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Ty Tagami

Education reporter

Ty Tagami writes about K-12 education, focusing on statewide issues. Since 2002, he has covered government, politics, crime and schools for the AJC.

Latest from Ty Tagami

New Birth wielded influence with political leaders, black and white
 More than two decades ago, when he was consecrated as a bishop in a growing coalition of churches, Eddie Long said he and his cadre of youthful ministers were seen as something of a joke among more traditional black churches. “We’re being kind of laughed at, ” he said, when, in 1992, he became a bishop in the Full Gospel...

Posted: a day ago

More than two decades ago, when he was consecrated as a bishop in a growing coalition of churches, Eddie Long said he and his cadre of youthful ministers were seen as something of a joke among more traditional black churches. “We’re being kind of laughed at, ” he said, when, in 1992, he became a bishop in the Full Gospel...
Bishop Eddie Long dies of aggressive form of cancer, church says
 New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s senior pastor Eddie L. Long has died, according to the church. He was 63 years old.   "Today it is with great sadness I announce that our bishop has transitioned,” Bishop Christopher C. Smith said. The expectant crowd, many already informed by social media and text messages...

Posted: 2 days ago

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church’s senior pastor Eddie L. Long has died, according to the church. He was 63 years old.   "Today it is with great sadness I announce that our bishop has transitioned,” Bishop Christopher C. Smith said. The expectant crowd, many already informed by social media and text messages...
Charter schools spark a polarizing debate in Atlanta’s black community
 Voices rose, fingers wagged and the crowd cheered and jeered as the speakers landed their blows. The debate — it was more an argument — about charter schools at Ebenezer Baptist Church established one clear fact: school choice, a blanket term for alternatives to the traditional educational system, is a controversial topic among...

Posted: 3 days ago

Voices rose, fingers wagged and the crowd cheered and jeered as the speakers landed their blows. The debate — it was more an argument — about charter schools at Ebenezer Baptist Church established one clear fact: school choice, a blanket term for alternatives to the traditional educational system, is a controversial topic among...
Gov. Nathan Deal to focus on “chronically failing” elementary schools
 Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged the value of teachers in his state of the state address Wednesday, calling them selfless public servants and offering them a pay raise in his budget, but he also said more money is not the cure for “chronically failing” schools. Deal offered no details about his much-anticipated plans to address schools...

Posted: 5 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledged the value of teachers in his state of the state address Wednesday, calling them selfless public servants and offering them a pay raise in his budget, but he also said more money is not the cure for “chronically failing” schools. Deal offered no details about his much-anticipated plans to address schools...
Georgians support school choice; many don’t oppose sending tax dollars to private schools
 Georgia voters are ready to embrace more charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools, and many favor choice even if it means sending tax dollars to private or religious institutions, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found.   The poll found strong support for expansion of what people in education...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia voters are ready to embrace more charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools, and many favor choice even if it means sending tax dollars to private or religious institutions, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found.   The poll found strong support for expansion of what people in education...
Governor names two new state school board members
 Gov. Nathan Deal has named two new members to the Georgia Board of Education:  Mike Cheokas of Americus and and Lee Anne Cowart of Thomson. Cheokas will represent the 2nd Congressional District, replacing W.T. Henry. Cowart will represent the 10th Congressional District, replacing Brian Burdette. Cheokas, a businessman who owns a liquor...

Posted: 7 days ago

Gov. Nathan Deal has named two new members to the Georgia Board of Education: Mike Cheokas of Americus and and Lee Anne Cowart of Thomson. Cheokas will represent the 2nd Congressional District, replacing W.T. Henry. Cowart will represent the 10th Congressional District, replacing Brian Burdette. Cheokas, a businessman who owns a liquor...
AJC poll finds support for school choice, vouchers
 Georgia voters appear ready to embrace more charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools, and many favor choice even if it means sending tax dollars to private or religious institutions, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. With the election of Donald Trump, the diversification of America&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia voters appear ready to embrace more charter schools and other alternatives to traditional public schools, and many favor choice even if it means sending tax dollars to private or religious institutions, a new poll for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has found. With the election of Donald Trump, the diversification of America&rsquo...
Atlanta schools resume normal operations Monday
 While some school districts, cautions about road conditions, will remain closed Monday, Atlanta Public Schools will open. A spokeswoman said the district’s schools will receive students on the normal schedule.

Posted: 8 days ago

While some school districts, cautions about road conditions, will remain closed Monday, Atlanta Public Schools will open. A spokeswoman said the district’s schools will receive students on the normal schedule.
Kennesaw State University to open late on Monday
 The weekend snow and ice storm has caused K-12 schools in Cobb County and other districts to the north to remain closed Monday, and now Kennesaw State University is announcing that it, too, is affected. The university will open later than usual Monday -- at noon.

Posted: 8 days ago

The weekend snow and ice storm has caused K-12 schools in Cobb County and other districts to the north to remain closed Monday, and now Kennesaw State University is announcing that it, too, is affected. The university will open later than usual Monday -- at noon.
Gwinnett schools to open as usual Monday
 Gwinnett County schools will open on the normal schedule Monday. Though road conditions led officials in some districts to the north to close, districts to the south, including Gwinnett, see safer travel conditions.

Posted: 8 days ago

Gwinnett County schools will open on the normal schedule Monday. Though road conditions led officials in some districts to the north to close, districts to the south, including Gwinnett, see safer travel conditions.
Marietta schools to close Monday
 While parts of metro Atlanta were basically snow free Sunday, areas to the north continued to have spotty road conditions. Marietta schools announced  Sunday afternoon that they will be closed Monday “out of an abundance of caution.” State road officials said the worst had passed, but school officials remain wary of shady...

Posted: 8 days ago

While parts of metro Atlanta were basically snow free Sunday, areas to the north continued to have spotty road conditions. Marietta schools announced Sunday afternoon that they will be closed Monday “out of an abundance of caution.” State road officials said the worst had passed, but school officials remain wary of shady...