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

These Georgia school districts will teach more computer courses
 Atlanta Public Schools is among several Georgia school districts that will benefit from a National Science Foundation grant for computer science education. The $300,000 will help Wiregrass Technical College, Douglas County Schools, Ben Hill County Schools, Brooks County Schools, and Thomas County Schools pilot computer science classes...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools is among several Georgia school districts that will benefit from a National Science Foundation grant for computer science education. The $300,000 will help Wiregrass Technical College, Douglas County Schools, Ben Hill County Schools, Brooks County Schools, and Thomas County Schools pilot computer science classes...
Georgia picks leader to improve schools
 A private job interview is stressful enough, but Tuesday the three finalists for Georgia’s new school “turnaround” position had to perform before a panel of potential bosses, in a meeting that was open to the public. Winning the job after the daylong event was Eric Thomas, a Savannah native who consults with schools across...

Posted: 5 days ago

A private job interview is stressful enough, but Tuesday the three finalists for Georgia’s new school “turnaround” position had to perform before a panel of potential bosses, in a meeting that was open to the public. Winning the job after the daylong event was Eric Thomas, a Savannah native who consults with schools across...
Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked
Oct. 17, 2017, Atlanta -- Eric Thomas, left, emerged as the top candidate for the new job of state Chief Turnaround Officer after the Georgia Board of Education interviewed him and two other candidates Tuesday. The job was created by the Georgia General Assembly this year to improve the state's lowest-performing schools.

Posted: 5 days ago

Oct. 17, 2017, Atlanta -- Eric Thomas, left, emerged as the top candidate for the new job of state Chief Turnaround Officer after the Georgia Board of Education interviewed him and two other candidates Tuesday. The job was created by the Georgia General Assembly this year to improve the state's lowest-performing schools.
Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked
 Eric Thomas of the University of Virginia will lead Georgia’s school turnaround program. The Savannah native emerged as the preferred candidate after he and two other former Georgians interviewed in public Tuesday with the state Board of Education. Eric Parker, who grew up in DeKalb County and is the superintendent for laboratory schools...

Posted: 5 days ago

Eric Thomas of the University of Virginia will lead Georgia’s school turnaround program. The Savannah native emerged as the preferred candidate after he and two other former Georgians interviewed in public Tuesday with the state Board of Education. Eric Parker, who grew up in DeKalb County and is the superintendent for laboratory schools...
Georgia's first Chief Turnaround Officer
Oct. 17, 2017, Atlanta -- From left: Eric Thomas, Eric Parker and Lannie Milon, Jr. interviewed Tuesday for the new job of state Chief Turnaround Officer. It was created by the Georgia General Assembly this year to address the state's lowest-performing schools.

Posted: 5 days ago

Oct. 17, 2017, Atlanta -- From left: Eric Thomas, Eric Parker and Lannie Milon, Jr. interviewed Tuesday for the new job of state Chief Turnaround Officer. It was created by the Georgia General Assembly this year to address the state's lowest-performing schools.
Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta
 The three finalists  to lead Georgia’s experiment to improve its lowest-performing public schools are working in Kentucky, Texas and Virginia, and two have experience as school administrators in metro Atlanta. Monday’s announcement by the Georgia Department of Education comes just ahead of the public interview of the finalists...

Posted: 6 days ago

The three finalists to lead Georgia’s experiment to improve its lowest-performing public schools are working in Kentucky, Texas and Virginia, and two have experience as school administrators in metro Atlanta. Monday’s announcement by the Georgia Department of Education comes just ahead of the public interview of the finalists...
Georgia close to picking school turnaround chief
 A search committee has winnowed a list of candidates to lead Georgia’s school turnaround effort, and the state education board will interview the finalists Tuesday. The Education Turnaround Advisory Council has been meeting since June, soon after it was established under a new state law for improving low-performing schools...

Posted: 9 days ago

A search committee has winnowed a list of candidates to lead Georgia’s school turnaround effort, and the state education board will interview the finalists Tuesday. The Education Turnaround Advisory Council has been meeting since June, soon after it was established under a new state law for improving low-performing schools...
How to secure schools when mass shootings are this common
 In 1966, the scene at the University of Texas stunned the nation, as television captured a sniper in a bell tower firing round after round. It went on for more than an hour, ending with the deaths of more than a dozen and the wounding of at least twice that number.   A half century later, some names — Columbine in Colorado...

Posted: 19 days ago

In 1966, the scene at the University of Texas stunned the nation, as television captured a sniper in a bell tower firing round after round. It went on for more than an hour, ending with the deaths of more than a dozen and the wounding of at least twice that number.   A half century later, some names — Columbine in Colorado...
Schools’ safety considered after Las Vegas massacre
 Schools have suffered some of the nation’s most shocking mass murders in the last decades, so the Las Vegas shooting naturally stirs concerns about the safety of students. In 1966, the scene at the University of Texas stunned the nation, as television captured a sniper in a bell tower firing round after round. It went on for more than...

Posted: 20 days ago

Schools have suffered some of the nation’s most shocking mass murders in the last decades, so the Las Vegas shooting naturally stirs concerns about the safety of students. In 1966, the scene at the University of Texas stunned the nation, as television captured a sniper in a bell tower firing round after round. It went on for more than...
Georgia to search for alternative to standardized state tests
 Standardized state tests have long been the ruler used to rap the knuckles of teachers and principals whose students underperform in Georgia schools, but that could change under a proposal by state Superintendent Richard Woods. In what could be read as a concession to his critics, the state’s elected school chief says he will convene...

Posted: 23 days ago

Standardized state tests have long been the ruler used to rap the knuckles of teachers and principals whose students underperform in Georgia schools, but that could change under a proposal by state Superintendent Richard Woods. In what could be read as a concession to his critics, the state’s elected school chief says he will convene...
Top Georgia leaders at odds over direction of education
 Georgia’s new education plan has driven a wedge between two top state officials: the governor and the elected state superintendent. The two Republicans are fighting over the state’s plan for compliance with the U.S. Every Student Succeeds Act, which Georgia sent to President Donald Trump’s education secretary on Sept. 18...

Posted: 23 days ago

Georgia’s new education plan has driven a wedge between two top state officials: the governor and the elected state superintendent. The two Republicans are fighting over the state’s plan for compliance with the U.S. Every Student Succeeds Act, which Georgia sent to President Donald Trump’s education secretary on Sept. 18...