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Ga. Senate committee studying Atlanta’s Emory, CDC annexation

State legislators hope to end discord between the DeKalb County School District and Atlanta Public Schools over Atlanta’s annexation plans for Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control. The Senate Study Committee on the Financial Impact of Atlanta Annexation on Schools held its first meeting Thursday. Sen. Emanuel Jones, D-Decatur, said several potential remedies were discussed to...


Fulton County teachers in line for raises

Fulton County teachers in line for raises

Fulton County public school teachers may soon see more money in their paychecks. School district board members Tuesday evening tentatively approved a $1 billion general fund budget for the upcoming school year. The entire budget, which includes money for construction projects in its capital budget, is about $1.7 billion. Fulton’s plan increases spending by 3.6 percent, officials said. The budget...
Parents say Chamblee High principal leading through bully tactics

Parents say Chamblee High principal leading through bully tactics

Uwe Neuhaus gave his Chamblee Charter High School students assignments where they were supposed to act out racy skits with a partner. The teacher was placed on leave as the district investigated the assignment, but has since returned. Parents banded together to save his job. In that process, the floodgates opened on allegations that new Chamblee Principal Rebecca Braaten rules with an iron fist, using...
Fulton superintendent: New building for North Springs Charter High School

Fulton superintendent: New building for North Springs Charter High School

Fulton County Schools superintendent announced a plan Tuesday to build a new North Springs Charter High School instead of renovating the 55-year-old school in Sandy Springs.  The district previously planned a $19 million addition and renovation of the 1963 building to be paid for with funds from the special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters in 2016.  A citizens group has...
Best way to aid underrepresented students not so clear cut

Best way to aid underrepresented students not so clear cut

The alumni association at the high school I graduated from, let’s just say a few years ago, is urging alumni to oppose legislation it considers sacrilegious. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier this month announced a plan that would, in part, automatically offer enrollment to the top students in each public middle school in the city’s eight specialized high schools. Hizzoner&rsquo...
JUST IN: Kennesaw State University has new president

JUST IN: Kennesaw State University has new president

Georgia’s Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday appoint Pamela Whitten the new president of Kennesaw State University. Whitten had been provost and senior vice president of academic affairs of the University of Georgia since 2014. She will start her new position on July 16. Her salary will be negotiated with University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who congratulated Whitten...
Rapper Killer Mike to host free haircut events for Atlanta students

Rapper Killer Mike to host free haircut events for Atlanta students

Killer Mike is making sure Atlanta kids kill the haircut game. The Atlanta rapper is helping kids in the community get ready for the new school year with a series of free haircut events. Fresh cuts will be given at the rapper’s S.W.A.G. Shop locations at 365 Edgewood Ave. and 3461 Roosevelt Highway. The event is open to all children ages 5-17. MORE: Killer Mike, Zac Brown to bring star...
Atlanta ‘die-in’ gun-law protest canceled due to weather

Atlanta ‘die-in’ gun-law protest canceled due to weather

An Atlanta group that planned to stage a “die-in” Tuesday to call for gun-law changes announced on social media it cancelled the event because of weather.  The protest, organized by the group that conducted Atlanta’s March for Our Lives, was to have taken place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta.  The group announced on various social...
Board to vote Tuesday on Kennesaw State presidential finalist

Board to vote Tuesday on Kennesaw State presidential finalist

Pamela Whitten could be president of Kennesaw State University as soon as Tuesday. The Georgia Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting Tuesday morning to vote on whether to make Whitten, the University of Georgia’s provost, KSU’s president. The board announced last Tuesday that Whitten is the finalist for the KSU position. Veteran KSU faculty member and administrator Ken Harmon has been...
DeKalb school budget rises faster than student performance

DeKalb school budget rises faster than student performance

Five years ago, DeKalb County School District officials approved a $760 million operating budget to continue recovery efforts for a system decimated by The Great Recession and mismanagement that left $14 million in debt. Efforts to decentralize operations and give schools more localized support have translated to $320 million more to be spent for the 2018-2019 school year and dozens more administrative...
Judge dismisses campus speech lawsuit against Georgia college

Judge dismisses campus speech lawsuit against Georgia college

A federal court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two students against Georgia Gwinnett College, saying the school has resolved the main issues that sparked the legal challenge. Chike Uzuegbunam filed the lawsuit against the college in December 2016 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, arguing his free speech rights were violated. Uzuegbunam said a college official told him he couldn&rsquo...
Does DeKalb Schools need $1.1B to operate?

