Christopher Quinn

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Christopher Quinn has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999 in a variety of roles and now heads up the team of education reporters. Contact Chris at cquinn@ajc.com with information about news or with questions.

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Georgia lost some notable politicians in 2017
 Georgia lost some of its long-time politicians on the state and local level in 2017. They ranged from local commissioners, such as Fulton County’s Joan Garner who spent decades championing LGBT rights before it became a widespread cause, to Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin, who with 42 years in office was the longest-serving head...

Posted: 20 days ago

Georgia lost some of its long-time politicians on the state and local level in 2017. They ranged from local commissioners, such as Fulton County’s Joan Garner who spent decades championing LGBT rights before it became a widespread cause, to Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin, who with 42 years in office was the longest-serving head...
Georgia lost notable leaders in 2017 who blazed paths in civil rights
 Like World War II veterans, the civil rights pioneers in Atlanta and Georgia are aging, and the state lost a number of them in 2017. Here are six of the many men and women we wrote about after their deaths -- people who lived through the era of falling barriers, often times leading the way. • J.B. Smith The Atlanta Student Movement...

Posted: 28 days ago

Like World War II veterans, the civil rights pioneers in Atlanta and Georgia are aging, and the state lost a number of them in 2017. Here are six of the many men and women we wrote about after their deaths -- people who lived through the era of falling barriers, often times leading the way. • J.B. Smith The Atlanta Student Movement...
Atlanta weather: Paulding and Bartow schools call early dismissal
 Paulding County schools are calling it quits because of weather. The school system’s Twitter account says that it will dismiss middle and high schools at 11:30. Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30. All after school and weekend activities are cancelled, as is and Learning Bridge. Bartow is calling schools at 11 a.m. Snow falling...

2:27 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Paulding County schools are calling it quits because of weather. The school system’s Twitter account says that it will dismiss middle and high schools at 11:30. Elementary schools will dismiss at 12:30. All after school and weekend activities are cancelled, as is and Learning Bridge. Bartow is calling schools at 11 a.m. Snow falling...
Metro Atlanta schools and teachers showing progress in 2017
 Georgia’s schools are showing signs of progress and have notched significant gains this year. From outstanding teachers to new programming and rising graduation rates, here are some news stories about education successes. You can read about them in MyAJC.com.

2:03 PM Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Georgia’s schools are showing signs of progress and have notched significant gains this year. From outstanding teachers to new programming and rising graduation rates, here are some news stories about education successes. You can read about them in MyAJC.com.
Here’s Georgia education news to be thankful for
 Teachers, students and schools across metro Atlanta have notched some victories to give thanks for in 2017. Teachers, who are easy targets for politicians, pundits and parents to blame for educational failures, are driving thousands of kids to success, as evidenced by by 325 candidates put up by friends, colleagues and students for the first...

1:51 PM Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Teachers, students and schools across metro Atlanta have notched some victories to give thanks for in 2017. Teachers, who are easy targets for politicians, pundits and parents to blame for educational failures, are driving thousands of kids to success, as evidenced by by 325 candidates put up by friends, colleagues and students for the first...
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...

6:15 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

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...
Tax reform could pinch teacher deduction
 The proposed tax reform bill will do away with a deduction of up to $250 a year  for teachers who spend money buying school supplies and are not reimbursed for them. Section 1312 of the proposed reform calls for doing away with  expenses attributable to the trade or business of being an employee. “Taxpayers generally may claim...

7:29 PM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

The proposed tax reform bill will do away with a deduction of up to $250 a year for teachers who spend money buying school supplies and are not reimbursed for them. Section 1312 of the proposed reform calls for doing away with  expenses attributable to the trade or business of being an employee. “Taxpayers generally may claim...
Clayton schools show improvement in middle, elementary levels on state report card
 Clayton County schools average scores on the just-released 2017 state report card lagged the state averages, but showed improvements from last year. The College and Career Ready Performance Index ranks schools on a 100-point scale from best to worst based on a host of measures, such as test pass rates, while also taking into account issues...

4:23 PM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

Clayton County schools average scores on the just-released 2017 state report card lagged the state averages, but showed improvements from last year. The College and Career Ready Performance Index ranks schools on a 100-point scale from best to worst based on a host of measures, such as test pass rates, while also taking into account issues...
Clayton middle, elementary schools improve but lag state averages on report card
 Clayton County schools average scores on the just-released 2017 state report card lagged the state averages, but showed improvements from last year. The College and Career Ready Performance Index ranks schools on a 100-point scale from best to worst based on a host of measures, such as test pass rates, while also taking into account issues...

3:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

Clayton County schools average scores on the just-released 2017 state report card lagged the state averages, but showed improvements from last year. The College and Career Ready Performance Index ranks schools on a 100-point scale from best to worst based on a host of measures, such as test pass rates, while also taking into account issues...
Ten metro Atlanta teachers recognized for extraordinary work
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution honored ten educators from across metro Atlanta Wednesday with its first annual Celebrating Teachers Award. The awards went to ten men and women, nominated by colleagues, students, administrators, for work that goes above and beyond a simple job description. The winners of the 2017 Celebrating Teachers Award...

2:46 PM Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution honored ten educators from across metro Atlanta Wednesday with its first annual Celebrating Teachers Award. The awards went to ten men and women, nominated by colleagues, students, administrators, for work that goes above and beyond a simple job description. The winners of the 2017 Celebrating Teachers Award...
One man guiding the conversation about cheerleaders taking a knee during the national anthem 
 Who is Rep. Earl Ehrhart and why did he get involved in when Kennesaw State University cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem? He called KSU President Sam Olens to vent his ire when he heard about the event. Some call Ehrhart the 20th member of the Board of Regents.  He regularly uses his political power to influence policies...

2:36 PM Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Who is Rep. Earl Ehrhart and why did he get involved in when Kennesaw State University cheerleaders took a knee during the national anthem? He called KSU President Sam Olens to vent his ire when he heard about the event. Some call Ehrhart the 20th member of the Board of Regents.  He regularly uses his political power to influence policies...