Vanessa McCray

Education Reporter

Vanessa McCray writes about Atlanta Public Schools. She previously covered education for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, and reported for newspapers in her native northern Michigan.

Latest from Vanessa McCray

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...

Posted: 11 hours ago

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...
Investigator finds 17 Atlanta school police officers cheated on test
 The Atlanta Public Schools’ police chief said disciplinary proceedings are coming for 18 employees after officers admitted to receiving answers on a state test.  Chief Ronald Applin requested an outside investigation after a WSB-TV reporter, acting on a tip, inquired about allegations of cheating on a test required to access a...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Atlanta Public Schools’ police chief said disciplinary proceedings are coming for 18 employees after officers admitted to receiving answers on a state test.  Chief Ronald Applin requested an outside investigation after a WSB-TV reporter, acting on a tip, inquired about allegations of cheating on a test required to access a...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
Runoff, recount or winner? Atlanta city council race not settled
 At first, the Atlanta City Council race between Courtney English and incumbent Michael Julian Bond was headed to a recount. But late Thursday, the outcome was still unclear: Bond claimed victory while English dropped his recount request and contended instead that a runoff election is required. An incredibly close race is to blame for the...

Posted: 4 days ago

At first, the Atlanta City Council race between Courtney English and incumbent Michael Julian Bond was headed to a recount. But late Thursday, the outcome was still unclear: Bond claimed victory while English dropped his recount request and contended instead that a runoff election is required. An incredibly close race is to blame for the...
Tight Atlanta city council race could lead to do-over election
 The outcome of  an Atlanta City Council race is unclear after a candidate withdrew his request for a recount and now contends the close vote requires a runoff election. On Thursday, Courtney English withdrew his request for a recount in the race for the post 1 at-large seat. His attorney told elections officials that certified vote tallies...

Posted: 4 days ago

The outcome of an Atlanta City Council race is unclear after a candidate withdrew his request for a recount and now contends the close vote requires a runoff election. On Thursday, Courtney English withdrew his request for a recount in the race for the post 1 at-large seat. His attorney told elections officials that certified vote tallies...
Atlanta school board candidate loses runoff spot by whisker
 An Atlanta school board candidate learned Wednesday that he won’t proceed to a Dec. 5 runoff election.  Unofficial tallies after the Nov. 7 election had John Wright squeaking into second place in the race for the at-large District 7 post on the Atlanta Board of Education. But his nine-vote cushion faded away, and official...

Posted: 4 days ago

An Atlanta school board candidate learned Wednesday that he won’t proceed to a Dec. 5 runoff election.  Unofficial tallies after the Nov. 7 election had John Wright squeaking into second place in the race for the at-large District 7 post on the Atlanta Board of Education. But his nine-vote cushion faded away, and official...
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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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. ...

Posted: 6 days ago

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. ...
Are leggings ‘distracting’? Atlanta fifth-graders want dress code changes
 Two leggings-clad fifth-grade girls asked the Atlanta school board Monday to change its student dress code, which bans clothing that is “extremely tight” and “distracting.”  The board is reviewing revisions that emphasize the dress code must be fairly enforced. Some Atlanta Public Schools students have complained...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two leggings-clad fifth-grade girls asked the Atlanta school board Monday to change its student dress code, which bans clothing that is “extremely tight” and “distracting.”  The board is reviewing revisions that emphasize the dress code must be fairly enforced. Some Atlanta Public Schools students have complained...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...