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Historical markers trace civil rights movement along Atlanta University Center

Several civil rights pioneers gathered Wednesday to unveil 15 historical markers that show the path students took on the Atlanta University Center’s campus to protest injustice and segregation during the Civil Rights Movement. The idea for commemorating the student movement with historic markers began eight years ago, encouraged by Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond whose late father...


Ethics commission dismisses complaint against Atlanta school board member

Ethics commission dismisses complaint against Atlanta school board member

The Atlanta Board of Education Ethics Commission speedily dismissed complaints filed by a school board candidate against an incumbent he hopes to unseat.  The independent panel decided Thursday not to pursue allegations brought by Charlie Stadtlander against incumbent Cynthia Briscoe Brown just weeks before the Nov. 7 election.  The two candidates are running for the at-large seat 8. &ldquo...
Students kneel during national anthem as Olens takes president’s office

Students kneel during national anthem as Olens takes president’s office

As Sam Olens was being installed as president of Kennesaw State University, students took a knee during the national anthem to protest how the school handled cheerleaders who knelt at a football game. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Eric Stirgus, on the KSU campus, reports that about a dozen students knelt at their seats during Olens’ investiture. Students have also scheduled a sit-in...
Kennesaw State prepares to celebrate Olens amid planned protests to support cheerleaders

Kennesaw State prepares to celebrate Olens amid planned protests to support cheerleaders

Kennesaw State University officials are scheduled to have reception on its Campus Green Thursday after a ceremony officially installing Sam Olens as its president, but he may be greeted by some students and others planning a sit-in at the same spot. The sit-in is intended to show support primarily for five cheerleaders who took a knee when the national anthem was played during the football team&rsquo...
Letters at Emory are window into the mind of younger Barack Obama

Letters at Emory are window into the mind of younger Barack Obama

Barack Obama was trying to figure it all out — life, love, his future. It was the early 1980s. The future president was a college student and shared his thoughts with his then-girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, in nine handwritten letters that are part of a special Emory University collection that will available for public viewing for the first time, starting Friday. Emory faculty and officials who&rsquo...
Board of Regents to review KSU handling of cheerleaders’ protest

Board of Regents to review KSU handling of cheerleaders’ protest

The Georgia Board of Regents will conduct a special review of how Kennesaw State University responded to the decision by five African-American cheerleaders to kneel during the national anthem in silent protest of police misconduct and racial inequality. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday that Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart boasted in a series of text...
Cherokee teacher involved in Trump dispute resigns

Cherokee teacher involved in Trump dispute resigns

Lyn Orletsky, the Cherokee County high school teacher who stirred a social media uproar when she told two students to turn their “Make America Great Again” T-shirts inside out, has submitted her resignation, a district spokeswoman said. “Ms. Orletsky this week requested that the school board accept her resignation and release her from her teaching contract effective Nov. 1,&rdquo...
Atlanta school board candidate files ethics complaint against incumbent

Atlanta school board candidate files ethics complaint against incumbent

UPDATE: The Atlanta Board of Education on Thursday dismissed the complaints against board member Cynthia Briscoe Brown. Read about the panel’s decision here. ORIGINAL STORY (published Oct. 18): Weeks before the Nov. 7 election, an Atlanta school board candidate filed an ethics complaint against his opponent, an incumbent whom he alleges offered his campaign worker a job with...
Here’s how and when the Marietta homecoming parade will affect traffic

Here’s how and when the Marietta homecoming parade will affect traffic

It’s homecoming week for Marietta High School, so let this serve as your reminder to avoid being in a motor vehicle around Marietta Square on Friday. Marietta police say the Square will be closed because of the homecoming parade for about an hour starting at 5 p.m. The parade will start on Dobbs Street near Cherokee Street and proceed through the Square and loop around Glover Park before heading...
Suit: Gwinnett school fired Muslim woman who asked for time to pray

Suit: Gwinnett school fired Muslim woman who asked for time to pray

A Gwinnett County custodian was accused of falsifying her job application and then fired after asking supervisors to accommodate her prayer schedule, a federal lawsuit alleges. Penny Deams filed the lawsuit against Gwinnett County Public Schools on Monday. She previously worked at Ferguson Elementary School in Duluth. Deams also previously filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint...
Georgia Regents to review Kennesaw State’s handling of cheerleader protest

