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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

Ex-DeKalb Schools employee faces charges for striking student
 A former DeKalb County School District employee is facing charges after he allegedly struck a student at McLendon Elementary School in an incident in April, the third incident involving employee misconduct to surface this week. Frederico Bryant, 40, resigned from the school district on May 12, school district officials said responding...

Posted: 2 days ago

A former DeKalb County School District employee is facing charges after he allegedly struck a student at McLendon Elementary School in an incident in April, the third incident involving employee misconduct to surface this week. Frederico Bryant, 40, resigned from the school district on May 12, school district officials said responding...
Cross Keys valedictorian says his success fueled by immigrant parents’ sacrifice
 Abdul Azizi said when he and his family fled Afghanistan in 1983, the country was in the middle of a devastating war with Soviet forces. No one could see it ending well.  At the time, He was studying law at a university in Kabul, with a prestigious career path carved out for himself. His wife, Nabila, was studying business when...

Posted: 2 days ago

Abdul Azizi said when he and his family fled Afghanistan in 1983, the country was in the middle of a devastating war with Soviet forces. No one could see it ending well.  At the time, He was studying law at a university in Kabul, with a prestigious career path carved out for himself. His wife, Nabila, was studying business when...
Harvard-bound DeKalb grad looks ahead because immigrant parents left all behind
 In a way, Yusuf Azizi going to Harvard is his parents’ American dream realized. The 17-year-old, who graduated as Cross Keys High School’s valedictorian Thursday, said his success is fueled by a decision his parents made to leave Afghanistan and sacrifice promising careers to make a better life in the U.S. for a family they...

Posted: 3 days ago

In a way, Yusuf Azizi going to Harvard is his parents’ American dream realized. The 17-year-old, who graduated as Cross Keys High School’s valedictorian Thursday, said his success is fueled by a decision his parents made to leave Afghanistan and sacrifice promising careers to make a better life in the U.S. for a family they...
Teacher, paraprofessional in taped fight will be fired, DeKalb Schools officials say
 A teacher and a paraprofessional at Stone Mountain Middle School have been removed from the school and charged with disorderly conduct in a public place following a fight Friday that was caught on tape by students. Brittany Randolph-Johnson and Milan Etheridge, both 27, were charged Friday with one count each of disrupting public school...

Posted: 5 days ago

A teacher and a paraprofessional at Stone Mountain Middle School have been removed from the school and charged with disorderly conduct in a public place following a fight Friday that was caught on tape by students. Brittany Randolph-Johnson and Milan Etheridge, both 27, were charged Friday with one count each of disrupting public school...
Cobb seniors pay visit, tribute, to teachers who laid their foundation
 Old and new teachers at McCall Primary School in Acworth took a stroll down memory lane as they were surprised by students from the school’s first graduating class, who’ll graduate from high school this year. The teachers were gathered for an event in the school’s library when about two dozen seniors from North Cobb High...

Posted: 5 days ago

Old and new teachers at McCall Primary School in Acworth took a stroll down memory lane as they were surprised by students from the school’s first graduating class, who’ll graduate from high school this year. The teachers were gathered for an event in the school’s library when about two dozen seniors from North Cobb High...
DeKalb teachers: Test scores alone don’t show principals’ effectiveness
 The numbers don’t tell the story, teachers said. Dozens of teachers showed up to Monday’s DeKalb County Board of Education meeting to support several principals told last week they were being reassigned for the upcoming school year. Their comments addressed the measurements used by Superintendent Steve Green — primarily...

Posted: 12 days ago

The numbers don’t tell the story, teachers said. Dozens of teachers showed up to Monday’s DeKalb County Board of Education meeting to support several principals told last week they were being reassigned for the upcoming school year. Their comments addressed the measurements used by Superintendent Steve Green — primarily...
DeKalb principals’ removal draws fire at school board meeting
 Parents and teachers and at least one school board member blasted the decision to replace nine DeKalb County elementary school principals as being either hastily done or discounting progress made under a reassigned principal’s leadership. Their comments during Monday’s monthly school board meeting followed the notice the...

Posted: 13 days ago

Parents and teachers and at least one school board member blasted the decision to replace nine DeKalb County elementary school principals as being either hastily done or discounting progress made under a reassigned principal’s leadership. Their comments during Monday’s monthly school board meeting followed the notice the...
9 DeKalb County principals removed in plan to improve school progress
 Nine DeKalb County elementary schools are losing their principals this school year in what Superintendent Steve Green says are efforts to breathe life into schools not demonstrating progress in several key areas. District officials said letters were sent home with students from Dresden, Rock Chapel, Panola Way, Oak View, International...

Posted: 16 days ago

Nine DeKalb County elementary schools are losing their principals this school year in what Superintendent Steve Green says are efforts to breathe life into schools not demonstrating progress in several key areas. District officials said letters were sent home with students from Dresden, Rock Chapel, Panola Way, Oak View, International...
Clark Atlanta student leaders want employee accused of bullying fired
 The student leadership at Clark Atlanta University has asked that a high-ranking university official, whom they say is currently on leave and facing allegations she bullied students, be terminated. In a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Morrison, Stacy Roberson and Adrain Artary — respectively the graduate and undergraduate...

Posted: 18 days ago

The student leadership at Clark Atlanta University has asked that a high-ranking university official, whom they say is currently on leave and facing allegations she bullied students, be terminated. In a letter to Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Morrison, Stacy Roberson and Adrain Artary — respectively the graduate and undergraduate...
DeKalb Schools’ temporary classrooms in Dunwoody aren’t certified for use
 Dunwoody’s City Council approved an agreement between the city and the DeKalb County School District which seeks to streamline the method through which district structures are permitted for use. A snafu in the process has resulted in no recently installed portable classrooms at DeKalb County schools in the city having certificates of...

Posted: 19 days ago

Dunwoody’s City Council approved an agreement between the city and the DeKalb County School District which seeks to streamline the method through which district structures are permitted for use. A snafu in the process has resulted in no recently installed portable classrooms at DeKalb County schools in the city having certificates of...
Ron Clark wants more people to see Atlanta school’s teaching methods
 Do Ron Clark Academy’s unorthodox engagement methods work? Ask an outsider. Bill McAllister said he brought a handful of teachers with him during his first visit to the school in 2008. In the first class, Ron Clark was teaching math McAllister thought too advanced for the students learning it. Clark asked a question and focused...

Posted: 19 days ago

Do Ron Clark Academy’s unorthodox engagement methods work? Ask an outsider. Bill McAllister said he brought a handful of teachers with him during his first visit to the school in 2008. In the first class, Ron Clark was teaching math McAllister thought too advanced for the students learning it. Clark asked a question and focused...