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Ethics panel says APS board member Grant did nothing wrong

Ethics panel says APS board member Grant did nothing wrong

The Atlanta school board’s ethics commission cleared board member Leslie Grant of wrongdoing after a complaint lodged by the board’s eight other members. The independent ethics panel released a statement saying its investigation “determined that no good and sufficient cause exists” to find there was a violation. The seven-member commission also recommended the board of education...
Metro Atlanta schools need bus drivers but say there’s no critical shortage

Metro Atlanta schools need bus drivers but say there’s no critical shortage

Most metro Atlanta school districts say they’re not terribly short of school bus drivers, despite a national survey that speaks of a “severe” shortage. Cobb County officials said 42 vacancies existed as of Tuesday, but 26 drivers were in training with hopes to soon take to the roads. About 33 drivers were needed in Clayton County. Officials in Fulton and DeKalb counties said...
Gwinnett educator named one of the best English teachers in the U.S.

Gwinnett educator named one of the best English teachers in the U.S.

Amber Simmons is one of the best high school English teachers in the country, the National Council of Teachers of English said. The Brookwood High School teacher was one of 15 teachers from across the U.S. to receive the High School Teacher of Excellence Award from the group, Gwinnett County Public Schools announced. She’s the only teacher in Georgia to be honored this year. Simmons was also...
National poll finds waning support for charter schools

National poll finds waning support for charter schools

An annual education poll finds plummeting approval of charter schools nationally but steadfast support for other types of school choice, such as tax-credits for private school scholarships. Last year, a slim majority of respondents in the Education Next poll, connected to Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, said they supported the formation of new charter schools...
Amazon orders in two minutes or less now available in Atlanta

Amazon orders in two minutes or less now available in Atlanta

Need something in minutes? Try Amazon Instant Pickup. The latest service from Amazon is now available in Atlanta. Related: Amazon offering meal prep kits and clothing box service Free to Prime and Prime Student members, Amazon Instant Pickup allows members to order and receive items in two minutes or less. Amazon has launched five fully staffed pickup locations in Los Angeles...
Chris Tucker’s son moves to Atlanta to study film at Morehouse College

Chris Tucker’s son moves to Atlanta to study film at Morehouse College

Comedian and actor Chris Tucker’s 19-year-old son, Destin, moved into the dorms at Morehouse College this week. Destin will begin his freshman year in the school’s cinema, technology and emerging media studies program, according to a Monday press release.  Tucker thinks his son’s decision to go to Morehouse “makes all the sense in the world,&rdquo...
Gwinnett teacher quits amid 'inappropriate' student relationship claim

Gwinnett teacher quits amid 'inappropriate' student relationship claim

A Lanier High School teacher has resigned after Gwinnett County Public Schools began investigating allegations he had an “inappropriate relationship” with a student. Oji Perkins, a varsity girls’ basketball coach who also taught special education and math, resigned citing “personal reasons” on Friday, only four days after the new school year started, school...
More students sign on with Georgia’s ‘German apprentice’ program

More students sign on with Georgia’s ‘German apprentice’ program

It’s still tiny but Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's program to grow Georgia’s skilled workforce with German-style apprenticeships is now in its second year. The Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training started this time last year with six high school sophomores. On Monday, another 21 signed their intent to complete the dual-enrollment program. They’ll earn a diploma, an...
Buford City Schools named best district in Georgia in new ranking

Buford City Schools named best district in Georgia in new ranking

Gwinnett County Public Schools may be the largest district in Georgia, but one ranking has another Gwinnett County district as the best in the state. Buford City Schools was ranked the best school district in Georgia by Niche.com, an education and real estate analysis site. The site uses surveys from parents, student and teachers, as well as test scores and data from the schools and the U.S....
Decatur school district is the (almost) best  in Georgia, study says

Decatur school district is the (almost) best in Georgia, study says

City Schools of Decatur ranked second on a listing of the best school districts in Georgia. Niche.com, which named Buford’s district the best, praised Decatur for teachers, clubs and activities, academics, diversity and more.  The ranking’s methodology is based on statistics from reader reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education, including state test scores,...
These Cobb schools are some of the best in Georgia, study says