Georgia Regents to review Kennesaw State’s handling of cheerleader protest

The Georgia Board of Regents will conduct a special review of how Kennesaw State University responded to the decision by five African-American cheerleaders to kneel during the national anthem in silent protest of police misconduct and racial inequality. “The University System of Georgia is conducting a special review to look into recent allegations raised about athletic processes at Kennesaw...
Where to buy tickets to see Atlanta high school football games Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Where to buy tickets to see Atlanta high school football games Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Wondering where to find tickets to the first high school football games to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium?  Six Atlanta-area high school football teams will get the privilege of playing at the new downtown stadium in an event organizers have dubbed “Battle at the Benz.”  Atlanta Public Schools officials said game-goers can purchase tickets for $15 in advance at Grady...
DeKalb Schools nearly done tackling lead in water at schools

DeKalb Schools nearly done tackling lead in water at schools

In a year of testing lead in water at DeKalb County schools, officials found water fountains, kitchen sinks and other water sources were putting out more metal than was safe. District officials said Tuesday that more work needs to be done, but nearly every school building, athletic complex and administrative office is now in compliance with federal Environmental Protection Agency standards. &ldquo...
Georgia picks leader to improve schools

Georgia picks leader to improve schools

A private job interview is stressful enough, but Tuesday the three finalists for Georgia’s new school “turnaround” position had to perform before a panel of potential bosses, in a meeting that was open to the public. Winning the job after the daylong event was Eric Thomas, a Savannah native who consults with schools across the country in his role with the University of Virginia....
DeKalb district officials still tackling lead in water at schools

DeKalb district officials still tackling lead in water at schools

A year after the DeKalb County School District began testing lead in water at all its buildings, district officials say they’re still addressing several water sources producing lead above federally mandated levels. Atlanta Environmental Management found elevated lead levels in water nearly half the school district’s 145 schools, administrative buildings and athletic facilities in...
Georgia Tech investigating possible food poisoning 

Georgia Tech investigating possible food poisoning 

Georgia Tech officials said Tuesday they are investigating possible food poisoning on the campus. About 50 students have reported symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea in recent days, said Georgia Tech spokeswoman Laura Diamond.  Freshman Evan Chase, 19, said he believed he got sick after eating at the North Avenue dining hall Thursday. “I felt terrible,” he said. “I felt ...
Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked

Georgia’s first school turnaround chief picked

Eric Thomas of the University of Virginia will lead Georgia’s school turnaround program. The Savannah native emerged as the preferred candidate after he and two other former Georgians interviewed in public Tuesday with the state Board of Education. Eric Parker, who grew up in DeKalb County and is the superintendent for laboratory schools on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, and Lannie...
Campaign cash flows to Atlanta school board candidates

Campaign cash flows to Atlanta school board candidates

Atlanta school board candidates are pulling in cash as they push through the final weeks of the campaign season.  All nine school board seats appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.  Two incumbents -- Jason Esteves and Nancy Meister -- are uncontested in their reelection bids. Four incumbents face challengers. Three seats are wide open because the incumbents are seeking other elected offices. ...
KSU students march in support of cheerleaders

KSU students march in support of cheerleaders

“Land of the free, but we can’t take a knee?” That was the rallying cry of a few hundred students at Kennesaw State University who marched through the campus Monday in support of five cheerleaders who ignited a firestorm when they took a knee during the national anthem at a Sept. 30 football game. The young women said the gesture was intended to draw attention to racism and...
Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta

Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta

The three finalists to lead Georgia’s experiment to improve its lowest-performing public schools are working in Kentucky, Texas and Virginia, and two have experience as school administrators in metro Atlanta. Monday’s announcement by the Georgia Department of Education comes just ahead of the public interview of the finalists to be conducted Tuesday morning. The candidates are competing...
Gwinnett schools need more substitute teachers; you may be qualified

Gwinnett schools need more substitute teachers; you may be qualified

Gwinnett County Public Schools needs more substitute teachers in its ranks, and you could be qualified even if you’ve never taught before.  Substitute teachers do not have to be certified to teach. Candidates must have at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from a college approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the organization that certifies teachers statewide...
He couldn’t afford Morehouse; now he’ll be its president

