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APS disciplined 2 school leaders over testing violation
 Two Atlanta elementary school administrators received suspensions after a district investigation found testing irregularities that a principal failed to document and report “in a timely manner.” In September, the Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Internal Compliance began looking into an anonymous complaint made on the district&rsquo...

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Two Atlanta elementary school administrators received suspensions after a district investigation found testing irregularities that a principal failed to document and report “in a timely manner.” In September, the Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Internal Compliance began looking into an anonymous complaint made on the district&rsquo...
Atlanta students, who missed 3 days of school meals, can pick up food Friday
 Some Atlanta students didn’t just miss three days of school this week because of snow days, they also missed important school meals. West-side families can pick up food bags to help get through the weekend at the At-Promise Center, 740 Cameron Alexander Blvd. NW. The food will be distributed through 4 p.m. Friday. The effort is...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Some Atlanta students didn’t just miss three days of school this week because of snow days, they also missed important school meals. West-side families can pick up food bags to help get through the weekend at the At-Promise Center, 740 Cameron Alexander Blvd. NW. The food will be distributed through 4 p.m. Friday. The effort is...
How and when should Atlanta schools make up snow days? APS reviews 6 options
 Atlanta Public Schools wants parents to help solve a big conundrum: How should the district make up snow days?After two snow days this week, the number of days the school district has lost this school year to inclement weather -- from snow, ice or Tropical Storm Irma -- now adds up to six. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, in a Thursday blog...

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Atlanta Public Schools wants parents to help solve a big conundrum: How should the district make up snow days?After two snow days this week, the number of days the school district has lost this school year to inclement weather -- from snow, ice or Tropical Storm Irma -- now adds up to six. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, in a Thursday blog...
Metro Atlanta schools announce Friday plans after snow day closures
 After two straight snow days, metro Atlanta schools are announcing plans for Friday, and many have decided to make it three in a row. Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee and Clayton County Public Schools will remain closed. Atlanta Public Schools initially planned to reopen, but decided just after 6 p.m. that it would remain closed, too. DeKalb...

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After two straight snow days, metro Atlanta schools are announcing plans for Friday, and many have decided to make it three in a row. Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee and Clayton County Public Schools will remain closed. Atlanta Public Schools initially planned to reopen, but decided just after 6 p.m. that it would remain closed, too. DeKalb...
Schools, parents don’t want learning, or fun, snowed under
 Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley took to social media Wednesday morning with a plan for his students stuck at home as metro Atlanta contended with icy roads and freezing temps: Go play in the snow. “I think it’s important that we let kids be kids,” he said. “When life, through whatever method...

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Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley took to social media Wednesday morning with a plan for his students stuck at home as metro Atlanta contended with icy roads and freezing temps: Go play in the snow. “I think it’s important that we let kids be kids,” he said. “When life, through whatever method...
Metro Atlanta schools announce Thursday closures as ice, cold linger
 Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett County, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, Marietta City Schools and Henry County Schools are among the area districts to announce they will be closed Thursday because of concerns that ice and cold temperatures will persist. Also closed Thursday are City Schools of Decatur, Fayette...

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Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett County, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, Marietta City Schools and Henry County Schools are among the area districts to announce they will be closed Thursday because of concerns that ice and cold temperatures will persist. Also closed Thursday are City Schools of Decatur, Fayette...
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...

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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...
Mayor moves to hand school deeds back to APS
 Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms moved Tuesday to fulfill a campaign promise to transfer disputed deeds to Atlanta Public Schools, a step the superintendent said will enable the school district to control, sell and swap its properties. The mayor and APS announced an agreement to give the school system deeds to 50 school properties “without...

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms moved Tuesday to fulfill a campaign promise to transfer disputed deeds to Atlanta Public Schools, a step the superintendent said will enable the school district to control, sell and swap its properties. The mayor and APS announced an agreement to give the school system deeds to 50 school properties “without...
Atlanta mayor announces plan to resolve APS deed dispute
 Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would submit an ordinance Tuesday to the city council to give Atlanta Public Schools deeds to properties the school district has sought for years.  The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that Bottoms had reached an agreement to transfer deeds for 50 properties to APS “without...

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she would submit an ordinance Tuesday to the city council to give Atlanta Public Schools deeds to properties the school district has sought for years.  The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that Bottoms had reached an agreement to transfer deeds for 50 properties to APS “without...
Metro Atlanta districts adjust, cancel after-school activities because of weather
 Atlanta, Fulton and Marietta schools announced they will cancel extracurricular and after-school activities Tuesday because of anticipated bad weather, while other districts announced modifications to their schedules. Gwinnett County Public Schools will finish Tuesday evening events by 8 p.m. The district said schools and coaches will...

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Atlanta, Fulton and Marietta schools announced they will cancel extracurricular and after-school activities Tuesday because of anticipated bad weather, while other districts announced modifications to their schedules. Gwinnett County Public Schools will finish Tuesday evening events by 8 p.m. The district said schools and coaches will...
8 famous former students of Atlanta’s David T. Howard School
 The David T. Howard Building opened in  1923 as an elementary school on property donated by its namesake, a former slave who founded Atlanta’s first black-owned bank.  In 1948, the sprawling brick building became a high school where some of the city’s high-profile African-American leaders were educated.  It closed...

