furious that the DeKalb County School District has not acted after allegations that a JROTC instructor choked his son during an out-of-state field trip. William Bedor said the instructor has not missed a day of school because of the investigation, and is still allowed to interact with his teen. School district officials said the instructor has not...
Sweet video alert: Footage of Spelman student telling fellow classmates they’re beautiful goes viral

Sweet video alert: Footage of Spelman student telling fellow classmates they’re beautiful goes viral

One Spelman College student is spreading some positivity on her campus with a viral video that celebrates the beauty of black women. Eva Dickerson, a junior at the all-women’s HBCU, recently created a video where she roamed the school telling girls they were beautiful. In the nearly two-minute clip, she stopped classmates to ask them one question: “Did you know that you’re beautiful?&rdquo...
State school board member elected to national organization

State school board member elected to national organization

State school board member Kevin Boyd will have a seat at a national table after winning election to the board of an education leadership organization. The member of the Georgia Board of Education will represent the southern region on the National Association of State Boards of Education, the organization announced Wednesday. The Gainesville resident runs a family business, has two children in public...
Georgia college students, activists protest tuition policy

Georgia college students, activists protest tuition policy

A group of veteran civil rights activists and more than a dozen students appealed Wednesday to the Georgia Board of Regents to change policies they say discriminate against immigrant students without legal status. The demonstrators want the board to remove a policy that bars those students from paying the less expensive in-state tuition in the University System of Georgia. The state Court of Appeals ...
Fifth-grade APS dress-code crusader: Clothes are not ‘distraction’

Fifth-grade APS dress-code crusader: Clothes are not ‘distraction’

Two Atlanta fifth-grade girls who want to wear leggings to school are trying to change the student dress code, which bans “extremely tight” and “distracting” clothing. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday reviewed potential changes to its decade-old policy that would emphasize that clothing rules must be consistently and equitably enforced. The board’s policy review...
Five things to know about UGA report on economic impact of black colleges

Five things to know about UGA report on economic impact of black colleges

The United Negro College Fund, with research by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth, released a report Tuesday on the economic impact of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities. The report was based on the country’s 101 accredited HBCUs. Nine of those institutions are in Georgia. Here are five interesting pieces of data from the report...
Warrant: After raping woman in dorm, KSU student texted to apologize

Warrant: After raping woman in dorm, KSU student texted to apologize

A police warrant details the alleged rape by a Kennesaw State University student of a woman on campus earlier this month. The warrant says Benjamin David Wainscott, of Alpharetta, told police he ignored the woman telling him “stop” and he texted her after to apologize. Police wrote that he invited the woman to dinner and afterward to his dorm room, which is where he allegedly attacked...
It’s complex: Experts both extol, criticize Georgia’s education plan

It’s complex: Experts both extol, criticize Georgia’s education plan

Georgia’s education plan is getting mixed reviews from expert observers as the state awaits its approval by the federal government. Gov. Nathan Deal disliked state Superintendent Richard Woods’ proposal so much that he refused to sign it. The 111-page plan is being praised and criticized in two early reviews by national education organizations. One calls it among the best in the nation...
Atlanta schools change recess rules

Atlanta schools change recess rules

Atlanta teachers can no longer ground a student from recess for disciplinary reasons. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved updates to a pair of policies that provide guidance on recess. Among the biggest changes is the district’s decision to forbid teachers from disciplining students by withholding recess.  The final version of the approved policy also allows unstructured...
Spelman faculty join #WeKnowWhatYouDid campaign

Spelman faculty join #WeKnowWhatYouDid campaign

More than 60 Spelman College faculty members signed a letter distributed Monday supporting a student-led effort to stop sexual assault and harassment on the Atlanta campus. Spelman, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University students last week began a campaign on social media with the hashtag #WeKnowWhatYouDid urging students to share information about individuals who’ve hurt others and...
Forsyth County parents seek delay to school redistricting plan

Forsyth County parents seek delay to school redistricting plan

A group of parents filed a lawsuit to delay a school redistricting plan they say will send some high school students to a school several miles farther than two closer high schools. The parent group, Citizens for Common Sense, also claims Forsyth County Schools’ Redistricting Committee held secret meetings, never publicizing meeting times or keeping notes from those meetings. “We just object...
Georgia students say tax plan will hurt education

