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

Feds approve Georgia’s “ESSA” plan for schools
 Gov. Nathan Deal wouldn’t sign it, but U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Georgia’s plan to comply with the new federal education law. The U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of Georgia’s plan and the plans of five other states -- Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire-- in...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Gov. Nathan Deal wouldn’t sign it, but U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has approved Georgia’s plan to comply with the new federal education law. The U.S. Department of Education announced the approval of Georgia’s plan and the plans of five other states -- Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire-- in...
Like predecessors, Deal lets Georgia’s scorned school formula persist
 When Georgia leaders wrote a groundbreaking formula in 1985 to change the way the state subsidizes public schools, most students were writing term papers on typewriters and only dreamed of using a “videophone,” like the one in the futuristic cartoon show called “The Jetsons.” More than three decades later, tablets...

Posted: a day ago

When Georgia leaders wrote a groundbreaking formula in 1985 to change the way the state subsidizes public schools, most students were writing term papers on typewriters and only dreamed of using a “videophone,” like the one in the futuristic cartoon show called “The Jetsons.” More than three decades later, tablets...
Snow days don’t mean extra days later for most metro students
 Most students in metro Atlanta have missed a week or more of classroom time due to weather this school year, but few have to make up any of it. Nearly every school district has a waiver from the state requirement of a minimum of 180 classroom days. And some, including Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, are keeping their students on track with...

Posted: a day ago

Most students in metro Atlanta have missed a week or more of classroom time due to weather this school year, but few have to make up any of it. Nearly every school district has a waiver from the state requirement of a minimum of 180 classroom days. And some, including Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, are keeping their students on track with...
Whoops! Atlanta reverses decision to open schools Friday
 Atlanta Public Schools has changed its decision about re-opening Friday, determining that the roads are still too unsafe to travel. On Thursday afternoon, the district had announced that it would re-open after two days of being closed. But after 6:30 p.m., the district released this statement: “Atlanta Public Schools was hopeful that...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta Public Schools has changed its decision about re-opening Friday, determining that the roads are still too unsafe to travel. On Thursday afternoon, the district had announced that it would re-open after two days of being closed. But after 6:30 p.m., the district released this statement: “Atlanta Public Schools was hopeful that...
North metro Atlanta school district decides to re-open Friday
 Forsyth County Schools will re-open Friday after two days of being closed due to treacherous road conditions. Atlanta Public Schools have already announced they’ll open, while Clayton County will remain closed. Other districts, including big ones like Gwinnett and Cobb counties, are still weighing what to do. But the decision announced...

Posted: a day ago

Forsyth County Schools will re-open Friday after two days of being closed due to treacherous road conditions. Atlanta Public Schools have already announced they’ll open, while Clayton County will remain closed. Other districts, including big ones like Gwinnett and Cobb counties, are still weighing what to do. But the decision announced...
Schools closed today, what about Thursday?
 The dusting of snow, but particularly the glaze of ice under that pretty frosting, caused superintendents across Georgia to call off school Wednesday. Now the question is, what about Thursday? Will schools be open? Melting snow and ice and refreezing water on the roads could make for treacherous conditions with the low temperatures forecast...

Posted: 3 days ago

The dusting of snow, but particularly the glaze of ice under that pretty frosting, caused superintendents across Georgia to call off school Wednesday. Now the question is, what about Thursday? Will schools be open? Melting snow and ice and refreezing water on the roads could make for treacherous conditions with the low temperatures forecast...
Metro school districts calling it quits for Wednesday
 School districts across metro Atlanta will be closed Wednesday due to biting temperatures and fears of icy roads. The DeKalb County School District announced first about 9:15 p.m., saying it will close Wednesday “due to frigid temperatures, snow and icy road conditions.” Shortly after, Marietta City, Fulton County, Atlanta...

Posted: 3 days ago

School districts across metro Atlanta will be closed Wednesday due to biting temperatures and fears of icy roads. The DeKalb County School District announced first about 9:15 p.m., saying it will close Wednesday “due to frigid temperatures, snow and icy road conditions.” Shortly after, Marietta City, Fulton County, Atlanta...
Georgia school budgets affected by stagnating population growth
 Schools are still feeling the effects of the Great Recession, which was followed by a dip in childbirths. Georgia bases its education funding for school districts on their enrollment, and that has basically been static, said Ted Beck, chief financial officer for the Georgia Department of Education. It’s up several thousand students...

Posted: 3 days ago

Schools are still feeling the effects of the Great Recession, which was followed by a dip in childbirths. Georgia bases its education funding for school districts on their enrollment, and that has basically been static, said Ted Beck, chief financial officer for the Georgia Department of Education. It’s up several thousand students...
Atlanta weather and schools: tougher calls on closing
 This. Is. Ridiculous. That’s how one woman reacted to the decision to close schools Monday for freezing that didn’t fall. Ever since 2014, a particularly bad year for weather events, Atlanta leaders have been weather wary and willing to shutter schools at the slightest provocation from Mother Nature. Many think that wise, given...

Posted: 8 days ago

This. Is. Ridiculous. That’s how one woman reacted to the decision to close schools Monday for freezing that didn’t fall. Ever since 2014, a particularly bad year for weather events, Atlanta leaders have been weather wary and willing to shutter schools at the slightest provocation from Mother Nature. Many think that wise, given...
Atlanta weather: not a topic for polite conversation
 It used to be only religion and politics that were off the table at dinner parties, but now Atlantans might want to avoid talk of the weather, too. Last week’s decision to close schools across metro Atlanta provoked both indignation and ardent defense. It was the latest debate about misjudged weather calls since the region was crippled...

Posted: 8 days ago

It used to be only religion and politics that were off the table at dinner parties, but now Atlantans might want to avoid talk of the weather, too. Last week’s decision to close schools across metro Atlanta provoked both indignation and ardent defense. It was the latest debate about misjudged weather calls since the region was crippled...
Challengers for Georgia superintendent boast high-profile endorsements
 Georgia’s elections are nearly a year away but several hopefuls are already lining up to challenge school Superintendent Richard Woods. Though qualifying for candidacy isn’t until March, some are already touting big-name endorsements for the down-ballot race. Otha Thornton, a former National PTA president, is backed by Arne Duncan...

Posted: 10 days ago

Georgia’s elections are nearly a year away but several hopefuls are already lining up to challenge school Superintendent Richard Woods. Though qualifying for candidacy isn’t until March, some are already touting big-name endorsements for the down-ballot race. Otha Thornton, a former National PTA president, is backed by Arne Duncan...