Does DeKalb Schools need $1.1B to operate?

Five years ago, DeKalb County School District officials approved a $760 million operating budget to continue recovery efforts for a system decimated by The Great Recession and mismanagement that left $14 million in debt.  This morning, the district will hold several public hearings — including one about the coming year's budget and two for a proposed tax increase — as it seeks to...
To narrow academic gaps, APS tries to make summer school cool

To narrow academic gaps, APS tries to make summer school cool

In an Atlanta classroom, kids clustered around a table trying to keep little boats they built from sinking. Down the hall, another group worked on computers. Minutes later, about a dozen students raced “puff-mobile” vehicles across a polished floor using only lung power to move the handmade, kid-engineered contraptions. “It’s like learning, but they’re making it fun,&rdquo...
Valedictorian talked about sexual misconduct at graduation and her mic was cut

Valedictorian talked about sexual misconduct at graduation and her mic was cut

Lulabel Seitz had done everything right, at least on paper. As a high school senior with GPA over 4.0, she had been accepted to Stanford University, one of the most prestigious colleges on the West Coast. The first in her family to graduate from high school, she was named valedictorian at Petaluma High School, an honor that was joined by an opportunity for her to give a commencement speech. »...
Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?

Why do so many students drop out of college? And what can be done about it?

More than 3 million students will graduate from U.S. high schools this month, and two-thirds of them will head off to college next fall. If history is any guide, for many of them, their high school graduation might be their last commencement ceremony. » RELATED: Valedictorian talked about sexual misconduct at graduation and her mic was cut Fewer than 40 percent of students enrolling for...
Top Georgia universities seek more rural students

Top Georgia universities seek more rural students

Ava Thrasher will defy the statistics when she steps on the Georgia Tech campus this fall as a freshman. The 17-year-old is smart and ambitious. But she’s from Gilmer County, a rural part of the state whose students are underrepresented at some of Georgia’s most prominent colleges and universities. About 18 percent of Georgia’s public school students attend school in what Georgia...
KSU candidate wants to improve grad rates, opportunities for students

KSU candidate wants to improve grad rates, opportunities for students

Pamela Whitten made her case in person Friday to students, staff and faculty about why she should be Kennesaw State University’s next president and noted some initial goals if she gets the job. Whitten, named Tuesday by the state’s Board of Regents as the sole finalist for the position, visited both campuses, in Kennesaw and Marietta, where she answered written questions at standing room-only...
School safety heating up as political topic

School safety heating up as political topic

The second of two legislative school safety study committees held its first public meeting Friday. About 100 people showed up for the Georgia Senate School Safety Study Committee, headed by Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, at North Springs Charter High School. About 100 parents, students, teachers, law-enforcement officers and other interested people heard the discussion from school safety professionals...
Atlanta schools look ahead, make room for city’s growth

Atlanta schools look ahead, make room for city’s growth

Atlanta Public Schools is in the midst of a building surge. The school board recently approved a bevy of renovation and construction projects to be paid for with money from a one-penny sales tax. The district will spend about $39 million to renovate Beecher Hills Elementary School, Hollis Innovation Academy, Harper-Archer Elementary School and Gideons Elementary School. Work is underway to transform...
Georgia State University apologizes for grad school admissions notice mistake

Georgia State University apologizes for grad school admissions notice mistake

Georgia State University officials have spent the last few days apologizing to people who erroneously received notices suggesting they were accepted as grad school students. The 1,330 applicants were not accepted into the program and initially received notices explaining they did not make the cut. However, a Georgia State employee earlier this week mistakenly sent notices to those applicants that...
Kennesaw State will now play football on ‘carpet-based hybrid grass’

Kennesaw State will now play football on ‘carpet-based hybrid grass’

Football has been played on grass, AstroTurf and asphalt but not really on “carpet-based hybrid grass technology.” But that will change in part thanks to Kennesaw State University. When the Owls take the field at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in fall, they will play on the only reinforced natural turf of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, according to a KSU press release. It was...
Board votes to phase out Gwinnett Tech photo program

Board votes to phase out Gwinnett Tech photo program

Technical College System of Georgia board members voted Thursday to phase out Gwinnett Technical College’s commercial photography program, disappointing several current and former students who asked the board at the meeting to reconsider its decision. TCSG board members and system officials said they regretted the decision, but it was done for budgetary reasons and added that there are similar...
Appeals court ruling could be costly for DeKalb Schools

