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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

Governor Deal to sign Georgia school turnaround legislation
 Gov. Nathan Deal will sign school turnaround legislation Thursday. House Bill 338, entitled The First Priority Act, details how the state will intervene in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools in school districts that amend their flexibility contracts to allow it. Deal’s office said he also will sign several other bills at the...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Gov. Nathan Deal will sign school turnaround legislation Thursday. House Bill 338, entitled The First Priority Act, details how the state will intervene in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools in school districts that amend their flexibility contracts to allow it. Deal’s office said he also will sign several other bills at the...
When students die, school counselors treat the emotional wounds
 Death, especially that of a child, brings grief that can be debilitating in the near term and surface months and years later in unexpected ways. So the tragedies rippling across Fulton County’s Langston Hughes High School, which lost four students in a crash Monday, and Cobb’s Lassiter High, which lost two in ...

Posted: a day ago

Death, especially that of a child, brings grief that can be debilitating in the near term and surface months and years later in unexpected ways. So the tragedies rippling across Fulton County’s Langston Hughes High School, which lost four students in a crash Monday, and Cobb’s Lassiter High, which lost two in ...
Seven Fulton high schools on U.S. News’ best of Georgia list
 Nearly one in four of metro Atlanta’s best high schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Georgia are in Fulton County. The district had seven of the 30 metro area schools listed as tops in the state, starting with Fulton Science Academy High, ranked sixth in Georgia and 248th in the nation. Cambridge, Northview...

Posted: 2 days ago

Nearly one in four of metro Atlanta’s best high schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Georgia are in Fulton County. The district had seven of the 30 metro area schools listed as tops in the state, starting with Fulton Science Academy High, ranked sixth in Georgia and 248th in the nation. Cambridge, Northview...
Eight Cobb high schools on U.S. News’ best of Georgia list
 More than one in four of metro Atlanta’s best high schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Georgia are in Cobb County. The district had eight of the 30 metro area schools listed as tops in the state, starting with Walton High, ranked fifth in Georgia and 204th in the nation...

Posted: 2 days ago

More than one in four of metro Atlanta’s best high schools on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list for Georgia are in Cobb County. The district had eight of the 30 metro area schools listed as tops in the state, starting with Walton High, ranked fifth in Georgia and 204th in the nation...
Cobb school board votes to close charter school
 More than a thousand students in Cobb County will have to find a new school next fall after the school board decided to close their charter school. The International Academy of Smyrna’s academic results fell far below what was promised in its five-year charter that was approved by the school board in 2012. After hearing an emotional...

Posted: 6 days ago

More than a thousand students in Cobb County will have to find a new school next fall after the school board decided to close their charter school. The International Academy of Smyrna’s academic results fell far below what was promised in its five-year charter that was approved by the school board in 2012. After hearing an emotional...
First the sticker, now yoga: Cobb schools in another religious fight
 It’s been over a decade since the Cobb County School District laid the “sticker” issue to rest, but now it’s again caught up in a legal fight over religion in schools. Back in 2002, Cobb decided to put a sticker in science textbooks that said evolution is “a theory, not a fact,” plunging itself...

Posted: 7 days ago

It’s been over a decade since the Cobb County School District laid the “sticker” issue to rest, but now it’s again caught up in a legal fight over religion in schools. Back in 2002, Cobb decided to put a sticker in science textbooks that said evolution is “a theory, not a fact,” plunging itself...
Suit says Cobb schools ‘capitulated’ to Christians in yoga flap
 An assistant principal who says she introduced yoga into her Cobb County school to calm down disruptive students is claiming she was victimized by Christian parents who objected on religious grounds, and by a school district that “capitulated” to them. The resulting federal lawsuit jabs a couple of hot-button issues in public...

Posted: 7 days ago

An assistant principal who says she introduced yoga into her Cobb County school to calm down disruptive students is claiming she was victimized by Christian parents who objected on religious grounds, and by a school district that “capitulated” to them. The resulting federal lawsuit jabs a couple of hot-button issues in public...
New initiative to improve metro Atlanta schools
 A new initiative to improve public education in metro Atlanta will report on school performance while looking for, and spreading, ideas for improvement. Former interim Fulton County Superintendent Kenneth Zeff is spearheading the effort, dubbed “Learn4Life.” He is teaming with philanthropies and leaders in business,...

Posted: 9 days ago

A new initiative to improve public education in metro Atlanta will report on school performance while looking for, and spreading, ideas for improvement. Former interim Fulton County Superintendent Kenneth Zeff is spearheading the effort, dubbed “Learn4Life.” He is teaming with philanthropies and leaders in business,...
Northside to get its version of the BeltLine trail
 A bridge collapsing, a highway buckling: Atlanta has long had a reputation for lousy traffic, but the almost apocalyptic incidents on our critical Interstates have a small but apparently growing number seeking other  options for getting around. There aren’t many. MARTA’s been packed, of course. And those lucky enough...

Posted: 8 days ago

A bridge collapsing, a highway buckling: Atlanta has long had a reputation for lousy traffic, but the almost apocalyptic incidents on our critical Interstates have a small but apparently growing number seeking other options for getting around. There aren’t many. MARTA’s been packed, of course. And those lucky enough...