He couldn’t afford Morehouse; now he’ll be its president

David A. Thomas admired the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and wanted to attend Morehouse College, the Atlanta school where King earned his undergraduate degree in 1948. His childhood dream didn’t become a reality because Thomas didn’t receive any financial aid. He went to Yale College instead on a scholarship. Decades later, Thomas, 61, is hoping to make his mark at Morehouse in a different...
Rare Martin Luther writing found at Emory University

Rare Martin Luther writing found at Emory University

A retired professor from Germany made an interesting discovery recently at Emory University. He found a rare writing by Martin Luther, the theologian who began the Protestant Reformation in 16th-century Europe. Ulrich Bubenheimer, a retired professor from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany, and a leading expert on Luther, discovered this new example of Luther’s handwriting...
DeKalb Schools’ ‘Curriculum Road Show’ to make stops in Dunwoody, Clarkston 

DeKalb Schools’ ‘Curriculum Road Show’ to make stops in Dunwoody, Clarkston 

DeKalb County school officials will continue presenting the district’s new curriculum to parents and others at public events geared to give insight into the revamped learning process, officials said. The “Curriculum Road Show,” as it’s been dubbed, will make a stop at Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road in Dunwoody, on Tuesday, and at Clarkston High School, 618 N...
Breaking: Morehouse College names new president

Breaking: Morehouse College names new president

Morehouse College board members have chosen the former dean of Georgetown University’s business school to lead the Atlanta-based, historically black college for men. The board voted late Sunday to name David A. Thomas the college’s 12th president.   Interim president Harold Martin Jr., a former Morehouse board member, will lead the college through the end of the year. Thomas...
Kennesaw State president Sam Olens answers questions about cheerleader protest 

Kennesaw State president Sam Olens answers questions about cheerleader protest 

The recent decision by five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders to take a knee during the national anthem at a football game to protest police misconduct has put the university, and president Sam Olens, in the middle of the ongoing dispute about the appropriateness of such actions. Olens assured Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren the kneeling would “not happen again,” according to one...
Atlanta superintendent donates to school board candidate’s campaign

Atlanta superintendent donates to school board candidate’s campaign

  Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen dipped a toe into school board politics with a $500 contribution to an incumbent running unopposed in his re-election bid.  Carstarphen donated the money in late August to the campaign of Jason Esteves, an at-large Atlanta Board of Education member. He faces no challengers on the Nov. 7 ballot.  “I know the work that...
Gwinnett schools announce top 6 Teacher of the Year finalists

Gwinnett schools announce top 6 Teacher of the Year finalists

Gwinnett County Public Schools officials surprised six of the district’s top teachers in class this week to tell them they were finalists for the Teacher of the Year award. The “sweepstakes prize patrol,” as the district called it, brought signs, balloons and cameras into the teachers’ classes, surprising them with the honor in front of their classes on Oct. 12. ...
Kennesaw State cheerleaders take a knee; some in Cobb take offense

Kennesaw State cheerleaders take a knee; some in Cobb take offense

The nervous cheerleaders prayed, hoping they were doing the right thing before Kennesaw State University’s Sept. 30 football game. As the opening bars of the national anthem rang out and the crowd rose, five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders knelt, siding with National Football League players in a gesture intended to draw attention to police brutality and racism that has drawn the ire of...
Georgia close to picking school turnaround chief

Georgia close to picking school turnaround chief

A search committee has winnowed a list of candidates to lead Georgia’s school turnaround effort, and the state education board will interview the finalists Tuesday. The Education Turnaround Advisory Council has been meeting since June, soon after it was established under a new state law for improving low-performing schools. Members conducted telephone and Skype interviews to reduce...
KSU professor resigns after found passed out, ‘intoxicated’ on campus

KSU professor resigns after found passed out, ‘intoxicated’ on campus

A Kennesaw State University professor says there’s a reason he was found by police passed out, seemingly drunk, inside the school’s student center with a half-empty beer and assorted pills in his truck. Brent Christopher Allsup, of Acworth, was arrested Oct. 5 on three felony drug charges and an open-container misdemeanor count. Allsup blames it on forgetfulness and an accidental...
Jada Pinkett Smith will be honored at Morehouse’s HBCU Power Awards this month