Appeals court ruling could be costly for DeKalb Schools

The DeKalb County School District could be forced to pay some employees about a quarter of a billion dollars after the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled it breached a contract by abruptly ending annual contributions to a supplemental retirement fund. Unless the school district appeals the ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court, Friday’s ruling sends the case back to DeKalb County Superior Court, which...
APS critic barred from public comment sues district for $10M 

APS critic barred from public comment sues district for $10M 

An inflammatory critic of Atlanta Public Schools leaders sued the school district this week in Fulton County Superior Court alleging the district harassed and discriminated against him and violated his constitutional rights.  Nathaniel Dyer, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Atlanta Board of Education, has been repeatedly barred from making public comments during board meetings...
Kennesaw State hires new police chief

Kennesaw State hires new police chief

Kennesaw State University has decided its acting police chief has performed well enough in the job to give him the job. The university announced Wednesday that Edward Stephens will be its chief. He’s been acting chief since August after Roger Stearns resigned after an internal review surrounding unspecified leadership concerns, KSU officials said at the time. An internal report...
Sandy Springs mayor apologizes for comment about Cobb, local schools

Sandy Springs mayor apologizes for comment about Cobb, local schools

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul made a comment a few weeks ago that rubbed some folks the wrong way, apparently. Speaking with the city’s North End Revitalization Task Force at a brainstorming session at Pontoon Brewing on May 16, topics included redevelopment, class, transparency and city resources. When it came to how class affects school districts, Paul was quoted in a May 25 Reporter...
Georgia Board of Regents announces finalist for Kennesaw State presidency

Georgia Board of Regents announces finalist for Kennesaw State presidency

The Georgia Board of Regents announced Tuesday the finalist for the position of Kennesaw State University’s president: University of Georgia provost Pamela Whitten. Whitten has been in her current position since 2014. As UGA’s chief academic officer, Whitten oversees instruction, research, public service and outreach, student affairs and information technology. “Dr. Whitten...
Animal rights group demands UGA investigate “shocking incidents of negligence”

Animal rights group demands UGA investigate “shocking incidents of negligence”

An Ohio-based animal rights group accused the University of Georgia of animal abuse in its experiments and demanded the university conduct an investigation to end harmful practices. The group, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, citing UGA correspondence with federal officials, wrote a letter to UGA president Jere Morehead on Monday asking for the investigation and the dismissal of all employees involved...
Atlanta school board votes 6-3 to extend Carstarphen’s contract 

Atlanta school board votes 6-3 to extend Carstarphen’s contract 

A divided Atlanta Board of Education voted 6-3 to extend the contract of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen.  Two newcomers who joined the board in January -- Erika Mitchell and Michelle Olympiadis-- joined board member Leslie Grant in voting against the one-year extension.  Though the superintendent gained a majority of the board’s backing, the dissenting votes represent a crack...
DeKalb schools sue to block Atlanta annexation

DeKalb schools sue to block Atlanta annexation

The city of Atlanta violated its charter in an “11th-hour change” to its annexation of the Centers for Disease Control and Emory University, DeKalb County Schools said in a lawsuit seeking to stop the annexation. In the lawsuit, filed Monday in Fulton County Superior Court, the district argues the annexation is void because its passage violated procedural rules set forth in the Atlanta...
DeKalb Schools sues city of Atlanta over Emory, CDC annexation

DeKalb Schools sues city of Atlanta over Emory, CDC annexation

The DeKalb County School District is taking legal action against the city of Atlanta over what district officials call an “11th-hour change” to the annexation of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control. The annexation — 744 acres, the largest by Atlanta since Buckhead was annexed 65 years ago — was approved by the Atlanta City Council on Dec. 4. The area became...
Marietta names its teacher of the year

Marietta names its teacher of the year

Kristin Lincoln has earned the shiniest apple in all of Marietta City Schools. She was named the 2019 teacher of the year at the district’s awards luncheon last week. Lincoln teaches 2nd grade students at Sawyer Road Elementary School. READ | Get free SAT prep in Cobb from someone who got a perfect ACT score The other teacher of the year finalists were Jenny Williams, who teaches 4th grade...
The 10 best quotes chosen by AJC Cup winners

