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Athletes’ protest gestures, price sometimes paid for them, aren’t new
Many athletes are following quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s example and taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, including his San Francisco 49ers teammate Eli Harold. (Daniel Gluskoter/AP Images)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Young people often get branded as narcissists who spend their lives puckering and pouting for Instagram. So, why do we complain when they embrace a cause and take a knee instead of a selfie?High school athletes kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against minorities are following San ...
Most polled oppose Opportunity School District, some feel conflicted
October 21, 2016, Atlanta - Kevin Pham, 29, an electronics engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was among those in an AJC poll who may vote for the constitutional amendment for an Opportunity School District. He tutors children and says it’s time for their schools to improve, though he is concerned about state intervention. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed statewide Opportunity School District appears to be in trouble just weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 election, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll, but that opposition could be tenuous.Some respondents expressed hesitation in interviews after they were polled and indicated their positions could change.“I really ...
Morehouse College changes cost students, stirs critics
Morehouse College changed housing regulations, requiring more students to live on campus and pay the $13,000 yearly room and board fee, stirring some criticism. Here, the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. stands in front of King’s Chapel on Morehouse College campus. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

4:48 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Changes in housing policy at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College means students must live on campus until they are seniors and pay more than $13,000 a year in room and board.Morehouse is requiring all freshmen, sophomores and juniors to live on campus. Previously, a student could move off campus after ...
Morehouse College changes raise costs, criticism
Morehouse men now have to live on campus from their freshmen to junior years. The college changed its policy which used to apply only to freshmen, saying living on campus give its students more of the “Morehouse mystique,” but some students and alumni complain that it is driving up the cost of going to college there. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

4:34 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

The cost of attending Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College has increased by more than $10,000 a year for some students. The all-male college is requiring its 2,100 students to live on campus at least three years – not just freshmen, as had been its tradition. That guarantees Morehouse, which is ...
Atlanta schools to add security after football game shooting
AJC file

3:46 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

The Atlanta school district will increase security around high school football games after a student was shot after a game last weekend.District police officers will now escort teams and bands traveling to and from home and away games. Officers will also be stationed at school parking lots where parents are ...
Is Deal targeting teacher groups for opposing Opportunity District?
The office of Gov. Nathan Deal asked every school system in the state to provide data on the dues they collect from teachers who belong to professional groups. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

3:14 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

School districts across the state received a surprising Open Records request today from a surprising source — the governor. Nathan Deal’s office wants “records of dues collected by the school system for the Georgia Association of Educators and Professional Association of Georgia Educators.”It is no secret Deal hasn’t been happy ...
AJC poll shows significant opposition to Opportunity School District
Oct. 10, 2016 — Atlanta — Students at Georgia State University law school learn about Amendment 1 during a debate by supporters and opponents of the Opportunity School District. SOURCE: TY TAGAMI/AJC

9:04 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed Opportunity School District has significant opposition just weeks ahead of the Nov. 8 election, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll. The results released Friday found likely voters siding nearly 2-1 against Amendment 1, the referendum that would create a statewide school district to take over ...
Will Opportunity School District improve schools? Not necessarily.
Will state takeover improve failing schools? If you judge by the performance of the state-run charter schools already operating in Georgia, the answer is not necessarily. (AJC File)

9:56 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

If the Opportunity School District passes in November, some failing schools in Georgia will be taken away from local school boards and districts and given over to an appointed superintendent who is likely to recruit charter school management organizations to run them.There are already public schools under state control — ...
Tennessee school leaders warn state takeovers of schools don’t work
Two Nashville school board members caution Georgia voters to be wary of the Opportunity School District, saying a similar stake takeover in Tennessee has not succeeded.

9:34 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed Opportunity School District is modeled after Tennessee’s Achievement School District.Is the ASD working in Tennessee? Two school board members from Nashville argue it is not.“Operationally, the ASD is a mess. In August, an audit found a lack of adequate controls over processes in human resources and ...
Jackson High School principal is Atlanta’s Principal of the Year
Jackson High School principal Stephanie Johnson. Atlanta Public Schools photo.

