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

School districts prepare for Atlanta’s near-total eclipse
 Think of Monday afternoon’s eclipse as the quiet before the storm. Life will surely come to a standstill at 2:35 p.m. as Atlantans lift their gaze to observe the dark side of the moon when it blocks nearly all of the sun. Then, boom, it’ll be rush hour. And it’ll probably be a doozy, aggravated by late school buses pouring...

Posted: 6 days ago

Think of Monday afternoon’s eclipse as the quiet before the storm. Life will surely come to a standstill at 2:35 p.m. as Atlantans lift their gaze to observe the dark side of the moon when it blocks nearly all of the sun. Then, boom, it’ll be rush hour. And it’ll probably be a doozy, aggravated by late school buses pouring...
National poll finds waning support for charter schools
 An annual education poll finds plummeting approval of charter schools nationally but steadfast support for other types of school choice, such as tax-credits for private school scholarships. Last year, a slim majority of respondents in the Education Next poll, connected to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government...

Posted: 7 days ago

An annual education poll finds plummeting approval of charter schools nationally but steadfast support for other types of school choice, such as tax-credits for private school scholarships. Last year, a slim majority of respondents in the Education Next poll, connected to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government...
More students sign on with Georgia’s ‘German apprentice’ program
 It’s still tiny but Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's program to grow Georgia’s skilled workforce with German-style apprenticeships is now in its second year. The Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training started this time last year with six high school sophomores. On Monday, another 21 signed their intent to complete...

Posted: 7 days ago

It’s still tiny but Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's program to grow Georgia’s skilled workforce with German-style apprenticeships is now in its second year. The Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training started this time last year with six high school sophomores. On Monday, another 21 signed their intent to complete...
Georgia's "German apprentice" program
Franklin Holmes of Newton County captures the moment as son Steven signs his commitment to attend the  GA CATT program, known as the "German apprentice" program because it's based on that country's apprenticeship system.

Posted: 7 days ago

Franklin Holmes of Newton County captures the moment as son Steven signs his commitment to attend the GA CATT program, known as the "German apprentice" program because it's based on that country's apprenticeship system.
Two Atlanta educators lose their appeals in test-cheating case
 Two former Atlanta educators will continue to be labeled “felons” after the the Court of Appeals of Georgia sided against them Friday. Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson, two of the 11 convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating conspiracy, failed to persuade the court to overturn their convictions. Cotman, who was...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two former Atlanta educators will continue to be labeled “felons” after the the Court of Appeals of Georgia sided against them Friday. Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson, two of the 11 convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating conspiracy, failed to persuade the court to overturn their convictions. Cotman, who was...
Educators lose appeal in Atlanta test-cheating case
 Two educators who were convicted for their roles in the Atlanta test-cheating conspiracy failed to reverse their convictions on appeal. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the convictions of Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will stand. Both contended that the trial court erred in its instruction to jurors about conviction...

Posted: 11 days ago

Two educators who were convicted for their roles in the Atlanta test-cheating conspiracy failed to reverse their convictions on appeal. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the convictions of Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will stand. Both contended that the trial court erred in its instruction to jurors about conviction...
Georgia cuts subsidy for certain AP exams
 A new Georgia education policy could boost the number of elite students who go on to study math or engineering in college while also diminishing prospects for poor kids who are focused on the liberal arts. In the recent legislative session, lawmakers quietly changed state policy for subsidizing the cost of high school Advanced Placement exams...

Posted: 13 days ago

A new Georgia education policy could boost the number of elite students who go on to study math or engineering in college while also diminishing prospects for poor kids who are focused on the liberal arts. In the recent legislative session, lawmakers quietly changed state policy for subsidizing the cost of high school Advanced Placement exams...
Some fear change in AP exam subsidy slights low-income students
 A new Georgia education policy could boost the number of elite students who go on to study math or engineering in college while also diminishing prospects for poor kids who are focused on the liberal arts. In the recent legislative session, lawmakers quietly changed state policy for subsidizing the cost of high school Advanced Placement exams...

Posted: 13 days ago

A new Georgia education policy could boost the number of elite students who go on to study math or engineering in college while also diminishing prospects for poor kids who are focused on the liberal arts. In the recent legislative session, lawmakers quietly changed state policy for subsidizing the cost of high school Advanced Placement exams...
Georgia PTA election is over, and this is who won
 The battle over the Georgia PTA is over, with opponents of the current board winning all the open seats after forcing new candidates onto the ballot. A chaotic election process for control of the group began Friday morning. Procedural maneuvers to amend the ballot with new names continued well into the evening, with candidates giving speeches...

Posted: 16 days ago

The battle over the Georgia PTA is over, with opponents of the current board winning all the open seats after forcing new candidates onto the ballot. A chaotic election process for control of the group began Friday morning. Procedural maneuvers to amend the ballot with new names continued well into the evening, with candidates giving speeches...
Georgia PTA election a chaotic affair
 Most people don’t associate their PTA with political intrigue, but the Georgia PTA turned an often boring annual election of state leaders into a fevered process that went half a day past the deadline, with candidates’ speeches pushed back to almost midnight. Voting for the new slate of state PTA leaders was to begin at noon Friday...

Posted: 17 days ago

Most people don’t associate their PTA with political intrigue, but the Georgia PTA turned an often boring annual election of state leaders into a fevered process that went half a day past the deadline, with candidates’ speeches pushed back to almost midnight. Voting for the new slate of state PTA leaders was to begin at noon Friday...
Georgia PTA under the microscope because of controversy
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is following the news out of the state PTA meeting and elections going on in Atlanta. We’ll bring you the news through the day. Here’s what is important to know about what is going on and why it matters. 1. The Georgia PTA has spent months in turmoil since a group of insiders has taken control...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is following the news out of the state PTA meeting and elections going on in Atlanta. We’ll bring you the news through the day. Here’s what is important to know about what is going on and why it matters. 1. The Georgia PTA has spent months in turmoil since a group of insiders has taken control...