These Cobb schools are some of the best in Georgia, study says

Some of the more than 100 public schools in Cobb County are among the best in Georgia, according to Niche.com. The website ranked the nation’s top schools and broke them down into many categories, including the state level to give us the “2018 Best Public Schools in Georgia” ranking. Although a Gwinnett County school came out on top, Cobb’s Walton High School — ...
College students will now get HOPE GPA boost in science, math courses

College students will now get HOPE GPA boost in science, math courses

There is good news for college students with HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarships who are about to take tough science and math classes. For the first time ever, the state is going to give them a boost in their grades to help them hang onto HOPE, which requires a 3.0 GPA. Georgia Tech students long lamented they lost their HOPE Scholarships because their science and math classes were tougher than what...
Affording college in Georgia getting tougher

Affording college in Georgia getting tougher

By Sarah Butrymowicz and Meredith Kolodner Alduha Leon and Jared Sanders, roommates at Savannah State University, dined on hot dogs in their apartment on Thanksgiving Day of their sophomore year. They had decided to skip feasting with family in Atlanta to pick up extra hours at their airport jobs loading luggage onto planes. Payday wasn’t until Friday, though, and Leon only had $5 left on his...
What’s new on Georgia’s college campuses?

What’s new on Georgia’s college campuses?

More than 300,000 students return to college and university campuses this month in Georgia. The biggest changes include a new “campus carry” law that allows students with licensed weapons permits to carry firearms on portions of campuses, additional credit to students who take approved STEM courses to keep their HOPE scholarships and the repurposing of Turner Field into Georgia...
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kicks off emotional battle over campus sexual assault rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos kicks off emotional battle over campus sexual assault rules

WASHINGTON — After barely surviving her confirmation battle and facing sporadic protests during visits to schools, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos could hardly have teed up a more fraught, emotional and divisive issue to launch her tenure: campus sexual assault. Although almost no one is happy with the Obama administration’s efforts to prod colleges and universities to more aggressively...
Ga. college leaders fear big impact of threatened research cuts

Ga. college leaders fear big impact of threatened research cuts

Educators at several Georgia colleges and universities are increasingly fearful that federal funding for research, currently topping $1.2 billion a year, may be significantly cut under President Trump’s proposed budget, which they say could force widespread layoffs, disrupt some research and curtail training. The presidents of eight of the state’s most influential research institutions...
New PTA needs new, old focus: kids and schools

New PTA needs new, old focus: kids and schools

Over the past eight months Georgia parents watched a political melodrama befall that most middle-American of institutions, the PTA. Close behind mom and apple pie, this respected institution in Georgia has become a “House of Cards”-style nest of intrigue. But we have may seen the season finale. Nine days ago, PTA members wrested control from a faction that had staged a coup and was poised...
Bear prompts Gwinnett elementary school to limit outdoor activities

Bear prompts Gwinnett elementary school to limit outdoor activities

A bear sighting on the Suwanee Greenway caused nearby Suwanee Elementary School to limit outdoor activities for students Friday, a Gwinnett County Public Schools spokeswoman said. The bear was spotted early Friday afternoon. When school administrators learned of the sighting, they decided to limit outdoor activities as a precaution, said Sloan Roach, a district spokeswoman. Students were not allowed...
Two Atlanta educators lose their appeals in test-cheating case

Two Atlanta educators lose their appeals in test-cheating case

Two former Atlanta educators will continue to be labeled “felons” after the the Court of Appeals of Georgia sided against them Friday. Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson, two of the 11 convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating conspiracy, failed to persuade the court to overturn their convictions. Cotman, who was an administrator over a region where cheating occurred, and...
This DeKalb high school is ranked among best ‘standouts’ in the state

