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

Father: DeKalb Schools slow to act after son’s assault by instructor
 A Lakeside High School parent says he is furious that the DeKalb County School District has not acted after allegations that a JROTC instructor choked his son during an out-of-state field trip. William Bedor said the instructor has not missed a day of school because of the investigation, and is still allowed to interact with his...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Lakeside High School parent says he is furious that the DeKalb County School District has not acted after allegations that a JROTC instructor choked his son during an out-of-state field trip. William Bedor said the instructor has not missed a day of school because of the investigation, and is still allowed to interact with his...
Forsyth County parents seek delay to school redistricting plan
 A group of parents filed a lawsuit to delay a school redistricting plan they say will send some high school students to a school several miles farther than two closer high schools. The parent group, Citizens for Common Sense, also claims Forsyth County Schools’ Redistricting Committee held secret meetings, never publicizing meeting...

Posted: 6 days ago

A group of parents filed a lawsuit to delay a school redistricting plan they say will send some high school students to a school several miles farther than two closer high schools. The parent group, Citizens for Common Sense, also claims Forsyth County Schools’ Redistricting Committee held secret meetings, never publicizing meeting...
Lawsuit filed over Forsyth Schools redistricting proposal
 A group of parents in Forsyth County say their children will pass two high schools on the way to class if the school district’s proposed redistricting plan is approved. A lawsuit  filed today seeks to delay the vote, and a letter was sent to the state Attorney General’s Office alleging the district violated open meetings laws...

Posted: 6 days ago

A group of parents in Forsyth County say their children will pass two high schools on the way to class if the school district’s proposed redistricting plan is approved. A lawsuit filed today seeks to delay the vote, and a letter was sent to the state Attorney General’s Office alleging the district violated open meetings laws...
Immigration stories from Atlanta slated for new book
 The teen’s story was too compelling to be left on the cutting room floor. She’d come to the United States from Guatemala earlier this year as a 15-year-old, her 4-month-old child in tow. She traveled to the U.S. border for months, mostly on foot, leaving behind a village with no electricity and little running water. When it came...

Posted: 7 days ago

The teen’s story was too compelling to be left on the cutting room floor. She’d come to the United States from Guatemala earlier this year as a 15-year-old, her 4-month-old child in tow. She traveled to the U.S. border for months, mostly on foot, leaving behind a village with no electricity and little running water. When it came...
DeKalb teacher says incorrect narrative led to her dismissal
 A teacher who came under fire after DeKalb County School District officials said they were unaware she was accused of physically abusing students at an Ohio school district is gone. Sandra Meeks-Speller said Friday in a meeting with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was disappointed that what she calls an inaccurate narrative...

Posted: 9 days ago

A teacher who came under fire after DeKalb County School District officials said they were unaware she was accused of physically abusing students at an Ohio school district is gone. Sandra Meeks-Speller said Friday in a meeting with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she was disappointed that what she calls an inaccurate narrative...
GOP tax plan would drop deduction for teachers’ outlays
 Eric Wittenstein estimates he spent about $1,500 out-of-pocket during his first year as a world history teacher at Cross Keys High School to decorate his room and ensure students had the supplies needed when he started making assignments. He doesn’t like the idea of losing a tax deduction that applies to those kind of expenses. The...

Posted: 12 days ago

Eric Wittenstein estimates he spent about $1,500 out-of-pocket during his first year as a world history teacher at Cross Keys High School to decorate his room and ensure students had the supplies needed when he started making assignments. He doesn’t like the idea of losing a tax deduction that applies to those kind of expenses. The...
#ICYMI: DeKalb Schools are open on Election Day
 School is in session for DeKalb County School District students, who typically are off for Election Day. District officials announced in September that students would attend school today to make up for classes missed when the storm known as Irma twisted through Georgia, downing power lines and trees, leaving millions without power. DeKalb...

Posted: 13 days ago

School is in session for DeKalb County School District students, who typically are off for Election Day. District officials announced in September that students would attend school today to make up for classes missed when the storm known as Irma twisted through Georgia, downing power lines and trees, leaving millions without power. DeKalb...
DeKalb Schools implements new curriculum
 The DeKalb County School District’s new curriculum breaks the school year down in two-week intervals. Students are put through a lesson, broken down by instructional days, followed by work assignments on the lesson and days at the back end to assess and critique the learning process. Teachers, when planning the next two weeks,...

Posted: 13 days ago

The DeKalb County School District’s new curriculum breaks the school year down in two-week intervals. Students are put through a lesson, broken down by instructional days, followed by work assignments on the lesson and days at the back end to assess and critique the learning process. Teachers, when planning the next two weeks,...
DeKalb Schools: New curriculum aims to teach students at all speeds
 In a quiet kindergarten classroom at Decatur’s Narvie J. Harris Elementary School one day recently, Kimyatta Walker’s students were split into three groups, using worksheets, computers and index cards for a lesson on letter sounds. Next door, Natalya Almond’s students crowded around a white board she was writing on, shouting...

Posted: 16 days ago

In a quiet kindergarten classroom at Decatur’s Narvie J. Harris Elementary School one day recently, Kimyatta Walker’s students were split into three groups, using worksheets, computers and index cards for a lesson on letter sounds. Next door, Natalya Almond’s students crowded around a white board she was writing on, shouting...
DeKalb Schools: Applicants to face more scrutiny in selection process
 The case of a teacher hired this summer at Chamblee Middle School has forced DeKalb County School District officials to rethink their hiring process, including how they check the backgrounds of potential candidates. Sandra Meeks-Speller was fired by Toledo Public Schools in 2012 after officials there said she physically assaulted students...

Posted: 17 days ago

The case of a teacher hired this summer at Chamblee Middle School has forced DeKalb County School District officials to rethink their hiring process, including how they check the backgrounds of potential candidates. Sandra Meeks-Speller was fired by Toledo Public Schools in 2012 after officials there said she physically assaulted students...