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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A former Kennesaw State cheerleader suing the university for allegedly violating her rights after she and other cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem last season appeared Wednesday on “The View.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Emory University’s law school announced Tuesday a white professor who used the “n-word” in a classroom discussion last month about a racial discrimination case will have to take sensitivity and unconscious bias training. The professor, Paul Zwier, will also work with student leaders and faculty to create and participate in dialogues focused on racial sensitivity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fulton County parents will soon be able to track their children’s school bus. A cellphone app that uses GPS technology will be available for parents to download for free beginning Monday.
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.
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.
A woman is suing the Henry County School District and its Local Education Agency, saying it dis-enrolled her two boys from school while they are homeless. Jacopa Johnson’s suit, filed in federal court Sept.
As school systems in metro Atlanta watch the latest projections about Hurricane Florence, looming off the coast, many minds must be on the impact a similar storm one year ago had on classes. By the time Irma passed over Georgia it had weakened from a Category 3 hurricane to a tropical storm.
A group of concerned parent, students and community members crowded the City Schools of Decatur board room Tuesday night to demand that the district develop a plan to address education and discipline disparities for black students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Prominent African-American scholar Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. is giving Spelman College what’s said to be the largest collection of books ever donated to a Historically Black College & University, the college announced Friday.
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.
The Coweta County School System is bringing in two attorneys who investigated the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal after an allegation of improprieties involving contracts for facility improvements, The Newnan Times-Herald is reporting. The Coweta school board voted for an outside review by Bob Wilson and Keri Ware, who were appointed by then-Gov.
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.
Emory University is investigating a white law school professor’s use of a derogatory word used to disparage African-Americans in a classroom discussion about a racial discrimination 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.