9:33 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Jackson High School Principal Stephanie Johnson has been named Atlanta’s Principal of the Year. Johnson, a former Clayton County educator who has worked in schools for 21 years, is also the Georgia Principal of the Year and a finalist for National Principal of the Year.West End Academy Assistant Principal Cedrick ...
Riverwood band to play in Carnegie Hall
Carlos Rodriguez leads the Riverwood International Charter School Band in a recent concert at Kennesaw State University.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

The Riverwood International Charter School Band is set to perform in March, 2017 at the Festival at Carnegie Hall National Instrumental Festival. The school expects 60 musicians to attend. “For a musician, performing on stage at Carnegie Hall represents arriving at place where few musicians can,” said band director Carlos ...
Lanier High School principal receives national award for leadership
Dr. Reuben Gresham, Lanier High School principal

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Lanier High School Principal Dr. Reuben Gresham has been awarded the Henk Koning Exemplary Educator Award by the National Career Academies Coalition. The award recognizes a significant contribution to the success of a career academy. Lanier’s four academies, the Center of Design & Technology (STEM), Life & Health Sciences, Global ...
Alpharetta team wins second place in first Certamen competition
Abhinav Panghal, (from left) Saige Locke, and Kianna Nelson show their Certamen trophy

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

The Alpharetta High School Novice Certamen team competed in their first Certamen competition at Walton High School last month and brought home a second-place trophy. “Certamen,” means “competition” or “struggle” in Latin, and the competition is structured like a quiz bowl with Roman themes. The game tests the players’ knowledge ...
Woodward Academy Student wins gold, bronze medals in fencing
Woodward Academy seventh-grader Chloe Williams is ranked 14th nationally in her Y12 division in fencing.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Woodward Academy seventh-grader Chloe Williams competed in the Peoria Fencing Academy Regional Youth Circuit in September and earned a gold and bronze medal. In August, Chloe won a bronze medal in the Pan American Youth and Veteran Championship, her first international competition. With just four years of fencing experience, Chloe ...
Clayton State wins $5 M grant to help African-American students
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12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

Clayton State University has received a $4.8 million, 5-year federal grant to help more African-American students stay in school and graduate.The school’s 6-year graduation rate is currently 29 percent, below the national average.Clayton State will use the money to develop a program that will include scholarships, an expanded summer program ...
Andy Young, Hank Aaron oppose Opportunity School District
October 18, 2016 Atlanta: Civil Rights icon and former mayor Andrew Young, center, held a press conference with MLB legend Hank Aaron, and Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood to encourage voters to vote against Amendment 1 this November. A yes vote would amend the Georgia Constitution to allow the state to take control of failing schools. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Georgia’s proposed Opportunity School District got new opposition Tuesday as former Atlanta Mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and baseball great Hank Aaron held a news conference to urge people to vote against Amendment 1.Constitutional Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballott would allow Governor Nathan Deal to establish ...
Officials find lead in 2 more DeKalb schools above federal limits

12:46 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Investigators testing water at DeKalb County Schools buildings found two more with elevated lead levels, officials said Tuesday.One testing source at the International Student Center, 3318 Midway Road in Decatur, and Barack Obama Elementary School, 797 Fayetteville Road SE in Atlanta, tested positive for lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s ...
Andy Young, Hank Aaron say no to Opportunity School District
Atlanta Braves baseball great Hank Aaron (left) urged voters to reject Amendment 1 on the coming November ballot, along with Ambassador Andrew Young and Lisa-Marie Haygood of the Georgia PTA. The amendment would allow Georgia to create the Opportunity School District, which would allow a state appointee to take over up to 20 failing schools a year and try to turn them around.

Updated: 11:39 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Georgia’s proposed Opportunity School District got new opposition Tuesday as both former Atlanta Mayor Andy Young and baseball great Hank Aaron held a news conference to urge people to vote against Amendment 1.The constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot would allow the governor to establish a new statewide school ...
Clayton schools discussing rebalancing school populations
Charles Drew High School in Clayton County is among the schools where the school board is discussing the need to rebalance the number of students enrolled. (Courtesy of Clayton County Public Schools)

9:53 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Clayton County Public Schools will host a series of community meetings to discuss enrollment balances in the district’s schools.The discussion will be about which schools have too many or too few students and plans to balance enrollments across the district.That could include shifting students from one attendance district to another.A ...
Georgia’s graduation rate rises quicker than other states’
Devon Berry leads his class off the field at the conclusion of the ceremony at Hampton High School on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Hampton. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5:34 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Georgia’s public high school graduation rate rose faster over one school year than any other state, with only Washington, D.C., having a higher increase, according to federal data released Monday.The state’s graduation rate rose 6.3 percentage points, from 72.5 percent in the 2013-14 school year to 78.8 percent in the ...
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