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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

State board of education supports school takeover amendment
Gov. Nathan Deal pushed Senate Bill 133 and Senate Resolution 287, which together would create an Opportunity School District that can take over local schools — if voters approve a Nov. 8 referendum that changes the state constitution. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

5:42 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Local school boards have been adopting resolutions against a constitutional amendment to allow the state to take over “failing” schools, but now the state board of education has taken its own stand — in favor of it.When the dozen members of Georgia Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday for a ...
Atlanta hotel fined after worker freezes to death
Atlanta police were at the Westin Peachtree Plaza after a woman’s body was found in the freezer of the downtown hotel on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

3:02 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Carolyn Robinson died slow and alone in the depths of a downtown Atlanta hotel kitchen, and for that her former employer must pay a $12,000 fine.The 61-year-old East Point woman was found dead in a walk-in freezer last March at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. A video showed her entering the ...
Study says college students perform better with grants than with loans
Students study together in the Atrium Building on the Kennesaw State University Marietta Campus. Phil Skinner/AJC

10:36 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

New research suggests that the grades of college-bound students will be influenced by the kind of financial aid they get. College performance is “strongly” influenced by effort and the motivation driving that effort can be shaped by the arrangement for covering tuition, the paper found. The study, “How You Pay ...
Civil rights groups allege discrimination; school system denies it
A Dunleith Elementary School classroom in 2014. The school is part of Marietta City Schools, which civil rights groups allege discriminates based on race and other factors, segregating students into high- and low-performing classrooms. The district says it doesn’t discriminate against employees, students or the public. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

2:52 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Marietta City Schools is under fire from civil rights groups alleging that bias over more than a century has held back minority students.The tiny independent system in Cobb County denies discriminatory behavior.Two historic civil rights groups — the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the NAACP — joined with a handful ...
A dozen Georgia districts oppose Gov. Nathan Deal on school takeover
Sept. 8, 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal, left, greeted state Superintendent Richard Woods at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis before speaking at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute, an annual conference for superintendents, school board members, principals and other education leaders. Deal promoted his education agenda, which includes a state takeover of “chronically failing” schools. TY TAGAMI/AJC

2:54 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Two more Georgia school districts, including Rockdale County in metro Atlanta, have joined the opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to take over schools deemed to be failing. The Rockdale school board voted 6-1 for a symbolic resolution against the constitutional amendment for an Opportunity School District, according to the ...
Deal blasts critics of his plan for taking over “failing” schools
Sept. 8, 2016. Gov. Nathan Deal, left, greeted state Superintendent Richard Woods at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis before speaking at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute, an annual conference for superintendents, school board members, principals and other education leaders. Deal promoted his education agenda, which includes a state takeover of “chronically failing” schools. TY TAGAMI/AJC

3:06 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

When Gov. Nathan Deal spoke to a roomful of school superintendents Thursday, he praised them for their reticence on one of his most important legislative priorities — a constitutional amendment to empower the state to take over “chronically failing” schools. “They’ve all been pretty good,” he said. “They’ve kept their ...
Gov. Deal lays out education plans and lashes out at critics
Gov. Nathan Deal greeted state Superintendent Richard Woods before speaking at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute, an annual conference for superintendents, school board members, principals and other education leaders. Deal promoted his education agenda, which includes a state take over for “chronically failing” schools, and he lashed out at critics.

11:29 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal told Georgia educational leaders Thursday that his final two years in office will see a pivot to education policy, and he lashed out at critics of his budgets and his push for a state takeover of “chronically failing” schools.Speaking at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute, an annual ...
Clayton school board opposes state taking over “failing” schools
Gov. Nathan Deal pushed for a constitutional amendment on the ballot Nov. 8 that would let the state take over “failing” schools. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

11:13 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

The Clayton County school board has become the first major metro Atlanta school district to openly oppose a proposed constitutional amendment to let the state take over “failing” schools. The board voted unanimously Tuesday for a symbolic resolution against the referendum for a statewide Opportunity School District that is on ...
School boards rebel against proposed takeover of schools, local taxes
Ivy Prep Young Men’s Leadership Academy was on the list for potential state takeover, but the State Charter Schools Commission voted to close it last March. About 60 metro Atlanta schools could be taken over by the state if the constitutional amendment creating a state Opportunity School District is passed by voters in November. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

5:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

With a unanimous vote on a resolution last week, the Cherokee County school board joined about a half dozen of Georgia’s 180 school districts in openly opposing Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed constitutional amendment for an “Opportunity School District.” At least two more school boards will vote on similar resolutions Tuesday. ...
School boards defy Gov. Nathan Deal on state schools takeover
Ivy Prep Young Men’s Leadership Academy was on the list for potential state takeover, but the State Charter Schools Commission voted to close it last March. About 60 metro Atlanta schools could be taken over by the state if the constitutional amendment creating a state Opportunity School District is passed by voters in November. Rae Anne Harkness, a supporter of the state takeover, sent her son to Ivy Prep but withdrew him over concerns about the school’s quality. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

Updated: 6:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

The Cherokee County school board joined a nascent rebellion against Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to take over “failing” schools across the state, and more boards may stand beside them this week. About a half dozen of Georgia’s 180 school districts have challenged the Republican leader’s proposed constitutional amendment for the ...

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