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Erwin voted chairman of DeKalb County Board of Education
 The DeKalb County Board of Education voted board member Michael Erwin its chair at a meeting held Saturday. The board also voted member Marshall Orson as vice chairman.  Erwin said during the meeting, which was rescheduled from Jan. 8 due to weather, that he was grateful for the board’s confidence, after a unanimous vote....

Posted: 22 hours ago

The DeKalb County Board of Education voted board member Michael Erwin its chair at a meeting held Saturday. The board also voted member Marshall Orson as vice chairman.  Erwin said during the meeting, which was rescheduled from Jan. 8 due to weather, that he was grateful for the board’s confidence, after a unanimous vote....
How do metro schools decide when to close schools for snow?
 There’s a chance that metro Atlanta will get dusted with snow, Tuesday, and, as always, a chief question is, ‘Will schools be closed?’” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will keep with with the schools systems from Cobb to Clayton, Atlanta to Gwinnett and let you know when we know.   With the snow in December, ...

Posted: a day ago

There’s a chance that metro Atlanta will get dusted with snow, Tuesday, and, as always, a chief question is, ‘Will schools be closed?’” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will keep with with the schools systems from Cobb to Clayton, Atlanta to Gwinnett and let you know when we know.   With the snow in December, ...
Immigration debate devolves as problems remain unanswered
   Yehimi Cambron, a DeKalb County teacher who came here from Mexico as a child, was among immigrants and activists in Washington, lobbying for immigration reform, as the national political debate burst into flames. It was highlighted by President Donald Trump’s highly publicized conciliatory meeting with congressional leaders...

Posted: 4 days ago

  Yehimi Cambron, a DeKalb County teacher who came here from Mexico as a child, was among immigrants and activists in Washington, lobbying for immigration reform, as the national political debate burst into flames. It was highlighted by President Donald Trump’s highly publicized conciliatory meeting with congressional leaders...
Trump says no to proposed D.C. immigration deal
 Yehimi Cambron missed class this week to fight for her life. The DeKalb County teacher was among immigrants and activists in Washington, putting a full-court press on legislators to pass the Dream Act, which would add protections for undocumented residents brought to the United States as children. Their efforts, planned over the past few...

Posted: 4 days ago

Yehimi Cambron missed class this week to fight for her life. The DeKalb County teacher was among immigrants and activists in Washington, putting a full-court press on legislators to pass the Dream Act, which would add protections for undocumented residents brought to the United States as children. Their efforts, planned over the past few...
DeKalb Schools schedules make-up school board meeting for Saturday
 The DeKalb County School District has announced its monthly school board meeting — scheduled Monday but canceled due to weather forecasting freezing rain — has been rescheduled for Saturday. The DeKalb Board of Education will begin Saturday with a scheduled executive session at 1 p.m., followed by its board work...

Posted: 7 days ago

The DeKalb County School District has announced its monthly school board meeting — scheduled Monday but canceled due to weather forecasting freezing rain — has been rescheduled for Saturday. The DeKalb Board of Education will begin Saturday with a scheduled executive session at 1 p.m., followed by its board work...
DeKalb Schools cancels classes, board meeting with freezing rain forecast
 DeKalb County School District officials said late Sunday they were canceling classes Monday due to inclement weather, as forecasters expect freezing rain to greet morning commuters. A wintry mix of freezing rain or other ice could hit early, but the weather is expected to rise to about 41 degrees into the afternoon, according to Channel 2...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials said late Sunday they were canceling classes Monday due to inclement weather, as forecasters expect freezing rain to greet morning commuters. A wintry mix of freezing rain or other ice could hit early, but the weather is expected to rise to about 41 degrees into the afternoon, according to Channel 2...
Woman found funds for all her college years, now helps others do it
 Gabrielle McCormick pinned her hopes on an athletic scholarship paying for her college education. Then, she tore her achilles tendon. So she pivoted, and found enough money to fund her education through her doctorate, which she’s in the last stages of finishing. She started a company, Scholarship Informer, to help others graduate debt-free...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gabrielle McCormick pinned her hopes on an athletic scholarship paying for her college education. Then, she tore her achilles tendon. So she pivoted, and found enough money to fund her education through her doctorate, which she’s in the last stages of finishing. She started a company, Scholarship Informer, to help others graduate debt-free...
DeKalb school board to hold its meeting earlier, as national football championship looms
 The DeKalb County School District announced its monthly meeting will begin an hour earlier Monday, to avoid a conflict with the evening’s College Football Playoff National Championship featuring the University of Georgia and Alabama. District officials said the business meeting will begin at 6 p.m., as opposed to its normal 7 p.m. start...

