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Delays in grading Milestones tests hold up student report cards
Some high school students still don’t have their final grades because the state has not finished grading the Milestones exams; that may have implications for some students and the HOPE Scholarship.

Updated: 9:31 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

Most metro school districts are either out for the summer or holding final classes today. While students are going home with their artwork, essays and math folders, some are leaving without one critical element — their final grades.High schools are still waiting for the state Department of Education to return ...
Gates Foundation: we made mistakes with Common Core
March 5, 2014 — Atlanta: Then-Georgia Superintendent John Barge speaking against Senate Bill 167 during a legislative hearing. Dubbed the anti-Common Core bill, it failed to pass. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

6:56 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2016

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a mea culpa for the way it pushed the Common Core standards adopted by most states, including Georgia.The standards, which started as an idea promoted by governors, including former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, became controversial, with opponents saying they amounted to a ...
A teen mother is killed. A principal is outraged.
A photo of Myneishia Johnson and her son from a memorial page created on the website of her Memphis high school after her murder Sunday.

12:31 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

A teenage mother was shot and killed in downtown Memphis early Sunday morning after someone opened fire in a crowd. Myneishia Johnson was scheduled to graduate this weekend from Booker T. Washington High School where the 18-year-old was an honor student and athlete. (You can read about the shooting here.)The ...
New state website grades schools A to F, based largely on tests
A new state report card for schools is based on an index that, in turn, is based in large part on standardized state test scores.

7:11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

Parents who want to know how their school is performing can see a clearer picture at a new state of Georgia website. The Governors Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) has created “Georgia School Reports” to help people understand the state Department of Education’s complicated College and Career Ready Performance Index ...
DeKalb schools still uncommitted to taxes for GM site redevelopment
Developers say the site of the shuttered General Motors plant in Doraville would be home to a metropolis if the DeKalb County School District approves a tax district to fund infrastructure improvements. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

The full-court press is on DeKalb County’s school board as developers work ahead of what they say is a June deadline to persuade board members to approve a tax plan to pay for infrastructure for a Doraville megadevelopment.Business interests are pushing, and board members are listening, but no decision has ...
DeKalb school officials offer thanks, next steps, on E-SPLOST
DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green speaks to a crowd outside Cross Keys High School on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (Marlon A. Walker/marlon.walker@ajc.com)

12:35 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DeKalb County School District officials assembled this morning at Cross Keys High School to discuss next steps after the educational special purpose local option sales tax extension passed with record approval.Superintendent Steve Green’s voice was full of jubilation with the news.Flanked by about 300 students, parents and district staff, Green ...
‘Build a wall’ becomes a schoolyard taunt
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump chant ‘Build That Wall’ before a town hall Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Rothschild, Wis. (AP Photo)

8:51 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Is the rancor of the presidential race reaching the classroom?Yes, says a Fulton County sixth grader who explains he saw it firsthand in what should have been a friendly soccer game at school.When a team made up of largely Latino boys was about to make a penalty kick, kids on ...
Fulton, DeKalb voters favor education penny sales tax
May 24, 2016 Atlanta - DeKalb County voters go to the polls at Henderson Mill Elementary School on Georgia’s primary election day Tuesday morning, May 24, 2016. The DeKalb CEO, District attorney and several other races are on the ballot, as well as an extension of the DeKalb schools E-Splost. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

8:19 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Voters in DeKalb and Fulton approved continuing a penny sales tax estimated to raise nearly $2 billion to fund school improvement projects in those counties and Atlanta.Results showed residents voted yes Tuesday to extend the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by a significant margin. Turnout appeared low, as ...
Fulton, DeKalb appear to favor education penny sales tax
May 24, 2016 Scottdale - Richard Williamson (foreground) and his wife Estelle Ford-Williamson cast their ballots at Robert Shaw Traditional Theme School on Georgia’s primary election day Tuesday morning, May 24, 2016. The DeKalb CEO, District attorney and several other races were on the ballot, as well as an extension of the DeKalb schools E-Splost. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

9:37 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Voters in DeKalb and Fulton counties appeared to favor continuing a penny sales tax estimated to raise nearly $2 billion to fund school improvement projects in those counties and Atlanta.Early results showed residents voted yes Tuesday to extend the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax by a significant margin. ...
Gov. Deal names best schools in Fulton
August 6, 2015 Atlanta: The new Heards Ferry Elementary School opened in August with 54 classrooms and 11 special purpose classrooms. It’s among Georgia’s best public schools, according to Gov. Nathan Deal and his Office of Student Achievement. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

