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

Snow days don’t mean extra days later for most metro students
 Most students in metro Atlanta have missed a week or more of classroom time due to weather this school year, but few have to make up any of it. Nearly every school district has a waiver from the state requirement of a minimum of 180 classroom days. And some, including Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, are keeping their students on track with...

Posted: 2 days ago

Most students in metro Atlanta have missed a week or more of classroom time due to weather this school year, but few have to make up any of it. Nearly every school district has a waiver from the state requirement of a minimum of 180 classroom days. And some, including Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, are keeping their students on track with...
Clayton County Schools will remain closed Friday
 Clayton County Schools officials said school will remain closed Friday due to icy conditions. Schools have been closed since Wednesday after snow begin falling late Tuesday night.  “We recognize our school buses mostly travel on secondary and housing development roads and streets,” Superintendent Morcease Beasley said in...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clayton County Schools officials said school will remain closed Friday due to icy conditions. Schools have been closed since Wednesday after snow begin falling late Tuesday night.  “We recognize our school buses mostly travel on secondary and housing development roads and streets,” Superintendent Morcease Beasley said in...
Metro Atlanta schools announce Friday plans after snow day closures
 After two straight snow days, metro Atlanta schools are announcing plans for Friday, and many have decided to make it three in a row. Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee and Clayton County Public Schools will remain closed. Atlanta Public Schools initially planned to reopen, but decided just after 6 p.m. that it would remain closed, too. DeKalb...

Posted: 2 days ago

After two straight snow days, metro Atlanta schools are announcing plans for Friday, and many have decided to make it three in a row. Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee and Clayton County Public Schools will remain closed. Atlanta Public Schools initially planned to reopen, but decided just after 6 p.m. that it would remain closed, too. DeKalb...
Schools, parents don’t want learning, or fun, snowed under
 Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley took to social media Wednesday morning with a plan for his students stuck at home as metro Atlanta contended with icy roads and freezing temps: Go play in the snow. “I think it’s important that we let kids be kids,” he said. “When life, through whatever method...

Posted: 3 days ago

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley took to social media Wednesday morning with a plan for his students stuck at home as metro Atlanta contended with icy roads and freezing temps: Go play in the snow. “I think it’s important that we let kids be kids,” he said. “When life, through whatever method...
Schools closed today, what about Thursday?
 The dusting of snow, but particularly the glaze of ice under that pretty frosting, caused superintendents across Georgia to call off school Wednesday. Now the question is, what about Thursday? Will schools be open? Melting snow and ice and refreezing water on the roads could make for treacherous conditions with the low temperatures forecast...

Posted: 3 days ago

The dusting of snow, but particularly the glaze of ice under that pretty frosting, caused superintendents across Georgia to call off school Wednesday. Now the question is, what about Thursday? Will schools be open? Melting snow and ice and refreezing water on the roads could make for treacherous conditions with the low temperatures forecast...
Metro Atlanta schools cancel classes Wednesday
 With snow accumulation of at least one inch in metro Atlanta, schools cancelled classes late Tuesday night. It’s the third time in just more than a month that metro Atlanta schools have closed due to weather. DeKalb and Fulton County Schools said in emails that students and staff should stay home ahead of forecasts for frigid temperatures...

Posted: 4 days ago

With snow accumulation of at least one inch in metro Atlanta, schools cancelled classes late Tuesday night. It’s the third time in just more than a month that metro Atlanta schools have closed due to weather. DeKalb and Fulton County Schools said in emails that students and staff should stay home ahead of forecasts for frigid temperatures...
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: 5 days 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....
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: 8 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...
DACA residents await immigration plan as government shutdown looms
 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: 8 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: 11 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: 13 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...