This DeKalb high school is ranked among best ‘standouts’ in the state

DeKalb Early College Academy, in between the cities of Stone Mountain and Tucker, is included on a 2018 ranking of “standout schools” in Georgia. Niche.com’s list had the school as the No. 10 public school in Georgia. The school got an A- overall and excelled in categories of teachers, health and safety and academics. The ranking, which is based on federal data and “self-reporting&rdquo...
This Gwinnett high school is ranked as one of the best in the country

This Gwinnett high school is ranked as one of the best in the country

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology has already been dubbed the best high school in Georgia. Now, education analysis site Niche.com says it’s among the top 10 public high schools in the United States. The Gwinnett County magnet school was ranked No. 10 on Niche.com’s list of best high schools in the U.S. for 2018. The website determined the rankings by considering academics...
Educators lose appeal in Atlanta test-cheating case

Educators lose appeal in Atlanta test-cheating case

Two educators who were convicted for their roles in the Atlanta test-cheating conspiracy failed to reverse their convictions on appeal. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the convictions of Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will stand. Both contended that the trial court erred in its instruction to jurors about conviction under racketeering law. “We disagree that this instruction...
These are the largest elementary schools in Gwinnett County

These are the largest elementary schools in Gwinnett County

The numbers are in, and elementary school students make up nearly half of Gwinnett County Public Schools students. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade make up 44.6 percent of the district’s students, according to numbers from the district’s annual “first count” of enrollment. Those students are spread across 84 county schools and programs. Jackson Elementary School...
Have you seen the impressively silly Kennesaw State band music video?

Have you seen the impressively silly Kennesaw State band music video?

Kennesaw State University students now have their pump-up song for the upcoming school year. And it comes with a music video peppered with plenty of marching band imagery. Posted to YouTube on Monday, the “#HOOTYHOO | KSU Music Video” had amassed nearly 15,000 views by Thursday. It was uploaded by Partita Studios, which describes itself as an Atlanta video production company...
HOA asked school to move N. Fulton bus stop; some parents now upset

HOA asked school to move N. Fulton bus stop; some parents now upset

A home owner’s association in Alpharetta asked Fulton County Schools to move a bus stop. The school system obliged, but now some parents who live in the neighborhood off Windward Parkway are upset. Before, the bus could drive right into the Windward Pointe subdivision, but now the bus stop is on Windward Parkway, about a half mile away and outside of the housing development. Several parents...
These are the largest middle schools in Gwinnett County

These are the largest middle schools in Gwinnett County

In Georgia’s largest school district, middle schoolers make up the smallest portion of the enrollment. Gwinnett County has 39,805 students in its 37 middle schools and middle school programs, new district data shows. The largest of those schools is North Gwinnett Middle School, in Sugar Hill. The school had 2,186 students when the district conducted its annual first count on Aug. 8. The...
Gwinnett County is (still) the largest school district in Georgia

Gwinnett County is (still) the largest school district in Georgia

The numbers are in, and Gwinnett County Public Schools is still the largest district in Georgia.  The district conducted its annual “first count” of enrollment on Aug. 8, the second day of the school year. The enrollment total was 172,290, and district officials expect it to increase to 180,186 by the final count after Labor Day, according to data provided by the school system...
Report: Georgia students leave college about $27K in debt 

Report: Georgia students leave college about $27K in debt 

Georgians leave college, on average, with about $27,325 in debt, according to a report released Thursday. Nearly 60 percent of Georgia students have some student debt, the Lend EDU report found. Georgia ranked 28th nationally in the average amount of debt. Pennsylvania was first, at more than $35,000 per student while Utah had the lowest debt, at about $19,000 per student. The national average of...
These are the biggest high schools in Gwinnett County

These are the biggest high schools in Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest district in Georgia, with 172,290 students recorded in an initial enrollment count this school year. System officials believe that number will climb to 180,186 in the next month; enrollment is measured in a final count on the day after Labor Day, district spokeswoman Sloan Roach said. Mill Creek High School is once again the county’s largest high...
All Gwinnett schools now have ‘panic buttons’ for emergencies