The 10 best quotes chosen by AJC Cup winners

Each winner of the AJC Cup chose a personal quote to represent themselves.  They quoted famous thinkers, musicians, athletes, scientists and superheroes. Many were profound, some were funny, but all said something about the student who chose it.  "Everyone is my teacher." — Maayan Schoen "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created...
These award-winning Atlanta students are headed to HBCUs

These award-winning Atlanta students are headed to HBCUs

When a metro Atlanta student wins the AJC Cup, it means they're going places. For these 10 students, that place is a historically black college or university. Atlanta's next generation of leaders chose HBCUs mostly around the South and East, matching other AJC Cup winners. Jayla Neal, Stephenson High School — Alabama A&M University. Jayla, who is listed as deciding between A&M and...
What students want to study after winning the AJC Cup

What students want to study after winning the AJC Cup

Winning the AJC Cup is a prestigious honor. It signifies that a student has won the respect of their teachers and accomplished outstanding feats in academics, athletics or community service.  With those accomplishments fulfilled, many AJC Cup winners have already set their sights on how they’ll impact the world with their career paths. These remarkable students plan to study the gamut...
These award-winning Atlanta students are headed to Ivy League schools

These award-winning Atlanta students are headed to Ivy League schools

For these Atlanta students, the next school they'll attend is an Ivy. The AJC Cup recognizes extraordinary students around Atlanta. These young people are exceptional leaders, scholars, athletes or all of the above. Only a few AJC Cup winners, however, have told the AJC they plan to attend Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton or Yale. Ronan Fitzgerald...
Gwinnett mom’s programming venture gives kids a code for fun

Gwinnett mom’s programming venture gives kids a code for fun

Nidhi Jain had a goal nine years ago many parents share: keep young minds active when school’s out with something besides video games and Netflix. She wanted her kids to have a fun and educational summer. As a former software engineer at NCR, Jain thought something with computers and coding would be ideal. With kids ranging in ages from 4 to 9, there weren’t many options. She stumbled...
5 things to know as APS chief Carstarphen faces vote on contract

5 things to know as APS chief Carstarphen faces vote on contract

The first test of the relationship between Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and a new school board comes Monday when the board will consider extending her contract. Carstarphen, who previously led the Austin, Texas, school system, was hired in Atlanta in 2014. She quickly set about trying to turn around the district marred by a criminal test-cheating scandal and struggling...
School safety, complex issue, gets Georgia legislators’ attention

School safety, complex issue, gets Georgia legislators’ attention

With school shootings in America now so common — many groups’ tallies say about one a week this year — Georgia legislators are taking a serious look at school safety. The House and Senate have allocated $16 million and convened committees to address the issue. The end goal is to author legislation that gives school systems safety options, said Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell and Rep...
Atlanta couple among parents fighting to end college hazing practices

Atlanta couple among parents fighting to end college hazing practices

A metro Atlanta couple whose son died from injuries suffered in a hazing ritual, will be featured Sunday on Dateline, the NBC News magazine show, with other parents fighting to end college hazing. Robert and Pam Champion’s son, Robert, was found unresponsive on a bus parked outside of the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando on Nov. 19, 2011. A drum major in Florida A&M University’s famed Marching...
DeKalb Schools to increase millage rate

DeKalb Schools to increase millage rate

The DeKalb County School District’s proposed millage rate of 23.28 mills would increase property taxes by 9.51 percent, officials said announcing mandatory public hearings on the increase. According to the school district: “The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $176.84 and the proposed tax increase for nonhomestead property with...
Job fair: DeKalb schools looking for staff

Job fair: DeKalb schools looking for staff

The DeKalb County School District is holding a job fair for certified teachers Tuesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The event at Cedar Grove High School, 2360 River Road in Ellenwood, will provide attendees with information about working in the Cedar Grove, Columbia, McNair and Towers high school clusters, which make up more than 20 schools and facilities.  Other schools with open positions...
Georgia college, town reflect Hispanic growth and prosperity

Georgia college, town reflect Hispanic growth and prosperity

Dalton State College student Bryan Lopez is part of a school team that will, as part of its many duties, recruit students across the state line in Tennessee this fall. Lopez, 22, an aspiring dentist who came with his family from Guatemala when he was 12, will stress to his target audience — Hispanics — that this college is the place for them. The percentage of Hispanic students...
Who is the best teacher in metro Atlanta? You tell us

