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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

Public dollars for private school scholarships bill passes House
 More private school scholarship dollars at the expense of tax revenue for the state could result from approval Tuesday of an expansion of a tax credit program. House Bill 217 still must get through the Georgia Senate, but approval by the House was a major milestone for the 9-year-old program. The program has been capped at $58 million...

Posted: 17 hours ago

More private school scholarship dollars at the expense of tax revenue for the state could result from approval Tuesday of an expansion of a tax credit program. House Bill 217 still must get through the Georgia Senate, but approval by the House was a major milestone for the 9-year-old program. The program has been capped at $58 million...
Lawmakers take aim at Georgia school sports association
 Age is no guarantee of respect under the Gold Dome, at least for the premier sports authority in Georgia high schools. The General Assembly is pushing two bills that would set up an alternative to the 109-year-old governing body for school athletics, the Georgia High School Association, and its 56-member board. “I don&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

Age is no guarantee of respect under the Gold Dome, at least for the premier sports authority in Georgia high schools. The General Assembly is pushing two bills that would set up an alternative to the 109-year-old governing body for school athletics, the Georgia High School Association, and its 56-member board. “I don&rsquo...
New plan for ‘lowest-performing’ schools advancing through Legislature
 After failing to persuade Georgia voters last year to let the state take over low-performing schools, lawmakers are proposing what they describe as a “collaborative” alternative to avoid another bruising battle. Where Amendment 1 would have empowered an appointee of the governor to seize “chronically failing” schools...

Posted: 4 days ago

After failing to persuade Georgia voters last year to let the state take over low-performing schools, lawmakers are proposing what they describe as a “collaborative” alternative to avoid another bruising battle. Where Amendment 1 would have empowered an appointee of the governor to seize “chronically failing” schools...
Two Georgia districts make “fiscally disadvantaged” list
 A new report that tries to identify inadequate school funding says two Georgia school districts -- Clayton and Newton counties -- are among the nation’s 47 most “fiscally disadvantaged.” The report by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Education Law Center argues that states should amend their...

Posted: 5 days ago

A new report that tries to identify inadequate school funding says two Georgia school districts -- Clayton and Newton counties -- are among the nation’s 47 most “fiscally disadvantaged.” The report by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Education Law Center argues that states should amend their...
Proposal would nearly double tax credits for school scholarships
 Legislation to increase the limit on state tax credits for private school scholarships took a step forward through the General Assembly Wednesday, but the proposed increase is now smaller than originally intended. Georgia currently allots $58 million a year in tax credits for taxpayers who assign money for private school scholarships, but...

Posted: 6 days ago

Legislation to increase the limit on state tax credits for private school scholarships took a step forward through the General Assembly Wednesday, but the proposed increase is now smaller than originally intended. Georgia currently allots $58 million a year in tax credits for taxpayers who assign money for private school scholarships, but...
Students demand a break — every day
 We hold these truths to be self-evident: that life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and school recess are inalienable rights.    That was essentially the message Lilly Nordby Wills brought to Georgia lawmakers this week, hoping to right what she sees as a grave injustice at her Paulding County school.    “We get...

Posted: 7 days ago

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and school recess are inalienable rights.    That was essentially the message Lilly Nordby Wills brought to Georgia lawmakers this week, hoping to right what she sees as a grave injustice at her Paulding County school.    “We get...
Lawmakers reveal a new plan for ‘unacceptable’ schools
 Georgia lawmakers are trying a new approach on the most intractable problem in public education, three months after voters refused to amend the state constitution so that an appointee of the governor could take over “chronically failing” schools. Those two words do not appear in House Bill 338, the much anticipated “plan...

Posted: 18 days ago

Georgia lawmakers are trying a new approach on the most intractable problem in public education, three months after voters refused to amend the state constitution so that an appointee of the governor could take over “chronically failing” schools. Those two words do not appear in House Bill 338, the much anticipated “plan...
Race and rivalry split Georgia PTA
 It’s known for bake sales, art auctions and playground picnics, but the staid reputation of the Georgia PTA is being riven by allegations of strong-arm politics and toxic rivalries that are pushing members away. The board of directors, which is supposed to represent the interests of parents, teachers and children, staged what vanquished...

Posted: 18 days ago

It’s known for bake sales, art auctions and playground picnics, but the staid reputation of the Georgia PTA is being riven by allegations of strong-arm politics and toxic rivalries that are pushing members away. The board of directors, which is supposed to represent the interests of parents, teachers and children, staged what vanquished...
New legislation targets “unacceptable” public schools
 New legislation proposes a state takeover of struggling Georgia schools, in a reaction to the constitutional amendment for “chronically failing” schools that was rejected by voters in November. House Bill 338, introduced Friday, had been anticipated since last year, when Gov. Nathan Deal vowed to push a “plan B&rdquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

New legislation proposes a state takeover of struggling Georgia schools, in a reaction to the constitutional amendment for “chronically failing” schools that was rejected by voters in November. House Bill 338, introduced Friday, had been anticipated since last year, when Gov. Nathan Deal vowed to push a “plan B&rdquo...
Georgia PTA board removes its president
 The Georgia PTA, embroiled in an apparent power struggle, removed its leader over the weekend. Lisa-Marie Haygood gained attention last year as the public face of the PTA, which opposed Gov. Nathan Deal in his call for a constitutional amendment that would have let the state take over what were described as “chronically failing&rdquo...

10:36 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

The Georgia PTA, embroiled in an apparent power struggle, removed its leader over the weekend. Lisa-Marie Haygood gained attention last year as the public face of the PTA, which opposed Gov. Nathan Deal in his call for a constitutional amendment that would have let the state take over what were described as “chronically failing&rdquo...
New ratings out for Georgia school discipline and financial efficiency
 Georgia has released its 2016 “star” ratings for the “climate” in each school and the financial efficiency of each school district. The state Department of Education’s ratings, mandated by state law, accompany but do not affect scores on the annual education report card known as the College and Career Ready...

3:49 PM Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Georgia has released its 2016 “star” ratings for the “climate” in each school and the financial efficiency of each school district. The state Department of Education’s ratings, mandated by state law, accompany but do not affect scores on the annual education report card known as the College and Career Ready...