Ty Tagami

Education reporter

Ty Tagami writes about K-12 education, focusing on statewide issues. Since 2002, he has covered government, politics, crime and schools for the AJC.

Latest from Ty Tagami

Shooting raises questions about school safety in metro Atlanta
 The morning after 17 people were shot and killed inside a Florida high school, Frances Greene was driving her grandson to school when she said he asked a question. “Will it happen at my school, Nana?,” the boy, a seventh-grader at Gwinnett County’s Moore Middle School, wondered. Will it happen at my school? Are schools and...

Posted: 4 days ago

The morning after 17 people were shot and killed inside a Florida high school, Frances Greene was driving her grandson to school when she said he asked a question. “Will it happen at my school, Nana?,” the boy, a seventh-grader at Gwinnett County’s Moore Middle School, wondered. Will it happen at my school? Are schools and...
Georgia school legislation could cost millions
 Two school bills that could channel more than $30 million in state tax dollars to private schools and charter schools next year are moving through the Georgia House of Representatives. House Bill 482 allows parents to opt their children out of public schools and take state money with them. The state funding, typically half the amount it costs...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two school bills that could channel more than $30 million in state tax dollars to private schools and charter schools next year are moving through the Georgia House of Representatives. House Bill 482 allows parents to opt their children out of public schools and take state money with them. The state funding, typically half the amount it costs...
Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate
 Legislation that would let school districts experiment with home-gown alternatives to Georgia’s state standardized tests advanced through the state Senate Thursday. The Georgia Milestones come at the end of a school year,  or in some cases at the end of a semester. That means teachers get the results after their students have moved...

Posted: 5 days ago

Legislation that would let school districts experiment with home-gown alternatives to Georgia’s state standardized tests advanced through the state Senate Thursday. The Georgia Milestones come at the end of a school year,  or in some cases at the end of a semester. That means teachers get the results after their students have moved...
Ga. Legislature: Child sex abuse bill fails to make it out of subcommittee, again
 Adults who believe they were molested as children could sue later in life under legislation debated by Georgia lawmakers again Wednesday. The bill that would extend the statute of limitations for adults to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them as children. The sponsor of House Bill 605, Rep....

Posted: 6 days ago

Adults who believe they were molested as children could sue later in life under legislation debated by Georgia lawmakers again Wednesday. The bill that would extend the statute of limitations for adults to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them as children. The sponsor of House Bill 605, Rep....
Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta
 The tax fight between a Georgia school system and Delta Air Lines took a nasty turn Wednesday, with the local school superintendent alleging that the multi-billion dollar company is accusing his administration of “sharing falsehoods.” Clayton County schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley issued a statement Wednesday morning...

Posted: 6 days ago

The tax fight between a Georgia school system and Delta Air Lines took a nasty turn Wednesday, with the local school superintendent alleging that the multi-billion dollar company is accusing his administration of “sharing falsehoods.” Clayton County schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley issued a statement Wednesday morning...
Tax cut for Delta, other airlines fuels protest by Clayton schools
 A Georgia proposal to eliminate sales taxes on jet fuel could delay or force the cancellation of building renovations, air conditioning system overhauls and new construction work by Clayton County Public Schools. “I have several projects that I would have to delay, re-prioritize or maybe not do,” school Superintendent Morcease...

Posted: 7 days ago

A Georgia proposal to eliminate sales taxes on jet fuel could delay or force the cancellation of building renovations, air conditioning system overhauls and new construction work by Clayton County Public Schools. “I have several projects that I would have to delay, re-prioritize or maybe not do,” school Superintendent Morcease...
School recess legislation back in Georgia
 A proposal to mandate daily recess for young students in public schools is back in the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 273 by Rep. Demetrius Douglas, D-Stockbridge, passed the Georgia House of Representatives last year but stalled in the Senate. It’s back again during this legislative session and, on Monday, the Senate Education...

Posted: 8 days ago

A proposal to mandate daily recess for young students in public schools is back in the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 273 by Rep. Demetrius Douglas, D-Stockbridge, passed the Georgia House of Representatives last year but stalled in the Senate. It’s back again during this legislative session and, on Monday, the Senate Education...
Legislation mandates sex abuse education starting in kindergarten
 Georgia’s children need to know what to do if they are being sexually abused. That’s the thinking behind one of several bills that address child sexual abuse in this legislative session. House Bill 762 mandates annual education on awareness and prevention of sexual abuse and assault for public school students in kindergarten through...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia’s children need to know what to do if they are being sexually abused. That’s the thinking behind one of several bills that address child sexual abuse in this legislative session. House Bill 762 mandates annual education on awareness and prevention of sexual abuse and assault for public school students in kindergarten through...
Georgia legislation proposes sex abuse education starting in kindergarten
 Georgia’s children need to know what to do if they are being sexually abused. That’s the thinking behind House Bill 762, which mandates annual sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education for public school students in kindergarten through their freshman year of high school. The bill’s sponsor, Rep...

Posted: 11 days ago

Georgia’s children need to know what to do if they are being sexually abused. That’s the thinking behind House Bill 762, which mandates annual sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education for public school students in kindergarten through their freshman year of high school. The bill’s sponsor, Rep...
Federal agency publishes discrimination cases online
 New information on a federal website allows the general public to find out whether a college or school district is under investigation for discrimination. This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights published on its website a list of institutions and issues under investigation. An agency spokesman told...

Posted: 12 days ago

New information on a federal website allows the general public to find out whether a college or school district is under investigation for discrimination. This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights published on its website a list of institutions and issues under investigation. An agency spokesman told...