Who is the best teacher in metro Atlanta? You tell us

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is looking for the best teachers in metro Atlanta, and our readers get to nominate them. Last year, friends, family, students and co-workers nominated 375 teachers who went above and beyond the call of duty to work with their students and make sure they are successful. Ten teachers from across metro Atlanta were chosen and honored at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution&rsquo...
UGA provost headed for KSU presidency

UGA provost headed for KSU presidency

Pamela Whitten will have a full plate if, as expected, she becomes the next president of Kennesaw State University. About one-half of the deans are leaving for better jobs or retirement. Many other deans are relatively new. There are some concerns about KSU’s finances because of a new enrollment process expected to make it tougher for students to be accepted. And there’s the matter of...
University of Georgia plans memorial at burial site on campus

University of Georgia plans memorial at burial site on campus

The University of Georgia is planning a memorial at a location on campus where it found the remains of several people who were most likely slaves or former slaves.  UGA officials in late 2015 temporarily halted the expansion of Baldwin Hall after the first remains were discovered by its construction crew. The grave sites are from Old Athens Cemetery, also known as Jackson Street Cemetery...
Georgia Piedmont Tech to cut several high-ranking positions

Georgia Piedmont Tech to cut several high-ranking positions

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is eliminating 13 high-ranking positions, including its chief operating officer, in an effort to improve its finances, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday. The additional cuts include vice president of adult education, assistant vice presidents assigned to work in academic and student affairs and vice president of institutional effectiveness...
Education Notebook: Lessons from a stolen cellphone

Education Notebook: Lessons from a stolen cellphone

With technology moving so fast, the latest gadget is obsolete in a few years — especially cellphones. Parents used to debate about whether kids should have cellphones. Then it was at what age should they have a phone. Now, it’s how to keep it in one piece and in your child’s possession. Last week my son came home announcing that his phone had been stolen at school. He was concerned...
College Park to pay out former APS administrator who left city job 

College Park to pay out former APS administrator who left city job 

A former Atlanta schools administrator who pleaded guilty in the districtwide test-cheating case will receive a two-month severance payment from College Park, where she worked for less than four months as the city’s human resources director.  Millicent Few started her College Park job Jan. 22. She left the position earlier this month, about two weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
APS cheating-trial figure lands, soon leaves job with College Park

APS cheating-trial figure lands, soon leaves job with College Park

In a four-month span, the former Atlanta schools human resources chief, whom prosecutors said helped hide a districtwide cheating scandal, landed and then left another high-level government job. The City of College Park hired Millicent Few, who pleaded guilty four years ago for her role in the Atlanta Public Schools conspiracy, to be its human resources director in January. Her last day was May 11...
Film festival shows students STEM in action

Film festival shows students STEM in action

Gwinnett County’s M.H. Mason Elementary School recently tried a new way to show students the real-life value of STEM  (Science, technology, education and math) learning: a film festival. “I wanted to show the students how they can incorporate what they learn in the classroom with some of their own creativity and come up with something unique and entertaining,” said Amanda Ray...
Savannah State University police chief out

Savannah State University police chief out

James Barnwell, recently accused of sexual harassment and assault of some female officers in his department, is no longer Savannah State University’s police chief. Savannah State officials would not discuss the terms of his departure, saying it’s a personnel matter. The university has named an interim chief, Ulysses Bryant. Barnwell’s departure was reported Thursday in...
DeKalb County School District 2018-19 calendar

DeKalb County School District 2018-19 calendar

School is officially out for summer, and while kids wish it would last forever, DeKalb County Schools will return in a few months. The first day of school for DeKalb is officially set for Monday, August 6.  During last year’s school year, DeKalb made adjustments throughout the year due to severe weather from Tropical Storm Irma and snow days. Here are important dates for DeKalb students...
Students took Georgia Milestones tests, but what will the scores reveal?

Students took Georgia Milestones tests, but what will the scores reveal?

Students took their mandatory Georgia Milestones tests before going home for the summer, and the public won’t hear the results for a while. But when the scores are released, the outcome shouldn’t be a surprise. A new analysis shows that the best predictors of the scores are things we already know: race and ethnicity and the correlation with wealth, poverty and related social factors. In...
Iconic Georgia Tech sign gets a facelift

Iconic Georgia Tech sign gets a facelift

Georgia Tech students and faculty may have noticed a sign of something different on campus this week. Yes, that sign! Tech, with little fanfare this week, replaced the letters of its famed “TECH” signs on the tower of its administration building. The letters and colors are still the same, but the design has a more classic look. So why did they make the change? “We are making the...
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