All Gwinnett schools now have ‘panic buttons’ for emergencies

Two years after installing the first set of “panic buttons,” all Gwinnett County Public Schools now have emergency systems that can lock down campuses and dispatch police in a single push. The panic buttons, located in the administrative offices, are intended for use in “life-threatening emergencies,” like active shooter situations, Channel 2 Action News reported...
These metro Atlanta schools will delay dismissal for the solar eclipse

These metro Atlanta schools will delay dismissal for the solar eclipse

At most schools in the metro Atlanta and surrounding areas, dismissal times at public schools will be delayed on Aug. 21 due to the solar eclipse. Some schools are doing this for the safety of students and bus drivers. NASA has advised the public to avoid traveling during the eclipse. Some schools are also using this peak viewing time of the eclipse as a learning tool.  Fulton &ndash...
Georgia public college officials present $2.4 billion wish list

Georgia public college officials present $2.4 billion wish list

University System of Georgia officials presented a $2.4 billion budget wish list Tuesday to its Board of Regents it hopes will be approved by Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Legislature next year. The budget request is about $120 million more than its current budget, $2.3 billion. About $110 million of the proposed increase would go to the Teachers’ Retirement System and for projected enrollment...
Backpack programs help schoolkids combat hunger on weekends

Backpack programs help schoolkids combat hunger on weekends

Hunger is a daily fact of life for many Georgia school-age children. While the beginning of the school year finds some groups filling backpacks with school supplies, others work from September to May filling backpacks and sacks with food. “In this day and age, in our country, it’s just plain wrong that there are people who are food insecure, that there are children who might not eat between...
Some fear change in AP exam subsidy slights low-income students

Some fear change in AP exam subsidy slights low-income students

A new Georgia education policy could boost the number of elite students who go on to study math or engineering in college while also diminishing prospects for poor kids who are focused on the liberal arts. In the recent legislative session, lawmakers quietly changed state policy for subsidizing the cost of high school Advanced Placement exams. Passing the test gives a student a leg up in college admissions...
Ex-student’s tweet prompts safety concern at Cobb school

Ex-student’s tweet prompts safety concern at Cobb school

A tweet from a former Lassiter High School student prompted a message from the principal and caused some current students to either leave early or come late Tuesday. Police worked with law enforcement officials in the area where the ex-student now lives, outside metro Atlanta, to assess the threat, said Donna Lowry, spokeswoman for the Cobb County School District. Police determined no one was in danger...
Check out how Cobb schools are using solar eclipse as teaching moment

Check out how Cobb schools are using solar eclipse as teaching moment

Teachers can’t waste time in the classroom. So with a rare total solar eclipse coming up Aug. 21, the Cobb County school system has announced how it plans to turn a possibly dangerous situation into a teaching moment. They’ll have 45 extra minutes to do because the district decided to extend the school day so students weren’t released at the eclipse’s peak. Many other...
Georgia Board of Regents updates sex misconduct investigation policy

Georgia Board of Regents updates sex misconduct investigation policy

Georgia public college administrators now have greater control over how campus complaints of sexual misconduct are handled, after the state’s Board of Regents adopted changes Tuesday to how it investigates such cases. Changes include University System of Georgia administrators being notified when a complaint is filed that could lead to the suspension or expulsion of a student and the system...
Georgia Tech land purchase proposal in Cobb County moves forward

Georgia Tech land purchase proposal in Cobb County moves forward

Georgia Board of Regents members reviewed a $63 million proposal Tuesday by Georgia Tech to purchase land in Cobb County to expand its research efforts and expect to vote on the plans in September. Tech wants a lease-revenue bond package to acquire and renovate 32 acres in Marietta owned by Lockheed Martin.  Renovations would include 755,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in four buildings...
UGA nixes prof’s plan to let students decide grades to lessen stress

UGA nixes prof’s plan to let students decide grades to lessen stress

A well respected University of Georgia business school professor, concerned over the stress on his students, posted online course policies that would have allowed them to change their grades, abandon group work that taxed them and take open book tests “designed to assess low level mastery of the course material.” While Terry College of Business students may have applauded Richard Watson&rsquo...
DeKalb Schools’ first day: So far, so good — for the students, anyway