Jada Pinkett Smith will be honored at Morehouse’s HBCU Power Awards this month

Jada Pinkett Smith, who brought the historically black college experience to life on “A Different World,” will soon be honored for her contributions to black institutions on and off screen. Pinkett Smith will be honored during the HBCU Power Awards at Morehouse College on Oct. 20, along with other esteemed alumni of HBCUs, according to Morehouse’s website. The event, which is...
Fulton County program tries to help youth find jobs to prevent crime

Fulton County program tries to help youth find jobs to prevent crime

Rajanae Jones spent her summer working in a law firm through a Fulton County internship program, but she almost didn’t work at all. Jones had applied for jobs in retail and at Six Flags Over Georgia, but hadn’t gotten any calls back. “At that point, I gave up,” the college freshman said. So she was thrilled to be connected to a pilot program for students at some Atlanta and...
LSU arrests highlight ‘devastating’ impact of hazing

LSU arrests highlight ‘devastating’ impact of hazing

The arrests of 10 people associated with a college fraternity for an alleged hazing incident that killed a Roswell freshman are intended to send a tough message: Louisiana State University will not tolerate the alcohol-fueled behavior. But the arrests alone may do little to end a campus tradition that has killed at least one American college student a year since 1961, experts said Wednesday. &ldquo...
New video of Georgia Tech shooting surfaces

New video of Georgia Tech shooting surfaces

New video of the death of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz provides possibly the clearest view yet of last month’s shooting by a campus police officer.  The video, shot by a student in a nearby residential hall and linked via the Twitter account of a lawyer associated with the case, shows Schultz walking slowly towards the officers as they formed a semi-circle — some 20 feet away...
Atlanta school board candidate sues district over election job rule

Atlanta school board candidate sues district over election job rule

An Atlanta school board candidate sued Atlanta Public Schools and the board members she hopes to join over a rule that bars employees of other local school districts from serving on the board.  Patreece Hutcherson is running in the November election for the Atlanta Board of Education District 6 seat, which represents south Atlanta.  The ninth-grade school counselor, who is employed...
Atlanta students get a melodic lesson in money management

Atlanta students get a melodic lesson in money management

When he was a young boy growing up in Wichita, Kansas; the frontman for the band Gooding said financial literacy was not a hot topic of discussion around the dinner table. “I was raised by a single mom, a great woman, but we didn’t talk about this stuff at my house,” said Gooding, who uses the name of the band as his own name...
Transgender student policy at forefront of Decatur schools’ battle

Transgender student policy at forefront of Decatur schools’ battle

The Decatur Board of Education pledged Tuesday to gather more public input about how it treats transgender students after some parents raised concerns about administrative guidelines that allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, among other practices. Board chair Annie Caiola said the board supports instructions issued by Superintendent David Dude in 2016...
KSU change won’t stop their kneeling protest, cheerleaders say

KSU change won’t stop their kneeling protest, cheerleaders say

They’re going to continue to speak out by kneeling down. Five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders who knelt on the football field during the national anthem at a recent game said Tuesday they’ll continue their silent protest in a somewhat different fashion, since a new campus policy prevents them from taking such action on the gridiron. The students said in a group interview Tuesday...
Cobb high school hosting first HBCU panel event for students

Cobb high school hosting first HBCU panel event for students

South Cobb High School is holding an event Wednesday for students to learn about HBCU life. Several of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities will be represented at the hourlong gathering, which starts at 6 p.m. inside the school’s theater. South Cobb administrative staff, school counselors and a panel of HBCU alumni will respond to questions from participants interested...
Cobb rapper Lil Yachty surprises Georgia State journalism class

Cobb rapper Lil Yachty surprises Georgia State journalism class

The students in Christopher Daniel’s music journalism class at Georgia State University didn’t initally realize what was happening on Monday. Rapper Lil Yachty lifted up the hat atop his beaded skinny braids that covered his eyes a bit and then it became clear — the self-proclaimed “King of Teens” was in the classroom. “Everyone was kind of stuck in their...
Kennesaw State cheerleaders will continue to protest