Posted: 11 days ago

The DeKalb County School District announced its monthly meeting will begin an hour earlier Monday, to avoid a conflict with the evening’s College Football Playoff National Championship featuring the University of Georgia and Alabama. District officials said the business meeting will begin at 6 p.m., as opposed to its normal 7 p.m. start...
At some DeKalb schools, heat issues on a cold first day back
 Parents have taken to social media reporting that some DeKalb County school buildings are sans heat on the first day of classes in 2018. Students returned to school today amid below-freezing temperatures, as a winter storm dumped snow on the state’s coastal region. Parents have complained about several schools being without heat...

Posted: 12 days ago

Parents have taken to social media reporting that some DeKalb County school buildings are sans heat on the first day of classes in 2018. Students returned to school today amid below-freezing temperatures, as a winter storm dumped snow on the state’s coastal region. Parents have complained about several schools being without heat...
Ex-DeKalb CEO Lee May, now a pastor, pays lunch bills at 4 schools
 Some students in DeKalb County will return to school today to find their last Christmas gift came from a good samaritan, who paid off school lunch balances at four schools. Pastor Lee May, the former DeKalb County Commissioner and longtime interim DeKalb CEO, issued a challenge to the community at large after paying the balances at four schools...

Posted: 12 days ago

Some students in DeKalb County will return to school today to find their last Christmas gift came from a good samaritan, who paid off school lunch balances at four schools. Pastor Lee May, the former DeKalb County Commissioner and longtime interim DeKalb CEO, issued a challenge to the community at large after paying the balances at four schools...
For DeKalb Schools, 2017 was about student achievement, hiring woes
 The DeKalb County School District saw student test scores and its overall graduation rate increase this year, but that progress was accompanied by concerns about record keeping and hiring. Leo Brown was hired in January 2016 by Superintendent Steve Green as the district’s human resources chief, to begin working to address employee hiring...

Posted: 22 days ago

The DeKalb County School District saw student test scores and its overall graduation rate increase this year, but that progress was accompanied by concerns about record keeping and hiring. Leo Brown was hired in January 2016 by Superintendent Steve Green as the district’s human resources chief, to begin working to address employee hiring...
DeKalb schools’ new approach reduces student misbehavior
 A concerted effort to address student wrongdoing at some DeKalb County schools has resulted in a 50 percent drop in disciplinary actions, and the number of suspensions is down more than 75 percent. Superintendent Steve Green said professionals from the schools were trained on restorative practices, figuring out ways to better interact with...

Posted: 22 days ago

A concerted effort to address student wrongdoing at some DeKalb County schools has resulted in a 50 percent drop in disciplinary actions, and the number of suspensions is down more than 75 percent. Superintendent Steve Green said professionals from the schools were trained on restorative practices, figuring out ways to better interact with...
Students say cropped photo shows racial tension at Dunwoody High
 A doctored photo of Dunwoody High School cheerleaders that deleted the lone black student sparked a rally by students demanding equal treatment in a school where they say they face an increasing racial divide. DeKalb County School District officials said they are aware of the concerns about racial tensions at the school, and a plan is...

Posted: 28 days ago

A doctored photo of Dunwoody High School cheerleaders that deleted the lone black student sparked a rally by students demanding equal treatment in a school where they say they face an increasing racial divide. DeKalb County School District officials said they are aware of the concerns about racial tensions at the school, and a plan is...
Georgia students claim racism when black cheerleader cropped from photo 
 Students at a Georgia high school are claiming racism after a black cheerleader was cropped out of a team picture. Social media posts popped up over the weekend showing the full photo and its edited version, which eliminated the only black member in the picture. Several dozen students protested outside Dunwoody High School Monday morning...