4:33 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fulton County Schools dominated a list of the best schools in Georgia based on the state’s report card for 2015. Gov. Nathan Deal and his Office of Student Achievement on Tuesday released their list of the 187 top Georgia schools, and 23 were in Fulton. The results are based on ...
How one girl overcame abuse, abandonment to graduate with top honors
Taniya Shockley will graduate this month from Atlanta’s Carver High School with a scholarship to attend the University of West Georgia. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

3:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

At school, Taniya Shockley was the smart kid, the one everybody wanted to work with, the girl teachers wanted to take home.At home, no one wanted her.The oldest of six children, Taniya was born in Decatur to a mother unable to take care of her. She lived with a series ...
DeKalb County school offers hope for late graduates
Kneico Daniels, left, sits with his father, Rolan Daniels, at their home in Doraville recently. Kneico will graduate Wednesday from DeKalb County’s Elizabeth Andrews High School.

12:48 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

When Kneico Daniels takes the stage Wednesday to graduate from Elizabeth Andrews High School, he’ll join a growing number of students who get their diploma, only to still be counted as a dropout.Daniels didn’t get serious about high school until an incident last year made him realize going through life ...
Gov. Nathan Deal names best public schools in DeKalb
Students change classes at Decatur High School. It’s among Georgia’s top schools, according to Gov. Nathan Deal and his Office of Student Achievement. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

12:42 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fourteen public schools in DeKalb County (one in the city of Decatur) have been recognized by Gov. Nathan Deal as among the 187 best in Georgia.The results are based on the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index. The highest performers were those that ranked at or above the 93rd ...
Gov. Nathan Deal’s best school picks
Sep. 1, 2015 - Lawrenceville - Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology in Lawrenceville has been rated a top school in 2015 by Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office of Student Achievement. It also had the highest combined SAT score among all high schools in Georgia that year. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

12:09 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal and his Office of Student Achievement announced Tuesday that 187 public schools qualify as being the highest performers or having the greatest gains in Georgia in 2015. Nearly half are in core metro Atlanta school districts. They were in 51 school districts, with nine schools in Atlanta, ...
Too many graduates only prepared to serve coffee?

12:02 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Many people might agree American wages are too low. But an economist argues simply raising wages is not the solution. Instead, University of Maryland economist Peter Morici says we have to raise the quality of graduates coming out of U.S. colleges and high schools. He says, “According to the liberal ...
Will state takeover improve Georgia schools?
Kindergartners get into recess at the Arthur Ashe Charter School, one of many charters to open up as part of the Louisiana Recovery District, a model Gov. Deal wants to bring to Georgia. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 10:32 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

In November, voters in Georgia will decide whether to give the state unprecedented power to take control of failing schools. Pushed by Gov. Nathan Deal, the Opportunity School District proposal is based on education models in New Orleans and Tennessee.So, what do those models tell us about the success of ...
How to watch Atlanta high school graduations online
Mark Felix / AP Photo

9:29 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Atlanta high school graduations start this evening with Therrell High School and KIPP Atlanta Collegiate. Atlanta Public Schools graduations take place at Georgia World Congress Center, Hall B4. They’re also streamed live online: Click here to watch. Atlanta Public Schools graduation schedule Tuesday, May 24 Therrell, 5:30 p.m. KIPP, 7:30 ...
Voters to consider E-SPLOST proposals in Fulton, DeKalb
Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County is one of a growing number of schools who must use “portable” classrooms, trailers, because of overcrowding. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

8:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Voters in DeKalb and Fulton counties will go to the polls today to decide whether a one-penny sales tax will continue to fund new buses, new school construction and renovations, upgraded technology and other capital projects.In Fulton, the Education Special Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax, E-SPLOST, is expected to raise about ...
Affluent Gwinnett schools benefit more from E-SPLOST funding
HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 10:41 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016

Revenue from the extra penny for schools on the county sales tax rate has built more than four dozen new school buildings in Gwinnett County in the past 20 years. But not everyone has reaped the benefit of a new school from the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax ...
In DeKalb, not all students have benefited from SPLOST funding
Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County is one of a growing number of schools that use “portable” classrooms because of overcrowding. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

10:40 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016

Revenue from an extra penny for schools on the county sales tax rate has built more than a dozen new school buildings in DeKalb County in the past 20 years. Less than half of the new DeKalb schools built by the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax opened their ...
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