Kennesaw State cheerleaders will continue to protest

Five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders said Tuesday they will continue to kneel to raise awareness about police brutality and other social issues. The cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem before the football team’s Sept. 30 game. KSU announced a new policy a few days later that prevents the cheerleaders from doing so. KSU administrators have said the policy doesn’t have...
Cobb school video equating honor with standing for pledge of allegiance raises concerns

Cobb school video equating honor with standing for pledge of allegiance raises concerns

At a Cobb County middle school Wednesday, a video designed to illustrate the concept of honor focused on a child who didn’t rise for the pledge of allegiance with her class. Eventually, the student comes to see that standing for the pledge honors the Armed Forces and thus rises with the class. Several people contacted me about the video that was shown at Hightower Trail...
Cherokee teacher in Trump T-shirt incident resigns after threats on life, attacks on character

Cherokee teacher in Trump T-shirt incident resigns after threats on life, attacks on character

Cherokee County math teacher Lyn Orletsky announced today she is resigning after her request to two boys to turn their Trump Make America Great Again T-shirts inside out exploded into a social media maelstrom and led to her suspension. She made the request only after students in her pre-algebra class voiced concerns about the message on the shirts worn that morning by...
Fallout from KSU cheerleader protest casts shadow over Sam Olens’ investiture tomorrow

Fallout from KSU cheerleader protest casts shadow over Sam Olens’ investiture tomorrow

Several updates occurred today in the story about the five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders who kneeled during the national anthem in silent protest of police misconduct and racial inequality. Following their actions on Sept. 30, KSU kept the cheerleaders off the field during the anthem, a decision that President Sam Olens attributed to the university’s athletic...
In response to KSU cheerleaders, Olens shows students their fears were justified

In response to KSU cheerleaders, Olens shows students their fears were justified

When news broke a year ago that the Board of Regents intended to name Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to the presidency of Kennesaw State University, faculty and students expressed concern about a politician leading an institution of higher education. Olens had also been a former two-term chairman of Cobb County’s board of commissioners. Turns out those fears were...
College daze: Georgia Tech honors grad shares secrets to maintaining grades & sanity

College daze: Georgia Tech honors grad shares secrets to maintaining grades & sanity

William Konop began tutoring teens for the ACT and SAT while he was still an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. A recent graduate, Konop co-founded of the Seneca Education Group, a tutoring company based out of Alpharetta. A highly requested tutor who began writing math curriculum while still in college, Konop graduated Tech with highest honors in pure mathematics...
To get more girls in math, should we get more men in the classroom?

To get more girls in math, should we get more men in the classroom?

My husband attended his Harvard University reunion this weekend where he was one of the few grads who wasn’t a hedge fund manager or titan of industry. (He’s a journalist, too.) He told me about a fascinating discussion with a fellow alum who is a mathematician and computer scientist with a radical notion about how to interest more girls in math. The woman&rsquo...
Opinion: Data show campus carry is unwise and unnecessary

Opinion: Data show campus carry is unwise and unnecessary

University of North Georgia professor Matthew Boedy continues to examine the impact of campus carry on Georgia’s public campuses. Like many faculty members, Boedy opposes guns in his classroom and has become one of the state’s most ardent and active researchers on the question. Georgia joined a handful of states permitting guns in its institutions of higher education...
Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

The freshly painted mural on a Buford Highway liquor store may seem an unlikely spot for a political statement. But to its creator, Roberto Hernandez, the many-hued hands that reach upward along the once-drab exterior of Atlanta Package tell his chapter in a story that a gutsy immigrant generation wants the nation to hear. Hernandez, 31, was born in Mexico and lived there until 1999, when he and his...
Opinion: Decatur stacks deck against parents opposed to transgender policies

Opinion: Decatur stacks deck against parents opposed to transgender policies

Jane Robbins of Atlanta is an attorney and senior fellow at the American Principles Project, a conservative think tank.​ In this piece, she criticizes the transgender student policy followed by the City of Decatur Schools. The policy is being questioned by some parents, but the school board indicated at a packed public meeting Tuesday it would likely stand by...
Should Kennesaw State president stand up for cheerleaders who knelt down?

Should Kennesaw State president stand up for cheerleaders who knelt down?

In all the debate around athletes taking a knee, no one was as eloquent as 97-year-old World War II veteran  John Middlemas. In a photo went viral, the Missouri farmer took a supportive knee because “those kids have every right to protest.” He’s right. Now, if only Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens would take such a spirited and public...
Atlanta, Cobb, Fulton schools win innovation grants

Atlanta, Cobb, Fulton schools win innovation grants

Four metro Atlanta schools won grants of up to $7,000 each to try innovative programs to teach students. Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta Public Schools will use its $6,998 grant to create a computer science summer program. Students enrollecd in the Georgia Virtual Computer Science Principles course, receive tutorial support, and participate in career exploration activities and college visits...
Is school recess a privilege students earn or a foundation they need?

Is school recess a privilege students earn or a foundation they need?

Is recess a privilege that can be taken away or a foundation of learning that ought to be protected? That seems to be the dividing line in the debate over whether Atlanta Public Schools should rescind its policy that allows the break to be withheld for disciplinary or academic reasons. The policy is under review by the APS school board. The topic has generated many comments...
Opinion: Immigration divides Ivy League America and ordinary working folks

Opinion: Immigration divides Ivy League America and ordinary working folks

Peter Morici is an economist and business professor at the University of Maryland, and a national columnist. In this essay, he examines the nation’s divergent views on immigrants, saying, “What works for Ivy League and elite state university graduates does not rhyme well for ordinary working folks in America’s interior.” He also suggests U.S. immigration...
Atlanta teachers may not be allowed to take away recess for disciplinary reasons

Atlanta teachers may not be allowed to take away recess for disciplinary reasons

Teachers could no longer take away recess from a student for disciplinary or academic reasons under a proposed policy shift the Atlanta Board of Education is considering. An existing Atlanta Public Schools policy, last revised in 2013, states that “breaks may be withheld” for those reasons.  The proposed changes appear in two policies related to instructional scheduling and school...
Will $25 billion wall keep Americans working? Or, will it take new worker mindset?

Will $25 billion wall keep Americans working? Or, will it take new worker mindset?

President Donald Trump wants to build a wall between Mexico and the United States projected to cost $25 billion to stem illegal immigration and protect American-born workers. The wall is the No. 1 priority on the White House immigration principles released Sunday night. Would that be money well spent? The White House press is reporting neither party is likely to endorse that level of funding...
How bad are conditions inside DeKalb County Schools?

How bad are conditions inside DeKalb County Schools?

At several DeKalb County School District buildings, students and staff contend with poorly circulated air conditioning, and garbage cans collect water falling from the ceiling. Teachers have complained for years about the district’s building conditions, saying the problems hinder their ability to teach. District officials point to decreases in manpower over the years, but say efforts recently...
Former Spelman president: We must teach college students to open up about bias

Former Spelman president: We must teach college students to open up about bias

Beverly Daniel Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College. She is directing a new Diversity, Civility and the Liberal Arts Institute for the Council of Independent Colleges, an association of private colleges and universities throughout the country. The institute will take place in June in Atlanta. Tatum is also author of “ Why Are All the Black...
DeKalb Schools working to address school building problems

DeKalb Schools working to address school building problems

At a meeting at Sequoyah Middle School in 2015, parents there to discuss overcrowding at several schools in the area commented on ongoing air conditioning problems at the schoolhouse. Two years later, the problems there persist. Parents and teachers post pictures on social media of trash cans filled to the rim with water from leaky roofs and mold on walls, and tell stories of overheated classrooms...
Teams to face off in multilingual debate at the University of North Georgia

Teams to face off in multilingual debate at the University of North Georgia

Several teams are scheduled to meet next Saturday and Sunday on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus for a major competition. It’s not college football. It’s the Great Latino Debate. The two-day event, at the Martha T. Nesbitt Building, will have teams from five universities debating in English and Spanish. The teams are coming from the universities of North...
Report: Too few minority-owned businesses win contracts for Atlanta school projects

Report: Too few minority-owned businesses win contracts for Atlanta school projects

Atlanta Public Schools awarded fewer contract dollars to minority and women-owned businesses than would be expected based on how many of those firms operate locally, according to a new study.  Disparity questions related to minority vendors emerged when APS officials asked voters last year to support a one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, known as SPLOST. Voters approved the sales...
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