Posted: 28 days ago

Students at a Georgia high school are claiming racism after a black cheerleader was cropped out of a team picture. Social media posts popped up over the weekend showing the full photo and its edited version, which eliminated the only black member in the picture. Several dozen students protested outside Dunwoody High School Monday morning...
DeKalb school district readies for battle over Atlanta annexation
 The DeKalb County School District is fighting back against Atlanta’s recent annexation, calling the move “an enormous transfer of wealth from the children of DeKalb to an already wealthy school system.” DeKalb School Superintendent Steve Green said, “We’re prepared for a court battle, if that’s what it...

Posted: 28 days ago

The DeKalb County School District is fighting back against Atlanta’s recent annexation, calling the move “an enormous transfer of wealth from the children of DeKalb to an already wealthy school system.” DeKalb School Superintendent Steve Green said, “We’re prepared for a court battle, if that’s what it...
DeKalb Schools challenging Emory annexation
 The DeKalb County School District is fighting back against Atlanta’s recent annexation, calling the move “an enormous transfer of wealth from the children of DeKalb to an already wealthy school system.”  The 744-acre east-side annexation, which incorporates Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Children&rsquo...

Posted: 29 days ago

The DeKalb County School District is fighting back against Atlanta’s recent annexation, calling the move “an enormous transfer of wealth from the children of DeKalb to an already wealthy school system.”  The 744-acre east-side annexation, which incorporates Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Children&rsquo...
Was racism behind black cheerleader being cropped from Dunwoody High photo?
 Students at Dunwoody High School are crying racism after a black cheerleader was cropped out of a team picture. Social media posts popped up over the weekend showing the full photo and its edited version, which eliminated the only black member in the picture. Several dozen students protested outside the school Monday morning, saying they...

Posted: 29 days ago

Students at Dunwoody High School are crying racism after a black cheerleader was cropped out of a team picture. Social media posts popped up over the weekend showing the full photo and its edited version, which eliminated the only black member in the picture. Several dozen students protested outside the school Monday morning, saying they...
Teacher DeKalb ousted came right back as substitute
 A teacher ousted after students said she threatened them with deportation after President Donald Trump’s 2016 election win was rehired for the 2017-2018 school year, though she was supposed to be ineligible for employment there. The error is one of several recent human resource blunders made by the DeKalb County School District, which...

8:47 PM Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

A teacher ousted after students said she threatened them with deportation after President Donald Trump’s 2016 election win was rehired for the 2017-2018 school year, though she was supposed to be ineligible for employment there. The error is one of several recent human resource blunders made by the DeKalb County School District, which...
DeKalb mistakenly rehires teacher who threatened students with deportation
 A teacher forced to resign after students said she threatened them with deportation after President Donald Trump’s election win in 2016 was rehired as a substitute teacher, district officials confirmed Friday. Diane Clark retired “in lieu of termination” on Nov. 28, 2016, weeks after students said she told them if they...

5:10 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

A teacher forced to resign after students said she threatened them with deportation after President Donald Trump’s election win in 2016 was rehired as a substitute teacher, district officials confirmed Friday. Diane Clark retired “in lieu of termination” on Nov. 28, 2016, weeks after students said she told them if they...
Snow damage forces Cobb, Paulding Schools to remain closed
 Officials from Cobb County Schools and Paulding County Schools said classes are canceled Monday after snowfall left several schools without power and affected travel through the area.  In a note posted to Twitter just before 1 p.m. Sunday, district officials said “continued power outages at multiple schools and poor travel...

6:19 PM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Officials from Cobb County Schools and Paulding County Schools said classes are canceled Monday after snowfall left several schools without power and affected travel through the area.  In a note posted to Twitter just before 1 p.m. Sunday, district officials said “continued power outages at multiple schools and poor travel...
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