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Eric Stirgus

Education reporter

Eric Stirgus is a reporter who covers education issues and the Gwinnett County Board of Education.  

Latest from Eric Stirgus

Students feel overburdened by rising college costs
 Athens resident Jessica Hembree, who wants to become a doctor, began her college career last year but she took this semester off. Why? She wanted, needed, to save money to pay the additional thousands of dollars it will cost to attend the University of Georgia this fall. Hembree, 19, is working three part-time jobs, putting in about 40 hours...

Posted: a day ago

Athens resident Jessica Hembree, who wants to become a doctor, began her college career last year but she took this semester off. Why? She wanted, needed, to save money to pay the additional thousands of dollars it will cost to attend the University of Georgia this fall. Hembree, 19, is working three part-time jobs, putting in about 40 hours...
Gwinnett County schools seeing some glitches with Georgia Milestones exams
 State education officials are working with Gwinnett County to repair some online glitches they’re having administering the Georgia Milestones exams, school district officials said Thursday. “We have had a few challenges with the online portion of the assessment this week,” Debbie Durrence, Gwinnett’s executive director...

Posted: 2 days ago

State education officials are working with Gwinnett County to repair some online glitches they’re having administering the Georgia Milestones exams, school district officials said Thursday. “We have had a few challenges with the online portion of the assessment this week,” Debbie Durrence, Gwinnett’s executive director...
Gwinnett school board names two new principals
 Gwinnett County Public Schools officials announced Thursday new principals to replace two are retiring at the end of the school year. Shane Orr will replace Maryanne Grimes as principal of Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville. Orr is currently the school’s assistant principal. Orr began his career in Gwinnett in 2000 as a teacher...

Posted: 2 days ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials announced Thursday new principals to replace two are retiring at the end of the school year. Shane Orr will replace Maryanne Grimes as principal of Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville. Orr is currently the school’s assistant principal. Orr began his career in Gwinnett in 2000 as a teacher...
Group demands Gwinnett County school officers be fired
 Several dozen people gathered outside the Gwinnett County school district headquarters Thursday to demand two school resource officers be fired on accusations the officers used excessive force against a student to break up a fight. With chants of “counselors not cops,” the demonstrators said they want a full investigation...

Posted: 3 days ago

Several dozen people gathered outside the Gwinnett County school district headquarters Thursday to demand two school resource officers be fired on accusations the officers used excessive force against a student to break up a fight. With chants of “counselors not cops,” the demonstrators said they want a full investigation...
Gwinnett County school protest
Several dozen people participate in a news conference on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to demand two Gwinnett County school resource officers be fired they say assaulted a student. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM

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Several dozen people participate in a news conference on Thursday, April 20, 2017 to demand two Gwinnett County school resource officers be fired they say assaulted a student. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM
Kara Dutton
Kara Dutton has been appointed at the next principal of Jackson Elementary School. PHOTO CREDIT: GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

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Kara Dutton has been appointed at the next principal of Jackson Elementary School. PHOTO CREDIT: GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Shane Orr
Shane Orr will become the new principal of Central Gwinnett High School. PHOTO CREDIT: GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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Shane Orr will become the new principal of Central Gwinnett High School. PHOTO CREDIT: GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Gwinnett group accuses school police officers of assaulting student
 A group of Gwinnett County activists wants two school resource officers fired, saying the officers used excessive force against a 16-year-old male student to break up a fight, leaving him bloodied and unconscious. The Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline, which has been critical of Gwinnett’s school disciplinary...

Posted: 4 days ago

A group of Gwinnett County activists wants two school resource officers fired, saying the officers used excessive force against a 16-year-old male student to break up a fight, leaving him bloodied and unconscious. The Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline, which has been critical of Gwinnett’s school disciplinary...
Georgia university system leader discusses meeting with DeVos
 University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said Tuesday he talked about the importance of Pell Grants, the system’s efforts to consolidate colleges and other issues during last week’s meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Wrigley discussed the meeting during his monthly presentation to the Georgia Board...

Posted: 5 days ago

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said Tuesday he talked about the importance of Pell Grants, the system’s efforts to consolidate colleges and other issues during last week’s meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Wrigley discussed the meeting during his monthly presentation to the Georgia Board...
Georgia public college students to pay higher tuition
 Georgia’s 320,000 public college students must pay more to attend school this fall. The state’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition by 2 percent at 28 state colleges and universities including its flagship school, the University of Georgia, and its largest institutions such as Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw...

Posted: 5 days ago

Georgia’s 320,000 public college students must pay more to attend school this fall. The state’s Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition by 2 percent at 28 state colleges and universities including its flagship school, the University of Georgia, and its largest institutions such as Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw...