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Maureen Downey

Education columnist

Maureen Downey is a longtime reporter for the AJC where she has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy for 19 years. She’s also taught college classes in mass communications and journalism.However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children in them. Her children range in age from 24 to 14, so she’s now dealing with elementary school and college. Her own education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has worked for newspapers in New Jersey and Florida and has covered many school boards. She has won many editorial writing awards, including a National Headliner award. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her AJC editorials on the Genarlow Wilson case. Read Maureen Downey's Get Schooled blog

Latest from Maureen Downey

Lawmaker: Legislature may pass 3 bills that will hurt higher education
 An Atlanta legislator says three pending bills — campus carry, campus rape and no sanctuary campuses — are misguided and damage the universities, students and reputation of higher education in Georgia. Writing in the AJC Get Schooled blog, state Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, saysthe bills severely undermine higher education. &ldquo...

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An Atlanta legislator says three pending bills — campus carry, campus rape and no sanctuary campuses — are misguided and damage the universities, students and reputation of higher education in Georgia. Writing in the AJC Get Schooled blog, state Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, saysthe bills severely undermine higher education. &ldquo...
Opinion: Three bills in Legislature endanger Georgia’s colleges and universities
 UPDATE: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously late Thursday to table HB 51, the campus rape bill referenced in this essay. In this column, state Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, says three bills moving through the Legislature toward passage threaten our higher education system, quality and reputation and don’t...

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UPDATE: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously late Thursday to table HB 51, the campus rape bill referenced in this essay. In this column, state Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, says three bills moving through the Legislature toward passage threaten our higher education system, quality and reputation and don’t...
Opinion: Not all Historically Black Colleges and Universities can be saved. Nor should they be.
 Alvin J. Schexnider is a former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. He is a senior fellow at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and author of “Saving Black Colleges.” By Alvin J. Schexnider The recent meeting of President Donald Trump with black college presidents cast a spotlight on...

Posted: a day ago

Alvin J. Schexnider is a former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University. He is a senior fellow at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and author of “Saving Black Colleges.” By Alvin J. Schexnider The recent meeting of President Donald Trump with black college presidents cast a spotlight on...
Legislature advances OSD-lite bill and more tax credits for private school scholarships
 In its countdown mode, the Legislature advanced several education bills Monday, although few will likely engender meaningful reform. The General Assembly’s machinations tend to tweak at the edges, impose more reporting requirements and create new bureaucracy. House Bill 338 does the latter; the OSD Lite bill...

Posted: 2 days ago

In its countdown mode, the Legislature advanced several education bills Monday, although few will likely engender meaningful reform. The General Assembly’s machinations tend to tweak at the edges, impose more reporting requirements and create new bureaucracy. House Bill 338 does the latter; the OSD Lite bill...
Opinion: Time is running out in Legislature for fairer funding of charter schools
 Matthew L. Evans serves as the manager of advocacy & community engagement for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. In this guest column, he maintains charter school funding falls short in Georgia and urges the General Assembly to address the issue. By Matthew L. Evans No matter where they live, all students deserve the opportunity to receive...

Posted: 2 days ago

Matthew L. Evans serves as the manager of advocacy & community engagement for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. In this guest column, he maintains charter school funding falls short in Georgia and urges the General Assembly to address the issue. By Matthew L. Evans No matter where they live, all students deserve the opportunity to receive...
Is there any evidence guns will make Georgia college campuses safer?
 In pushing through another bill to allow guns on Georgia public college campuses, lawmakers argue that college students need a way to defend themselves. A University of North Georgia professor put that contention to the test and found it lacking. Writing in the AJC Get Schooled blog, Matthew Boedy said,”Advocates of campus carry &ndash...

Posted: 3 days ago

In pushing through another bill to allow guns on Georgia public college campuses, lawmakers argue that college students need a way to defend themselves. A University of North Georgia professor put that contention to the test and found it lacking. Writing in the AJC Get Schooled blog, Matthew Boedy said,”Advocates of campus carry &ndash...
How often has campus carry staved off attacks in states that allow guns on campus? Zero.
 I have two high school seniors likely to end up at public campuses in Georgia next year, one at the University of Georgia and one at Georgia Tech. Despite polls showing the majority of Georgians oppose guns on campus and a veto of a similar bill by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, the General Assembly is trying again. Georgia voters ...

Posted: 3 days ago

I have two high school seniors likely to end up at public campuses in Georgia next year, one at the University of Georgia and one at Georgia Tech. Despite polls showing the majority of Georgians oppose guns on campus and a veto of a similar bill by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, the General Assembly is trying again. Georgia voters ...
How often has campus carry staved off attacks in places that allow guns on campus? Zero.
 I have two high school seniors likely to end up at public campuses in Georgia next year, one at the University of Georgia and one at Georgia Tech. Despite polls showing the majority of Georgians oppose guns on campus and a veto of a similar bill by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, the General Assembly is trying again. Georgia voters ...

Posted: 3 days ago

I have two high school seniors likely to end up at public campuses in Georgia next year, one at the University of Georgia and one at Georgia Tech. Despite polls showing the majority of Georgians oppose guns on campus and a veto of a similar bill by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, the General Assembly is trying again. Georgia voters ...
New school oversight bill grades as incomplete

Posted: 6 days ago

House Bill 338 creates a new, high-level education leader — a chief turnaround officer or CTO — tasked with improving Georgia’s lowest performing schools. Unlike Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, which voters rejected in November as a power grab, the CTO doesn’t kick down the door to school districts...
Lawmakers shoot down option of electing school superintendents to slow revolving door
 The House Education Committee rebuffed a Senate-led initiative Thursday to give Georgia counties the option to elect their local school superintendents who are now appointed by school boards. Senate Resolution 192 – which would require a statewide referendum — would revive a prior state policy that allowed districts the choice...

Posted: 6 days ago

The House Education Committee rebuffed a Senate-led initiative Thursday to give Georgia counties the option to elect their local school superintendents who are now appointed by school boards. Senate Resolution 192 – which would require a statewide referendum — would revive a prior state policy that allowed districts the choice...