Georgia students say tax plan will hurt education

Georgia college students are mounting a campaign to remove a provision from the federal House Republican tax plan they fear will cause some students to drop out, cause a decline in scientific research productivity and hurt the local economy. The House GOP plan would add a tax onto tuition waivers that graduate and doctoral students receive for research work they do on campus. A group of student leaders...
APS to Fulton County taxpayers: Please pay taxes early

APS to Fulton County taxpayers: Please pay taxes early

Atlanta Public Schools officials are asking Fulton County taxpayers for a favor: To pay their tax bills now instead of waiting until the Dec. 31 deadline.  If enough taxpayers answer the call, employees forced to take two furlough days next week will be paid back for those days sooner than expected.  The long-delayed Fulton tax bills were mailed last week following a judge’s order...
Proposed APS dress code calls for modesty, fair enforcement

Proposed APS dress code calls for modesty, fair enforcement

Students still can’t wear super-tight clothing under proposed changes to the Atlanta Public Schools’ dress code, but suggested policy revisions make it clear that rule enforcement should be “consistent and equitable.” The Atlanta Board of Education is scheduled to consider updates to the policy Monday, before deciding final approval at a later meeting. In recent months, students...
Immigration stories from Atlanta slated for new book

Immigration stories from Atlanta slated for new book

The teen’s story was too compelling to be left on the cutting room floor. She’d come to the United States from Guatemala earlier this year as a 15-year-old, her 4-month-old child in tow. She traveled to the U.S. border for months, mostly on foot, leaving behind a village with no electricity and little running water. When it came time for the interview, she couldn’t get through it...
DeKalb teacher says incorrect narrative led to her dismissal

DeKalb teacher says incorrect narrative led to her dismissal

A teacher who came under fire after DeKalb County School District officials said they were unaware she was accused of physically abusing students at an Ohio school district is gone. Sandra Meeks-Speller said Friday in a meeting with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was disappointed that what she calls an inaccurate narrative about her career in Ohio cost her a job in Georgia. &ldquo...
Tenn. teacher suspended for video of student’s hijab being ripped off: ‘Lol all that hair covered up’

Tenn. teacher suspended for video of student’s hijab being ripped off: ‘Lol all that hair covered up’

A teacher at the New Vision Academy Charter School in Nashville, Tennessee, was suspended Wednesday after a video circulating on social media of someone removing a student’s religious head scarf was traced back to the educator. According to News 4 in Nashville, the footage was reportedly posted from the teacher’s Snapchat account with the caption “pretty hair.” News...
Meet Gwinnett County’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

Meet Gwinnett County’s 2018 Teacher of the Year

An elementary school science teacher has earned Gwinnett County Public Schools’ top honor. Doug Doblar, of Head Elementary School, is Teacher of the Year for 2018. Doblar was selected out of an initial pool of 138 that was narrowed down to six finalists. Of those finalists, Cheri Nations, a North Gwinnett Middle School STEM teacher, was named Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Amy Crisp...
More Georgia politicians taking sides on anthem protest

More Georgia politicians taking sides on anthem protest

More Georgia politicians are taking sides on protests during the national anthem at football games in light of guidance from the state attorney general’s office that notes constitutional protection for students who take a knee to raise awareness of police misconduct. Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp released a statement Thursday saying while he supports constitutional free speech...
Spelman College announces plan to address student hunger issue

Spelman College announces plan to address student hunger issue

Spelman College and its food service vendor have created a plan to help students who sometimes cannot afford meals, the college announced Thursday. Spelman president Mary Schmidt Campbell released a statement to students and staff that it will help provide 2,000 meals by the end of this year and 7,000 meals next semester to current Spelman students who live off campus and who have a need for...
South Gwinnett High School celebrating 60th anniversary

South Gwinnett High School celebrating 60th anniversary

South Gwinnett High School is holding a weekend-long celebration of its 60th anniversary.  The Snellville school first opened its doors for the 1957-1958 school year. To mark 60 years of education, South Gwinnett will hold nine events, including alumni football, volleyball and kickball games. The celebration has events for both alumni and their families, with a family basketball event and a cookout...
Atlanta University Center students wage social media campaign against sexual assault, harassment on campus 

Atlanta University Center students wage social media campaign against sexual assault, harassment on campus 