DeKalb Schools’ first day: So far, so good — for the students, anyway

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green boarded a bus in a Lithonia neighborhood before dawn Monday morning, intending to begin his day with students at nearby Bouie Elementary.   Instead, the bus he boarded took him to Browns Mill Elementary. The students and staff there were delighted by the surprise, though.   "It happens," said district spokesman Andre...
Georgia Board of Regents updates campus sexual misconduct investigation policies

Georgia Board of Regents updates campus sexual misconduct investigation policies

The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to revise its process of investigating sexual misconduct complaints on the state’s four-year public colleges and universities. The new rules are aimed at giving administrators at the University System of Georgia greater oversight over these investigations, allowing officials to spend more time educating students about sexual misconduct and ensuring...
Lithia Springs teacher in stable condition day after shooting self

Lithia Springs teacher in stable condition day after shooting self

A Lithia Springs High School teacher remained hospitalized in stable condition the day after he shot himself in his classroom office.  Douglas County School System spokeswoman Karen Stroud said in an email Saturday evening that the yet-to-be publicly identified man who shot himself early Thursday was still in stable condition Friday afternoon, the most-recent information shared by the district...
Opinion: The bigger-is-better promise of college consolidation isn’t true for dual enrollment

Opinion: The bigger-is-better promise of college consolidation isn’t true for dual enrollment

Rick Diguette is a frequent Get School contributor on higher ed issues. He is a local writer who retired from college teaching earlier this year. In this piece, Diguette discusses how the absorption of Georgia Perimeter College into Georgia State University has rendered the Move on When Ready program, which he worked with closely, less responsive and more complicated....
Investigators, school district mum on Lithia Springs

Investigators, school district mum on Lithia Springs

The moments immediately after a Douglas County school shooting sped by quickly. Law enforcement rushed to the scene early Thursday and within hours provided the public with a rough sketch explaining why Lithia Springs High School had closed so suddenly. A veteran teacher was wounded after shooting himself with a handgun in his classroom office around 7:15 a.m. As the hours ticked by and Thursday morning...
Are teachers discussing Charlottesville, Confederate monuments in class? Should they be?

Are teachers discussing Charlottesville, Confederate monuments in class? Should they be?

I’ve been talking to high school students about the violence and turmoil in Charlottesville and its aftermath, including the rising call in Georgia to take down monuments that celebrate the Confederacy and its leaders. For the most part, the teens said these issues aren’t coming up in their classes. The kids weren’t sure why the topics would be off-limits...
Georgia valedictorians and salutatorians will now get automatic acceptance to Georgia Tech

Georgia valedictorians and salutatorians will now get automatic acceptance to Georgia Tech

From Georgia Tech this morning: The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer automatic acceptance to all Georgia high school valedictorians and salutatorians under a new program that goes into effect with this year’s graduating class. President G.P. “Bud” Peterson will unveil the Georgia Tech Scholars Program Thursday during an event at Gilmer High School ...
Rural Georgia is losing residents and jobs. Will anything bring young people back?

Rural Georgia is losing residents and jobs. Will anything bring young people back?

Nationwide, 20 percent of counties in the United States are deemed distressed because they have high unemployment and poverty and are losing population and jobs. In Georgia, 53 percent of counties qualify as distressed and most are rural, said Georgia Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Chris Clark, who was among today’s speakers at a Georgia Partnership for Excellence...
New report: Less support for charter schools but more for vouchers. Why?

New report: Less support for charter schools but more for vouchers. Why?

A lot of folks are trying to figure out the drop in public support for charter schools revealed in the 11th annual edition of a well-regarded poll that examines current attitudes toward major issues in K–12 education. The poll by Education Next, a scholarly journal published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Harvard Program on Education Policy...
Did college students who marched with white nationalists just torch their futures?

Did college students who marched with white nationalists just torch their futures?