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The David T. Howard Building opened in 1923 as an elementary school on property donated by its namesake, a former slave who founded Atlanta’s first black-owned bank.  In 1948, the sprawling brick building became a high school where some of the city’s high-profile African-American leaders were educated.  It closed...
APS construction jobs include updating King’s childhood school
 The big brick David T. Howard Building stands forlorn and fenced off in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. There are a few holes in the windows and cracks on the sidewalk in front of the historic school, which closed in 1976. But by late spring or early summer, the 7.5-acre site on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE will come alive when construction...

Posted: 6 days ago

The big brick David T. Howard Building stands forlorn and fenced off in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. There are a few holes in the windows and cracks on the sidewalk in front of the historic school, which closed in 1976. But by late spring or early summer, the 7.5-acre site on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE will come alive when construction...
Agnes Scott names next president, who champions women’s colleges
 Agnes Scott College named its ninth president Tuesday, choosing a leader who champions global education and predicts a resurgence of women’s colleges. Leocadia “Lee” Zak, 60, greeted several hundred students, alumnae, faculty and staff — many of whom wore purple, the school color, as they crowded into the dining hall...

Posted: 10 days ago

Agnes Scott College named its ninth president Tuesday, choosing a leader who champions global education and predicts a resurgence of women’s colleges. Leocadia “Lee” Zak, 60, greeted several hundred students, alumnae, faculty and staff — many of whom wore purple, the school color, as they crowded into the dining hall...
Agnes Scott College names next president
 Agnes Scott College named Leocadia I. Zak its ninth president. Zak, 60, served seven years as director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to that position and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. She will become president of the Decatur college on July 1 by a unanimous vote of...

Posted: 10 days ago

Agnes Scott College named Leocadia I. Zak its ninth president. Zak, 60, served seven years as director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to that position and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. She will become president of the Decatur college on July 1 by a unanimous vote of...
Atlanta school board’s new leader calls student equity top priority
 The new Atlanta Board of Education chairman named student equity the district’s top priority during his first meeting as leader. Jason Esteves, 34, will serve a two-year term as board chairman after a unanimous vote Monday by the nine-member board. He announced the creation of an equity task force charged with making sure the board...

Posted: 11 days ago

The new Atlanta Board of Education chairman named student equity the district’s top priority during his first meeting as leader. Jason Esteves, 34, will serve a two-year term as board chairman after a unanimous vote Monday by the nine-member board. He announced the creation of an equity task force charged with making sure the board...
Atlanta school board taps Esteves as chairman
 The Atlanta Board of Education picked an attorney to lead its nine-member board, whose members also were sworn in Monday. Jason Esteves, 34, will serve a two-year term as board chairman after a unanimous vote.  At his first meeting, he announced the creation of an equity task force charged with making sure the board has an equity policy...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Atlanta Board of Education picked an attorney to lead its nine-member board, whose members also were sworn in Monday. Jason Esteves, 34, will serve a two-year term as board chairman after a unanimous vote.  At his first meeting, he announced the creation of an equity task force charged with making sure the board has an equity policy...
After Monday closures, metro Atlanta schools start to announce plans to resume class Tuesday
 Metro Atlanta school districts are announcing plans to resume school Tuesday after fears of icy roads and bad driving weather cancelled classes Monday. Among the first to announce plans is Clayton County Public Schools. The district sent out a release just after noon Monday saying it will  resume a regular schedule Tuesday and that a...

Posted: 11 days ago

Metro Atlanta school districts are announcing plans to resume school Tuesday after fears of icy roads and bad driving weather cancelled classes Monday. Among the first to announce plans is Clayton County Public Schools. The district sent out a release just after noon Monday saying it will resume a regular schedule Tuesday and that a...
How metro Atlanta schools determine when to delay or close because of bad weather
 Students were the winners in metro Atlanta school system bets on whether the icy conditions predicted for Monday morning would materialize. The schools put their money on freezing rain and called off classes. Students collected this morning by staying snuggled in bed as parents readied for work, either at the office or from home as finding...

Posted: 11 days ago

Students were the winners in metro Atlanta school system bets on whether the icy conditions predicted for Monday morning would materialize. The schools put their money on freezing rain and called off classes. Students collected this morning by staying snuggled in bed as parents readied for work, either at the office or from home as finding...
As weather closes Gwinnett schools Monday, students told to log in, not come in
 Monday won’t be a complete day off for Gwinnett students. Gwinnett County Public Schools joined other metro Atlanta school districts on Sunday night by announcing it would close school Monday because of weather forecasts that predict icy roads. But in Gwinnett, the state’s largest school district, leaders added extra instructions...

Posted: 12 days ago

Monday won’t be a complete day off for Gwinnett students. Gwinnett County Public Schools joined other metro Atlanta school districts on Sunday night by announcing it would close school Monday because of weather forecasts that predict icy roads. But in Gwinnett, the state’s largest school district, leaders added extra instructions...
Atlanta schools closed Monday, new board to be sworn in but cancels other meetings
 Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday, but the nine-member school board will still be sworn in. The Atlanta Board of Education did cancel later meetings it had planned to hold on Monday, including a 3 p.m. work session to review presentations and a 6 p.m. community meeting to be followed by legislative action on various matters. The...

Posted: 12 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday, but the nine-member school board will still be sworn in. The Atlanta Board of Education did cancel later meetings it had planned to hold on Monday, including a 3 p.m. work session to review presentations and a 6 p.m. community meeting to be followed by legislative action on various matters. The...
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