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.

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DeKalb Schools to extend school day to make up for days lost to Irma
 DeKalb County Schools officials announced the school day will be extended 20 minutes to make up days lost as the storm known as Irma wreaked havoc on the state.  The extended school day will begin Oct. 2 and run through Dec. 20. Students also will attend school on election day, Nov. 7.  Schools were closed Sept. 11 and reopened...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County Schools officials announced the school day will be extended 20 minutes to make up days lost as the storm known as Irma wreaked havoc on the state.  The extended school day will begin Oct. 2 and run through Dec. 20. Students also will attend school on election day, Nov. 7.  Schools were closed Sept. 11 and reopened...
42 DeKalb Schools classrooms still missing full-time teachers, officials say
 A month into the new school year, the DeKalb County School District still has 42 teacher vacancies to fill. Everett Patrick, the district’s interim human capital management officer, announced the number Tuesday during the district’s monthly school board meeting, delayed a week as Irma caused chaos and closed schools in metro...

Posted: 2 days ago

A month into the new school year, the DeKalb County School District still has 42 teacher vacancies to fill. Everett Patrick, the district’s interim human capital management officer, announced the number Tuesday during the district’s monthly school board meeting, delayed a week as Irma caused chaos and closed schools in metro...
DeKalb Schools teacher suspended for vulgar lyrics in homework assignment
 A music teacher has been removed from her classroom at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School after a homework assignment surfaced where students were subjected to vulgar language in the exercise. The teacher, Bonnecia Williams, is on leave pending an investigation. She’s been a teacher with the school district for two years, having...

Posted: 2 days ago

A music teacher has been removed from her classroom at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School after a homework assignment surfaced where students were subjected to vulgar language in the exercise. The teacher, Bonnecia Williams, is on leave pending an investigation. She’s been a teacher with the school district for two years, having...
DeKalb Schools looking to make up school days lost to Irma
 DeKalb County School District officials are looking at making up the days missed by students after the storm known as Irma charged through the southeast United States.  A fall break scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 could be used as school days, Superintendent Steve Green said during Tuesday’s DeKalb Board of Education meeting...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials are looking at making up the days missed by students after the storm known as Irma charged through the southeast United States.  A fall break scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 could be used as school days, Superintendent Steve Green said during Tuesday’s DeKalb Board of Education meeting...
DeKalb Schools to reopen four days after Irma forces closure
 DeKalb County School District officials said Thursday afternoon that schools will finally reopen Friday after four days of closures due to Tropical Storm Irma and the resulting damage. Thursday morning, the district had 11 schools without power. Just after 4 p.m., district officials said all schools were with power. “While our status...

Posted: 8 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials said Thursday afternoon that schools will finally reopen Friday after four days of closures due to Tropical Storm Irma and the resulting damage. Thursday morning, the district had 11 schools without power. Just after 4 p.m., district officials said all schools were with power. “While our status...
Power outages, tree damage force DeKalb Schools to close a fourth day
 DeKalb Schools will remain closed for a fourth consecutive day, as officials work to restore power to buildings and address schoolhouse damage related to Tropical Storm Irma. The district was the only in metro Atlanta so far to announce a full closure. Fulton County Schools announced a partial closure for Thursday, as only a handful...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb Schools will remain closed for a fourth consecutive day, as officials work to restore power to buildings and address schoolhouse damage related to Tropical Storm Irma. The district was the only in metro Atlanta so far to announce a full closure. Fulton County Schools announced a partial closure for Thursday, as only a handful...
DeKalb Schools: Irma damage prompts third day of closures
 DeKalb County School District officials say schools won’t reopen Wednesday, as more than half the district’s schools are without power. About three dozen school buildings also suffered roof damage after  the storm formerly known as Hurricane Irma downed trees and dumped rain on metro Atlanta, officials said. Administrative buildings...

Posted: 10 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials say schools won’t reopen Wednesday, as more than half the district’s schools are without power. About three dozen school buildings also suffered roof damage after the storm formerly known as Hurricane Irma downed trees and dumped rain on metro Atlanta, officials said. Administrative buildings...
Metro Atlanta schools to remain closed Tuesday
 All metro Atlanta schools will be closed Tuesday as wind and rain from Tropical Storm Irma cause problems in metro Atlanta. Rain began early Monday in the region, with winds picking up as the day progressed. Many in the region lost power as trees and power lines came down as Irma made its approach.  Gwinnett County Schools and Atlanta...

Posted: 11 days ago

All metro Atlanta schools will be closed Tuesday as wind and rain from Tropical Storm Irma cause problems in metro Atlanta. Rain began early Monday in the region, with winds picking up as the day progressed. Many in the region lost power as trees and power lines came down as Irma made its approach.  Gwinnett County Schools and Atlanta...
Metro Atlanta schools cancel classes, activities fearing Hurricane Irma’s impact
 Every school district in metro Atlanta has canceled classes Monday amid growing fears as Hurricane Irma pushes north through Florida, projected to hit Georgia early Monday. Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton school districts, as well as City Schools of Decatur, have also decided to close Tuesday as well. Metro Atlanta is under a tropical storm warning...

Posted: 12 days ago

Every school district in metro Atlanta has canceled classes Monday amid growing fears as Hurricane Irma pushes north through Florida, projected to hit Georgia early Monday. Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton school districts, as well as City Schools of Decatur, have also decided to close Tuesday as well. Metro Atlanta is under a tropical storm warning...
Fearing Hurricane Irma’s impact, DeKalb Schools cancels classes, monthly board meeting
 DeKalb County Schools has canceled classes and its monthly school board meeting, as Hurricane Irma barrels through Florida amid fears the storm will have a serious impact on metro Atlanta. District officials said Sunday that staff and students should not report to school Monday or Tuesday because of inclement weather fears.  “The...

Posted: 12 days ago

DeKalb County Schools has canceled classes and its monthly school board meeting, as Hurricane Irma barrels through Florida amid fears the storm will have a serious impact on metro Atlanta. District officials said Sunday that staff and students should not report to school Monday or Tuesday because of inclement weather fears.  “The...
DeKalb Schools: Students show progress in ACT score performance
 DeKalb County School District students showed progress on the ACT in 2017, but still fell short of the state and national averages. District officials said the district improved its composite score average to 19.8 from 19.4 in 2016. The national average score is 21. Across the state, students taking the test in 2017 averaged 21.4, the second...

Posted: 14 days ago

DeKalb County School District students showed progress on the ACT in 2017, but still fell short of the state and national averages. District officials said the district improved its composite score average to 19.8 from 19.4 in 2016. The national average score is 21. Across the state, students taking the test in 2017 averaged 21.4, the second...