Social media has enabled white supremacists to find like-minded brethren. An online call-out drew hundreds of them to Charlottesville this weekend where their white supremacists chants and Nazi homage culminated in violence and death. Now, the same social media that united them is unmasking them. A campaign is underway to identify the marchers captured in photos at the deadly &ldquo...
Georgia college students will now earn HOPE GPA boost in many science and math classes

Georgia college students will now earn HOPE GPA boost in many science and math classes

Georgia Tech students long lamented they lost their HOPE Scholarships because their science and math classes were tougher than what many peers at other colleges were taking. Their contention: There should be some allowance for demanding courses like quantum computing or organic chemistry. In 2016, the Legislature said Tech students had a valid point and passed a law that...
Two APS educators convicted of cheating lose their appeals. Right decision?

Two APS educators convicted of cheating lose their appeals. Right decision?

Today, the Georgia Court of Appeals rejected the appeal of two educators convicted in the 2015 Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial. As my AJC colleague Ty Tagami reports: The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the convictions of Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson will stand. The pair are among the 11 Atlanta Public Schools teachers and administrators...
Opinion: New Walton High School inspires old memories of dedicated teachers and involved parents

Opinion: New Walton High School inspires old memories of dedicated teachers and involved parents

Julia Levy grew up in Marietta and attended Sope Creek and East Side Elementary Schools, Dodgen Middle School and Walton High School. In this column, she recounts her visit to the new Walton High School. Levy attended a  recent ribbon-cutting ceremony showing off the new $48 million building funded by SPLOST.  A second phase of improvements to the 2,575-student...
College debt without the degree having impact on students, economy

College debt without the degree having impact on students, economy

DeAngelo Bowie goes to work every day at 1 p.m. at a pet store warehouse and stacks boxes until the work is done. On a good day, he’s out by 9 p.m. On a bad day, he won’t leave until 1 a.m. He’s trying to figure a way to stretch his meager paycheck to pay back college loans for a degree he never finished. Bowie navigated a daunting obstacle course of family and health crises during...
Opinion: Sex education should not spread shame and stigma

Opinion: Sex education should not spread shame and stigma

Andrea Swartzendruber is an assistant professor in the epidemiology and biostatistics department in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on adolescent and women’s sexual and reproductive health. In this piece, Swartzendruber discusses the risks of abstinence-only sex education programs. By Andrea Swartzendruber As school starts again, many...
Failing-school burden shifts to states; rescue plans get low marks

Failing-school burden shifts to states; rescue plans get low marks

Two years after Congress scrapped federal formulas for fixing troubled schools, states are producing only the vaguest of plans to address persistent educational failure. So far, 16 states and the District of Columbia have submitted proposals under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act. Georgia is not among them but is finalizing its plan. With few exceptions, the blueprints offer none of the detailed...
State increases oversight of sexual assault investigations on Georgia campuses

State increases oversight of sexual assault investigations on Georgia campuses

The Georgia Board of Regents just released new policies on sexual misconduct investigations on the state’s public campuses. The new policies require reports to the University System of any cases involving alleged violations that may result in a suspension or expulsion. Nationwide, colleges are examining how they handle complaints of sexual misconduct in response...
Yes, a UGA professor did post policy that allowed students to set own grades to ease stress

Yes, a UGA professor did post policy that allowed students to set own grades to ease stress

I have to admit that I did not believe it when I read last night that University of Georgia professor Richard Watson, a respected researcher in the business school, was going to allow students to decide their own grades in an effort to ease their stress, especially after I hunted down student reviews that describe his classes as tough. Yet, there was a report...
Georgia PTA: Can a new team save the day and the membership?

Georgia PTA: Can a new team save the day and the membership?