Students at Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and Spelman colleges have started a trending social media campaign aimed at stopping sexual assault and harassment on its campuses. The campaign, called #WeKnowWhatYouDid, has resulted in hundreds of Twitter posts demanding a stop to such actions and calls to out offenders. Some signs posted on the campuses accused administrators of protecting rapists...
Falcons great, mascot visiting Gwinnett school for pep rally

Falcons great, mascot visiting Gwinnett school for pep rally

Thanks to students’ good behavior, an Atlanta Falcons great and Freddie Falcon will pay a visit to Arcado Elementary, Gwinnett County Public Schools said. Chuck Smith, a legendary defensive end, will visit the Lilburn school on Friday, accompanied by the Falcons’ mascot. The students earned the visit through Arcado’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program, intended...
Selection of worst-performing Georgia schools is imminent

Selection of worst-performing Georgia schools is imminent

Eric Thomas has not formally started his job as Georgia’s first “chief turnaround officer” for woebegone schools, but he is already at work identifying those he wants to help. Thomas, hired under a new state law, starts work Nov. 16, but in his first business meeting with his new bosses Wednesday he revealed his timeline and criteria for targeting schools. The University of Virginia...
Olens backtracks; KSU to let cheerleaders kneel on field during anthem

Olens backtracks; KSU to let cheerleaders kneel on field during anthem

A group of Kennesaw State University cheerleaders said they felt vindicated Wednesday after president Sam Olens rescinded a controversial change that some worried violated the students’ free-speech rights. “This announcement is a victory for justice and social progress,” the cheerleaders said in a statement. KSU has been under the national microscope since five African-American cheerleaders...
KSU cheerleaders will be back on football field during national anthem

KSU cheerleaders will be back on football field during national anthem

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens announced Wednesday he’s rescinding a controversial change that kept some cheerleaders from kneeling on the football field during the national anthem to protest police misconduct and racial inequality. “While I believe there are more effective ways to initiate an exchange of ideas on issues of national concern, the right to exercise one&rsquo...
Kennesaw State rescinds change that kept cheerleaders off field during national anthem

Kennesaw State rescinds change that kept cheerleaders off field during national anthem

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens announced Wednesday he’s ending a controversial change that kept some cheerleaders from kneeling on the football field during the national anthem to protest police misconduct. KSU has been under the national microscope since five African-American cheerleaders took a knee during the anthem before the football team’s Sept. 30 game and the decision...
Atlanta schools to furlough 1,200 staffers in November 

Atlanta schools to furlough 1,200 staffers in November 

Atlanta Public Schools announced details of a furlough plan that will require about 1,200 employees to take two days off in November, but they’ll be paid back for the days a couple of months later. District officials said the furloughs are necessary because of cash-flow problems caused by delays sending out Fulton County tax bills. Although a judge on Friday ordered the beginning of tax collection...
AJC top teacher Maureen Wales of Fulton goes above beyond for students, past and present

AJC top teacher Maureen Wales of Fulton goes above beyond for students, past and present

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a key trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Lynnette Lindesay of Fulton helps students follow their passion

AJC top teacher Lynnette Lindesay of Fulton helps students follow their passion

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Jim Reason of Gwinnett buoys students in pool and classroom

AJC top teacher Jim Reason of Gwinnett buoys students in pool and classroom

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Kari Parlier of Gwinnett roots for students in and out of classroom

AJC top teacher Kari Parlier of Gwinnett roots for students in and out of classroom

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Tiffany Bunch inspires fellow DeKalb educators

AJC top teacher Tiffany Bunch inspires fellow DeKalb educators

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a critical trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Farhat Ahmad gives Fulton students voice and hope

AJC top teacher Farhat Ahmad gives Fulton students voice and hope

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Angela Gray of Gwinnett created ‘Sunday Socials’ in the park to engage kids

AJC top teacher Angela Gray of Gwinnett created ‘Sunday Socials’ in the park to engage kids

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a common trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
Who got into University of Georgia today?

Who got into University of Georgia today?

