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Marlon A. Walker

Education reporter

Marlon Walker writes about DeKalb County schools, the DeKalb County Board of Education and K-12 news in metro Atlanta.

Latest from Marlon A. Walker

Latest scores show math gains but overall proficiency still elusive
 Georgia’s public school students are showing some improvement in math, while the results were mixed in science and English/Language Arts, according to annual data state education officials released Thursday. The results showed less than half of Georgia students, typically around 40 percent on each grade level, scored proficient or better...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Georgia’s public school students are showing some improvement in math, while the results were mixed in science and English/Language Arts, according to annual data state education officials released Thursday. The results showed less than half of Georgia students, typically around 40 percent on each grade level, scored proficient or better...
Fulton's chronically failing schools see improvement on Georgia Milestones
 Georgia Milestones test scores show significant increases for Fulton County Schools students in grades 3 and 4, and district officials tout “marked improvement” for chronically underperforming schools. Math scores for elementary and middle schools improved for all but grade 7, with grades 3 and 8 seeing testers rated proficient...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Georgia Milestones test scores show significant increases for Fulton County Schools students in grades 3 and 4, and district officials tout “marked improvement” for chronically underperforming schools. Math scores for elementary and middle schools improved for all but grade 7, with grades 3 and 8 seeing testers rated proficient...
DeKalb Schools officials say students improve on 2017 Georgia Milestones
 DeKalb County School District officials say students there demonstrated significant progress in academic proficiency for the 2017 Georgia Milestones testing, though statistics show declines in several areas. The majority of DeKalb County School District students again failed to reach proficiency levels. This year, 24 of the district&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County School District officials say students there demonstrated significant progress in academic proficiency for the 2017 Georgia Milestones testing, though statistics show declines in several areas. The majority of DeKalb County School District students again failed to reach proficiency levels. This year, 24 of the district&rsquo...
DeKalb Schools’ reassigned principals mostly return to teaching, retire
 Four principals removed from their seats at DeKalb County elementary schools in May by Superintendent Steve Green will become teachers at different schools in the district. Three others accepted new administrative positions. Two others retired. Green said he was reassigning nine principals with hopes that new leadership would lead...

Posted: a day ago

Four principals removed from their seats at DeKalb County elementary schools in May by Superintendent Steve Green will become teachers at different schools in the district. Three others accepted new administrative positions. Two others retired. Green said he was reassigning nine principals with hopes that new leadership would lead...
More than 1,000 teachers needed for metro Atlanta schools ahead of first day
 With the 2017-2018 school year beginning at the end of the month for some metro Atlanta school districts, hiring managers say they’ve ramped up recruiting efforts to begin the year with little to no vacancies. In mid-June, metro Atlanta school districts needed to hire about 1,400 teachers before the school year began. The DeKalb...

Posted: 6 days ago

With the 2017-2018 school year beginning at the end of the month for some metro Atlanta school districts, hiring managers say they’ve ramped up recruiting efforts to begin the year with little to no vacancies. In mid-June, metro Atlanta school districts needed to hire about 1,400 teachers before the school year began. The DeKalb...
Style over substance? Despite critics, DeKalb Schools leaders tout progress
 Since his arrival in 2015, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green has insisted a more rigorous curriculum would better benefit students. He says he’s made dramatic administrative changes that will increase accountability at all levels. Critics say they’ve seen little that shows whether Green’s moves...

Posted: 6 days ago

Since his arrival in 2015, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green has insisted a more rigorous curriculum would better benefit students. He says he’s made dramatic administrative changes that will increase accountability at all levels. Critics say they’ve seen little that shows whether Green’s moves...
Progress or paper changes? DeKalb school chief pushes on
 Two years ago, DeKalb hired its fifth superintendent since 2010 to fix systematic problems such as falling test scores, teacher recruitment, high administrative salaries and transparency. While Superintendent Steve Green has taken steps this year that include a newly redesigned curriculum and removing nine principals from schools needing...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two years ago, DeKalb hired its fifth superintendent since 2010 to fix systematic problems such as falling test scores, teacher recruitment, high administrative salaries and transparency. While Superintendent Steve Green has taken steps this year that include a newly redesigned curriculum and removing nine principals from schools needing...
Aggressive hiring paying off for metro Atlanta school districts
 Metro Atlanta school districts are looking to hire about 1,400 teachers before some begin welcoming students back in about three weeks. Even amid a national teacher shortage of about 60,000 this time last year, and ongoing concerns with fewer people going to college to become educators, hiring teams have concentrated on aggressive hiring...

Posted: 7 days ago

Metro Atlanta school districts are looking to hire about 1,400 teachers before some begin welcoming students back in about three weeks. Even amid a national teacher shortage of about 60,000 this time last year, and ongoing concerns with fewer people going to college to become educators, hiring teams have concentrated on aggressive hiring...
DeKalb Schools holding job fair to help fill nearly 300 teacher vacancies
 The DeKalb County School District will hold another job fair Thursday as it continues to fill hundreds of vacancies ahead of the new school year. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, at 3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia.  With the start of the 2017-2018 school year less than 30 days away...

Posted: 9 days ago

The DeKalb County School District will hold another job fair Thursday as it continues to fill hundreds of vacancies ahead of the new school year. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, at 3991 Snapfinger Road in Lithonia.  With the start of the 2017-2018 school year less than 30 days away...
DeKalb Schools to hold mandatory staff event, in Gwinnett, the day before school begins
 The DeKalb County School District will gather its staff for a mandatory event to “celebrate” ahead of the new school year. But the event is being met with criticism from teachers on social media for several reasons -- it’s being held in Gwinnett County, and on the last teacher planning day before school begins on Aug. 7...

Posted: 10 days ago

The DeKalb County School District will gather its staff for a mandatory event to “celebrate” ahead of the new school year. But the event is being met with criticism from teachers on social media for several reasons -- it’s being held in Gwinnett County, and on the last teacher planning day before school begins on Aug. 7...
DeKalb Schools announces 2017-2018 school schedule
 School will begin for the DeKalb County School District on Aug. 7. District officials released a schedule including vacations and holidays for students across the school year, including the last day of school, May 24. The graduation schedule is not yet available. July 31-Aug. 4, 2017: Teacher preplanning   Aug. 7, 2017: First day of...

Posted: 14 days ago

School will begin for the DeKalb County School District on Aug. 7. District officials released a schedule including vacations and holidays for students across the school year, including the last day of school, May 24. The graduation schedule is not yet available. July 31-Aug. 4, 2017: Teacher preplanning   Aug. 7, 2017: First day of...