Over the last eight months Georgia parents have watched a political melodrama befall that most middle American of institutions: the PTA. Close behind mom and apple pie, this respected institution in Georgia has become a House of Cards-style nest of intrigue. But this weekend may have provided the season finale. At a weekend convention, PTA members...
Georgia Tech wants approval for a $63M campus at Lockheed in Marietta

Georgia Tech wants approval for a $63M campus at Lockheed in Marietta

The state Board of Regents is scheduled Tuesday to consider a $63 million proposal by Georgia Tech to buy land to expand its research space in Cobb County and give it flexibility for future development.  Tech wants a lease revenue bond package to acquire and renovate 32 acres in Marietta owned by Lockheed Martin, according to the board’s agenda. The buildings that Tech plans to purchase...
KSU officials recommend changes to reduce police turnover

KSU officials recommend changes to reduce police turnover

Kennesaw State University human resource officials are recommending its police force review its internal affairs policies and explore ways to diversify its command staff after many officers complained of high turnover in the department. Some officers and its chief are blaming each other for the trouble, according to an internal report the university released Monday. The turnover rate has been as high...
Back to school: In DeKalb, only problems are the usual little ones

Back to school: In DeKalb, only problems are the usual little ones

Steve Green’s first day of school didn’t start off the way he had hoped, but he took it in stride. Green arrived at the corner of Great Meadows Road and Portsmouth Circle in a Lithonia neighborhood to take the bus with students to Bouie Elementary School. He finally boarded a bus with incoming fourth-grader Terrence Roseberry 18 minutes past his scheduled 6:30 a.m. pick-up. That bus, though...
Gwinnett schools turn to data for better student performance

Gwinnett schools turn to data for better student performance

Gwinnett County public school leaders, who opened the doors for a new school year Monday, are increasingly turning to technology to improve classroom performance. Georgia’s largest school district is one of a handful nationwide using “predictive analytics” to determine where its 180,000 students need the most help. Gwinnett’s partner in this effort is IBM, which joined forces...
Georgia Tech wants financing for a $63M campus in Cobb

Georgia Tech wants financing for a $63M campus in Cobb

Officials with the University System of Georgia are set to discuss a $63 million proposal by Georgia Tech to build a new campus in Cobb County. According to the agenda for the Board of Regents’ Tuesday meeting, Tech wants a lease-revenue bond package to acquire and renovate 32 acres of a Marietta facility owned by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The renovations would include 755,000 square...
Five things to know about Gwinnett’s first day of school

Five things to know about Gwinnett’s first day of school

The unofficial end of summer - and the return of head-scratching traffic - begins in Gwinnett County Monday as school begins for about 180,000 students. Here are five things to know about the new school year in Gwinnett: Archer and Discovery high schools have new start times. Archer’s school day begins at 7:15 a.m. Discovery begins even earlier, at 7:05 a.m. Gwinnett has a new messenger system...
Four classes every college student should take

Four classes every college student should take

Here is another provocative piece by AJC intern Martha Michael, a recent University of Georgia graduate with a degree in journalism and minors in political science and Spanish. A Valdosta resident, Michael interned with the AJC local news and features teams this summer. In September, she is going to Spain for 10 months to teach English. In this piece, she cites...
Georgia PTA election is over, and this is who won

Georgia PTA election is over, and this is who won

The battle over the Georgia PTA is over, with opponents of the current board winning all the open seats after forcing new candidates onto the ballot. A chaotic election process for control of the group began Friday morning. Procedural maneuvers to amend the ballot with new names continued well into the evening, with candidates giving speeches near midnight, about half a day after they should have...

First year Gwinnett teacher: He gave up accounting to teach special education. Kids need role models.

Many people fret over the future of teaching in the face of dwindling enrollment in teacher prep programs. Teachers themselves increasingly report reluctance to urge others to consider the profession due to the challenges. None of that dissuaded Reginald Hairston, a 39-year-old former accountant who begins teaching Monday in a special education classroom at Grayson High...
Georgia PTA election a chaotic affair

Georgia PTA election a chaotic affair

Most people don’t associate their PTA with political intrigue, but the Georgia PTA turned an often boring annual election of state leaders into a fevered process that went half a day past the deadline, with candidates’ speeches pushed back to almost midnight. Voting for the new slate of state PTA leaders was to begin at noon Friday, but a battle over the conduct of the election, and confusion...
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