From UGA: Nearly 15,000 students applied for early action admission to the University of Georgia’s Class of 2022, bringing record academic qualifications to the birthplace of public higher education. This year more than 8,000 students are being offered early action admission to UGA, and their average GPA of 4.11 reflects their dedication to academic excellence and rigorous...
Pulling both ends of the rope on campus free speech

Pulling both ends of the rope on campus free speech

College students, including those on Georgia campuses, are battling for free speech, challenging school administrators on limits to protests and demonstrations. At the same time, students can be the first in line to try to shut down speakers they don’t like. Witness what happened to Ann Coulter at Berkeley earlier this year. AJC reporter Eric Stirgus, who covered the...
Opinion: Our public schools are better than most Georgians realize

Opinion: Our public schools are better than most Georgians realize

Matt Cardoza is the communications director for the  Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and former spokesman for the state Department of Education where he got to visit schools across Georgia on a regular basis. In this piece, Cardoza says Georgia schools are unfairly labeled as failing. He cites several examples of measurable improvement and...
Was DeKalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?

Was DeKalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?

DeKalb elected officials Nancy and Stan Jester live public lives and often take positions that earn them criticism in their county. She’s a county commissioner; he is a school board member. I assume a thick skin runs in their family, given what they allowed their seventh grader to wear on a school field trip to CNN. Jaxon wore a T-shirt that mocked the network, proclaiming...
Opinion: Only wealthy can afford grad school under House tax plan up for vote today

Opinion: Only wealthy can afford grad school under House tax plan up for vote today

Jenny C. Bledsoe is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in English at Emory University, specializing in medieval literature. She was featured in a New York Times story last week that examined how the GOP House tax plan would impact a range of American students. In this essay, Bledsoe focuses on the change that makes graduate tuition waivers taxable income. The tax plan...
Opinion: School counselors learn to prepare students for all careers

Opinion: School counselors learn to prepare students for all careers

Lee Edmondson Grimes is an associate professor of counseling at Valdosta State University. In this piece, she writes about the expanding role of school counselors in career exploration and development. Grimes notes that school counselors are now trained in advising students about all careers, including technical, trade, apprenticeships, college, and university. By Lee...
Opinion: I opposed school choice until I had a child who needed it

Opinion: I opposed school choice until I had a child who needed it

Attorney Nina Hickson is the former ethics officer for the city of Atlanta. Hickson had a challenging experience finding a school that could meet the needs of her daughter who is dyslexic. In this piece, Hickson explains her conversion from opponent of choice to supporter. By Nina Hickson While it is generally accepted that education is key to upward mobility and the American...
University of Georgia will announce first round of admitted students Friday

University of Georgia will announce first round of admitted students Friday

High school seniors who applied early action to the University of Georgia will find out Friday whether they made the cut, according to the UGA Admissions blog. UGA received nearly 15,000 early action applications.  (The university expects 10,000 regular decision applications, which are due by Jan. 1.) Written by David Graves, UGA senior associate director...
Opinion: Sex ed shouldn’t cast conservative parents as ‘weird minority’

Opinion: Sex ed shouldn’t cast conservative parents as ‘weird minority’

Jane Robbins of Atlanta is an attorney and senior fellow at the American Principles Project, a conservative think tank.​ In this piece, she talks about sex education, focusing on the different programs used in DeKalb and Gwinnett schools. As the AJC reported earlier this year: With that background, here’s the column by Robbins. By Jane Robbins A few Gwinnett parents...
Opinion: Why make it hard for potential parapros to take certification test?

Opinion: Why make it hard for potential parapros to take certification test?

Diane Loupe is a former journalist turned educator. In this piece, she talks about the obstacles in the path of metro residents seeking to take the test to become a classroom paraprofessional. By Diane Loupe If certification is the name of the game to get a job as a paraprofessional in a classroom, then why isn’t the Georgia Assessments for the Certification...
Georgia schools embrace career pathways but are they dead ends?

Georgia schools embrace career pathways but are they dead ends?

Over coffee in Orlando at the Project Lead The Way national summit last month, the nonprofit’s president and CEO Vince Bertram told me about three questions he once asked a gathering of manufacturing managers. Every hand shot up in response to the first two: How many had unfilled jobs and how many had unfilled high-paying jobs? No hands raised in response...
Opinion: Kennesaw State University cheerleaders are kneeling in the stream of history

Opinion: Kennesaw State University cheerleaders are kneeling in the stream of history

A Duke and University of North Carolina graduate, David Parker is a professor of history at Kennesaw State University and has been the department’s assistant chair since August 2009.  Parker teaches classes in Georgia history, the history of American religion, the Gilded Age, and research methods. In this piece, Parker discusses the controversy at Kennesaw State...
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