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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

Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy opens
 A new state center with a mission to improve reading skills of young children by training teachers to teach them officially opened Thursday. The Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College in Milledgeville is Gov. Nathan Deal’s initiative. He allocated a total of $5.1 million for the center in the 2017 and 2018...

Posted: 2 days ago

A new state center with a mission to improve reading skills of young children by training teachers to teach them officially opened Thursday. The Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College in Milledgeville is Gov. Nathan Deal’s initiative. He allocated a total of $5.1 million for the center in the 2017 and 2018...
Madison, Warren counties praised for charter school innovation
 The school districts for Madison and Warren counties are the winners of this year’s recognition for charter system performance. The 4,900-student Madison County School System near Athens won the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s leadership award, and the 600-student Warren County School District near Augusta won for system...

Posted: 2 days ago

The school districts for Madison and Warren counties are the winners of this year’s recognition for charter system performance. The 4,900-student Madison County School System near Athens won the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s leadership award, and the 600-student Warren County School District near Augusta won for system...
As feds consider Medicaid cuts, state pursues $48 million for school nurses
 Georgia health officials may go after $48.6 million in federal health care funding for schools even as threatened Medicaid cuts in the Obamacare replacement could undermine school budgets. The Department of Community Health board will vote next month on a plan to harness Medicaid to pay for more nurses in schools. The agency, working...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia health officials may go after $48.6 million in federal health care funding for schools even as threatened Medicaid cuts in the Obamacare replacement could undermine school budgets. The Department of Community Health board will vote next month on a plan to harness Medicaid to pay for more nurses in schools. The agency, working...
Poverty: now there’s an app for that
 A Duluth high school student saw a news program about homeless children, and instead of changing the channel he decided to help. Four years and thousands of dollars later, Jack Griffin has developed a free online service that links the hungry with food.  Griffin was a student at Peachtree Ridge High School when he...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Duluth high school student saw a news program about homeless children, and instead of changing the channel he decided to help. Four years and thousands of dollars later, Jack Griffin has developed a free online service that links the hungry with food.  Griffin was a student at Peachtree Ridge High School when he...
Conservative group praises Georgia for charter school legislation
 The American Conservative Union is praising Georgia lawmakers for several bills passed this year, including one to help charter schools. The  ACU lauded that school legislation and bills on other issues, from preventing an increase to the minimum wage to requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to keep a website listing convicts who...

Posted: 5 days ago

The American Conservative Union is praising Georgia lawmakers for several bills passed this year, including one to help charter schools. The ACU lauded that school legislation and bills on other issues, from preventing an increase to the minimum wage to requiring the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to keep a website listing convicts who...
Georgia takes first step in school turnaround plan
 Georgia took its first step toward possible takeover of the state’s lowest-performing schools on Thursday when a newly created advisory group met with the governor’s education board for the first time to begin looking for a turnaround leader. The 11-member Education Turnaround Advisory Council is tasked with advising the Georgia...

Posted: 9 days ago

Georgia took its first step toward possible takeover of the state’s lowest-performing schools on Thursday when a newly created advisory group met with the governor’s education board for the first time to begin looking for a turnaround leader. The 11-member Education Turnaround Advisory Council is tasked with advising the Georgia...
Georgia writes school plan under new federal law
 The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public comment about its plans for implementing the new federal education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill signed by President Barack Obama in December 2015, ended an era of high-stakes test mandates from Washington under the previous No Child Left Behind Act....

Posted: 9 days ago

The Georgia Department of Education is seeking public comment about its plans for implementing the new federal education law. The Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill signed by President Barack Obama in December 2015, ended an era of high-stakes test mandates from Washington under the previous No Child Left Behind Act....
APS superintendent Carstarphen appointed to state “turnaround” panel
 The leader of Atlanta Public Schools will have a formal say in Georgia’s new turnaround effort for low-performing schools. Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Wednesday named APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen to the state’s new Education Turnaround Advisory Council. The group meets for the first time Thursday with the Georgia...

Posted: 10 days ago

The leader of Atlanta Public Schools will have a formal say in Georgia’s new turnaround effort for low-performing schools. Rep. David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, on Wednesday named APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen to the state’s new Education Turnaround Advisory Council. The group meets for the first time Thursday with the Georgia...
Georgia school boards association picks new leaders
 The Georgia School Boards Association elected new leadership at their summer conference. Representatives from 133 school boards met in Savannah last week and approved the slate of officers for the 2017-18 school year. Tom Odom, Chair of the Oconee County School Board, was installed as president. Katrina Young, of the Rockdale County School...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Georgia School Boards Association elected new leadership at their summer conference. Representatives from 133 school boards met in Savannah last week and approved the slate of officers for the 2017-18 school year. Tom Odom, Chair of the Oconee County School Board, was installed as president. Katrina Young, of the Rockdale County School...
Georgia to begin working on lowest-performing schools
 State education leaders will take their first step Thursday toward  intervening in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools. The First Priority Act, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in April, establishes the office of a Chief Turnaround Officer, who will target schools and determine how to intervene. That officer has not yet been hired. He or...

Posted: 11 days ago

State education leaders will take their first step Thursday toward intervening in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools. The First Priority Act, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in April, establishes the office of a Chief Turnaround Officer, who will target schools and determine how to intervene. That officer has not yet been hired. He or...
Georgia names 2018 teacher of the year
 John R. Tibbetts, an economics teacher from Worth County High School in Sylvester, is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. The United States Military Academy graduate served 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including service in Desert Storm. He also earned a master’s degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff...

Posted: 11 days ago

John R. Tibbetts, an economics teacher from Worth County High School in Sylvester, is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. The United States Military Academy graduate served 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including service in Desert Storm. He also earned a master’s degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff...