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Errors in financial, housing red tape can snarl first day on campus

The fall semester often begins with familiar complaints from some students and parents on many college campuses. The school didn’t properly process the student’s financial paperwork. The college erred and the student has nowhere to live on campus. This year was no different for some metro Atlanta campuses. More than 150 Clark Atlanta University students said the university had no dorms...


Atlanta school board considers goals for 2018-19 year

Atlanta school board considers goals for 2018-19 year

This year will be all about planning for the Atlanta Board of Education. The school board is finalizing its goals for the 2018-2019 year, even though school began Aug. 1.
Atlanta University Center opens finance lab 

Atlanta University Center opens finance lab 

Atlanta University Center leaders Thursday afternoon opened a finance lab, complete with 13 computer stations with Bloomberg Terminal software that will primarily be used by students exploring careers in business, economics and finance.
Walton Foundation gives Spelman College $5.4 million for arts education 

Walton Foundation gives Spelman College $5.4 million for arts education 

The Walton Family Foundation has given Spelman College $5.4 million to create an educational pipeline into art museum leadership to increase diversity in that field, the college announced Thursday.  The money will be used to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies.
DeKalb Schools chief of staff takes new position reporting to school board

DeKalb Schools chief of staff takes new position reporting to school board

Ramona Tyson, chief of staff for the DeKalb County School District, has taken a new job with the district, where she will report to the school board.  The new position, executive administrator, is part of a reorganization plan approved by the DeKalb Board of Education at its meeting on Sept. 10.
DeKalb Schools: Technology chief leaving for city of Atlanta

DeKalb Schools: Technology chief leaving for city of Atlanta

Gary Brantley, DeKalb County School District’s chief information officer, is leaving the district after seven years to work for the city of Atlanta in the same capacity. Brantley will begin with the city on Oct. 8. Former DeKalb Schools Chief Operations Officer Joshua Williams left his post to work for the city last month.
Morehouse hires former NBA lottery pick, UGA star as assistant coach

Morehouse hires former NBA lottery pick, UGA star as assistant coach

After retiring from playing basketball three years ago, Jarvis Hayes is ready to become a full-time coach. The former Georgia Bulldog star played in the NBA and in Turkey, Russia, Israel, Italy, Romania and Qatar. When the ball stopped bouncing, he coached AAU for a bit and also worked for NBA TV and the SEC Network.
Three metro Atlanta students among finalists for national science award

Three metro Atlanta students among finalists for national science award

William Jenkins  from The Westminster Schools, Kennedy Rogers from Chapel Hill Middle School in DeKalb County, and Asmi Kumar from Northwestern Middle School in Fulton County have been named among the top young scientists in the country and will compete for more than $100,000 in awards.  William, 14, designed and built an automatic tennis ball sorter.
Fulton County Schools graduation rates remain steady in 2018

Fulton County Schools graduation rates remain steady in 2018

Across the county, graduation rates among high school seniors in Fulton County Schools remained the same this year. The grad rate for the class of 2018 was 86.8 percent, matching the 2017 rate, according to data released Wednesday from the Georgia Department of Education. In total, 6,708 of 7,731 seniors graduated from Fulton schools in 2018.
Gwinnett high school graduation rate up in 2018, matches state rate

Gwinnett high school graduation rate up in 2018, matches state rate

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ 2018 graduation rate is nearly identical to the state of Georgia’s recent high of 81.6 percent, new state data show. Gwinnett County’s graduation rate was 81.7 percent in 2018, up from 78.1 percent in 2016. Buford High School, the only high school in Buford City Schools, had a graduation rate of 93.2 percent, up from 91.3 percent in 2016.
Decatur High School graduation rate remains high despite slight dip 

Decatur High School graduation rate remains high despite slight dip 

Decatur High School graduated 95.4 percent of its students in 2018, down just a bit from the previous year’s graduation rate, according to data released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education.  During the 2016-2017 school year, Decatur High — the only high school in the City Schools of Decatur district — had a 96 percent graduation rate, according to the state.
Graduation rates increased for most Cobb high schools in 2018

Graduation rates increased for most Cobb high schools in 2018

There remains a large disparity between first and last when it comes to Cobb County’s 2018 high school graduation rates. Still, most county schools were above the state average. According to Georgia Department of Education statistics released Wednesday, the graduation rate in Cobb is 85.2 percent, compared to 83.6 percent the year before and 83.8 percent the year before that.
DeKalb Schools’ graduation rate increases again

DeKalb Schools’ graduation rate increases again

The DeKalb County School District saw its graduation rate rise another percentage point to 75, surpassing the previous year's 74 percent record rate.  The district’s graduation rate has risen 15.5 percentage points since 2013, including 10.5 points between 2013 and 2015.
Atlanta high school graduation rate increases, approaches state average

Atlanta high school graduation rate increases, approaches state average

Atlanta Public Schools bumped its graduation rate to 79.9 percent and drew closer to the statewide average, according to data released Wednesday.  The graduation rate for Atlanta’s class of 2018 is 2.9 percentage points higher than the 2017 rate of 77 percent. APS still falls behind the Georgia average of 81.6 percent, but it has narrowed that gap.
Georgia’s high school graduation rate climbs to 81.6 percent

Georgia’s high school graduation rate climbs to 81.6 percent

Georgia’s high school graduation rate ticked up once again in 2018 to 81.6 percent.  That reflects a one percentage point increase from the class of 2017, according to data released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education.  The statewide graduation rate has climbed from 69.7 percent in 2012, the first year Georgia began using a federal measure to calculate rates.
Clayton graduation rates climb for 2018

Clayton graduation rates climb for 2018

Clayton County’s high school graduation rate rose this year, though Clayton County students still graduate at rates below the state average.  Districtwide, Clayton’s graduation rate for the Class of 2018 rose 2.1 percentage points, reaching 71.7 percent. The school system’s rate of improvement is about double the state average. Statewide, the graduation rate was 81.
Georgia educator group endorses Abrams for governor

Georgia educator group endorses Abrams for governor

The Georgia Association of Educators, one of the state’s largest education groups, has endorsed Stacey Abrams in the governor’s race. The association, which has about 30,000 members, scheduled a news conference Wednesday with Abrams at a school in East Atlanta to announce the endorsement.
UGA works to resolve career fair schedule conflict on Jewish holy day

UGA works to resolve career fair schedule conflict on Jewish holy day

University of Georgia officials, facing complaints about holding the fall career fair on the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar, are working to serve students who won’t be able to attend the event. Some students and organizations recently raised concerns about the timing of the career fair on Yom Kippur, which is Wednesday.
Metro Atlanta schools address ‘digital divide’

Metro Atlanta schools address ‘digital divide’

When rain, wind, and then snow forced metro Atlanta school districts to close repeatedly last year, several systems told students to log into computers at home and keep up with classes digitally. Atlanta Public Schools balked at the tech-driven approach to make up lost days. Leaders questioned whether it would be fair, since not all students have internet access and computers.
One year after student’s tragic death, Tech touts reforms

One year after student’s tragic death, Tech touts reforms

Brilliant but troubled. An outcast and a leader. Scout Schultz was also a provocateur, even in death. The police-involved shooting of the 21-year-old Georgia Tech student on Sept.
Google’s online science fair launches in Atlanta 

Google’s online science fair launches in Atlanta 

Tech-giant Google launched its 2018 Google Science Fair in Atlanta on Thursday. Students ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit projects online through Dec. 12 for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and other prizes.
Metro Atlanta schools help parents let go of ‘mom guilt’

Metro Atlanta schools help parents let go of ‘mom guilt’

Although “mom guilt” is a relatively new term, the anxious feelings that you aren’t doing enough for your child has been around for decades. Responsibilities at work and at home keep parents in a constant balancing act, often wondering whether they’re doing enough for their children.
Battle over when to start school in Georgia begins again

Battle over when to start school in Georgia begins again

Call it the calendar conundrum. The great date debate, the fray over Labor Day: When should school start? For some, August is sacrosanct — a month made for family vacations, summer jobs and books on the beach. Others are just fine with the early August start date favored by many metro Atlanta districts. September is too late to resume classroom instruction, they say.
Atlanta schools ‘closely monitoring’ Hurricane Florence 

Atlanta schools ‘closely monitoring’ Hurricane Florence 

Atlanta Public Schools is “closely monitoring” the hurricane expected to hit the Carolina coast later this week, district officials said in a statement released Tuesday. While the impact to Georgia is expected to be limited, APS said some forecasts show possible increased heavy rain or wind from remnants of Hurricane Florence in the eastern part of the state.
Officials unveil $20 million financial tech academy at Georgia State

Officials unveil $20 million financial tech academy at Georgia State

University System of Georgia officials announced Tuesday they’re starting a hub at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business for all 26 colleges and universities in the system to learn and train more students for careers in the financial technology industry, saying there’s a labor gap in the state.
Jesse Jackson to urge Atlanta high schoolers to vote 

Jesse Jackson to urge Atlanta high schoolers to vote 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak to Atlanta high school students Tuesday. The civil rights leader is scheduled to address students during an assembly Tuesday at Washington High School.  He’ll talk about the importance of registering to vote and casting a ballot, according to Atlanta Public Schools officials.
Q&A with Ga Student Finance Commission leader on HOPE Scholarship

Q&A with Ga Student Finance Commission leader on HOPE Scholarship

Caylee Noggle is responsible for one of the most important organizations in Georgia government. As interim president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, Noggle oversees management of the HOPE Scholarship, Zell Miller Scholarship and several other programs that help pay tuition for about 170,000 students.
Georgia colleges score top marks on prestigious national rankings list

Georgia colleges score top marks on prestigious national rankings list

Three metro Atlanta colleges were ranked at the top of a list of nation’s most innovative schools and another Atlanta college was named America’s best Historically Black College & University in rankings released Monday by U.S. News & World Report. Georgia State University and Georgia Tech were ranked, respectively, as the nation’s second and fourth-most innovative colleges.
As HOPE marks 25 years, some say changes could aid more students

As HOPE marks 25 years, some say changes could aid more students

It was Skylar Huggett’s second chance, and she knew she had to get it right this time. Huggett earned a HOPE Scholarship to attend Armstrong State University but, as she put it, she “enjoyed the social aspects of college a little too much.
South Fulton parents rally to back school superintendent

South Fulton parents rally to back school superintendent

A decision to delay the Fulton County Schools superintendent’s annual evaluation has alarmed some parents who want to make sure he remains the district’s leader. A group called South Fulton Parents for Education is rallying on behalf of Superintendent Jeff Rose. They’ve ordered T-Shirts that say “We support Dr.
Kennesaw State cheerleader sues officials over national anthem protests

Kennesaw State cheerleader sues officials over national anthem protests

A Kennesaw State University student has filed a lawsuit accusing university and elected officials of violating her civil rights during a dispute over her decision and other cheerleaders to kneel during the national anthem at football games last year to protest police brutality and racial discrimination.
Georgia Piedmont Tech has new president

Georgia Piedmont Tech has new president

The Technical College System of Georgia on Thursday selected a vice president of one of its colleges as the new president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Tavarez Holston, vice president for academic affairs at Lanier Technical College since 2013, will be president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. He starts Sept. 10.
DeKalb custodian teaches students how to care

DeKalb custodian teaches students how to care

In a small storage room off the Tucker High School cafeteria, custodian Carolyn Collins is changing lives. “The Giving Closet,” as it has been named, is stuffed with shampoos and school supplies, snacks and shoes.
Gwinnett student awarded scholarship from Jay-Z, Beyonce 

Gwinnett student awarded scholarship from Jay-Z, Beyonce 

Although doing good is often its own reward, a Gwinnett County high school senior found out that hard work and caring for others sometimes brings unexpected good things your way. Karissa Jackson, a Discovery High School student, has been awarded a $100,000 scholarship by music power couple Beyonce` and Jay-Z.
Atlanta schools plan to start later next year

Atlanta schools plan to start later next year

Summer break could get a bit longer for Atlanta students. The Atlanta school board on Tuesday tentatively approved calendars for the next three years that call for school to start on the second Monday in August, more than a week later than recent years. This year, Atlanta Public Schools began classes on Aug. 1  and will end the school year May 24.
Amid U.S. shortage, metro Atlanta schools try to lure teachers to stay

Amid U.S. shortage, metro Atlanta schools try to lure teachers to stay

As school districts across the nation work to recruit teachers for more than 60,000 vacancies, they must invest in long-term strategies to increase the prospective teacher pool and end shortages, according to a new study from the Learning Policy Institute.
Ex-education chief Duncan learned school could be a lifeline

Ex-education chief Duncan learned school could be a lifeline

Arne Duncan learned his best lessons about education not at Harvard, but on the streets of Chicago and sitting around his mother’s dining table. If Duncan’s name rings a bell, he was President Barack Obama’s very active U.S. Secretary of Education.
Cyber attacks target some student financial aid

Cyber attacks target some student financial aid

A fake email could rob some college students of federal money.  The U.S. Department of Education’s financial aid office has reported a “malicious phishing campaign” using a phony message to gain access to students’ accounts at several colleges. It does not identify any of the schools affected.
Kemp unveils school safety plan

Kemp unveils school safety plan

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp wants to keep the state’s school children safe by wrapping them in a $90 million security blanket. He did not define a specific source of funding to pay for it. The current secretary of state unveiled a plan today that he called a “three prong” approach.
Buford interim superintendent working without contract

Buford interim superintendent working without contract

Two weeks after former Buford City Schools superintendent Geye Hamby resigned amid allegations he went on rant laced with profanity, racial slurs and threats against African-American construction workers, the district is working to build back trust. One way they are trying to do that is by bringing back from retirement former Assistant Superintendent Joy Davis.
Atlanta schools ‘State of the District’ scheduled for new sports complex

Atlanta schools ‘State of the District’ scheduled for new sports complex

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen will give the 2018 State of the District presentation next month at the newly built Walden Sports Complex.  The district paid for the $8 million athletic complex, at the site of the former Walden Middle School in the Old Fourth Ward, using money from a one-cent sales tax.
APS board OKs $112,500 to buy property in eminent domain area

APS board OKs $112,500 to buy property in eminent domain area

The Atlanta school board agreed to pay nearly $30,000 more than it previously authorized to purchase a residential property the district had included in eminent domain proceedings.  The school board on Tuesday approved payment of $112,500 for property at 698 Francis Place N.W. The district says it needs the site to build a new school for Woodson Park Academy.
Georgia senators to study school summer vacation timing

Georgia senators to study school summer vacation timing

Georgia senators will weigh the effect of the state’s varied back-to-school calendars on tourism. “Our goal is to determine if a later start date is feasible,” said Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega.  The statement by the Senate majority whip was released minutes before 6:30 p.m.
Cost of Atlanta Public Schools building projects tops estimates

Cost of Atlanta Public Schools building projects tops estimates

Because of rising construction costs, Atlanta Public Schools could spend $19.35 million more than first estimated to complete eight projects paid for with sales-tax money. District officials presented the higher prices for seven school renovations and a new transportation center to the school board Thursday. The new, combined estimate of $122.35 million is 18.
Georgia Tech president updates campus on changes to improve ethics

Georgia Tech president updates campus on changes to improve ethics

Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson in his annual address to students, staff and faculty on Thursday talked about creating a “culture of ethics” on campus in the wake of several recent reports that some high-ranking employees committed ethics violations.
Buford school board apologizes over slurs in tape

Buford school board apologizes over slurs in tape

After complaints from parents and others at Monday’s packed Buford City school board meeting about a lack of transparency, accountability and communication over the former superintendent’s alleged use of a racial slur, the board apologized on Wednesday. At 5:15 p.m.
DeKalb, Atlanta schools annexation fight spills into second court case

DeKalb, Atlanta schools annexation fight spills into second court case

A deepening conflict between two neighboring school districts over the City of Atlanta’s expanding boundaries has spilled once again into a court case.  DeKalb County School District and Atlanta Public Schools are battling over which school system should serve the 744 acres in DeKalb County that the Atlanta City Council approved annexing in December.
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