Education


Engineering firm shows students how lessons apply in real world

A primary focus of today’s school systems is educating students with an eye toward career goals, so engaging private businesses is key. A recent outing sponsored by Columbia Engineering, a community partner with nearby Coleman Middle School, shows why. It gave a group of eighth-graders what teacher LaShandia Hill called “a true ‘day in the life’ experience. They get the chance...


Change to Georgia senate bill raises safety concerns

Change to Georgia senate bill raises safety concerns

Some Georgia Tech students and residents who live near the campus are raising concerns about recent changes to legislation they fear will impede campus safety. Senate Bill 348 initially allowed campus police to go up to 500 yards off campus to make arrests. Senate lawmakers, though, changed the distance campus police can venture off campus to make an arrest to 500 feet. Some Tech students and residents...
Arm teachers at school? Most metro Atlanta districts say no

Arm teachers at school? Most metro Atlanta districts say no

Laura Morse said the idea of adding first-responder duties to teachers by giving them guns is not one she welcomes. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would like to see some teachers armed and trained to assist during school shootings, saying they would impact a situation faster than it would take law enforcement to arrive. After last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla....
Kennesaw State’s campus speech zones unconstitutional, lawsuit says

Kennesaw State’s campus speech zones unconstitutional, lawsuit says

A Christian student organization is suing Kennesaw State University, saying its rules for where students can speak and post displays on campus are restrictive and unconstitutional. The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta on Tuesday against the university on behalf of Ratio Christi, which describes itself as a club that attempts to strengthen the faith of Christian...
Pro athletes gather at Morehouse College for social-justice workshop

Pro athletes gather at Morehouse College for social-justice workshop

More than two dozen current and former professional athletes are in Atlanta learning ways to promote social-justice causes, a result of last year’s contentious debate over the appropriateness of some football players kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about police misconduct and other issues. The visitors are at a three-day “Advocacy In Sport” workshop at Morehouse...
Altered test scores years ago altered lives, stained Atlanta schools

Altered test scores years ago altered lives, stained Atlanta schools

Beverly Hall burnished her reputation as the make-no-excuses superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools using rapidly rising test scores from schools in the district’s poorest neighborhoods. There was one big problem: The test results were fake. In 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported suspicious scores on the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and the AJC bolstered...
APS tries to aid cheating victims but impact is small

APS tries to aid cheating victims but impact is small

It’s been nearly a decade since Kyrsten Burch took one of the high-stakes standardized tests that would make convicts out of cheating teachers and catapult Atlanta Public Schools into infamy. She was among thousands of Atlanta students whose 2009 exams, on which many wrong answers had been erased and corrected, exposed a massive cheating conspiracy by educators who snagged bonuses...
ADA: Gwinnett teacher charged with sex assault impregnated ex-student

ADA: Gwinnett teacher charged with sex assault impregnated ex-student

A former Gwinnett County band director who has been charged with 20 counts of sexual assault had a relationship with a student in North Carolina that resulted in a child, Assistant District Attorney Matt Acuff said Thursday. Villie Jones, 44, was denied bond after a Thursday hearing. The sexual assault charges, as well as one charge of child molestation, stem from alleged sexual relationships that...
Construction underway for roundabout at Cobb elementary school

Construction underway for roundabout at Cobb elementary school

Students at Cheatham Hill Elementary School in Marietta might be learning a new word come fall: roundabout. The Cobb County Department of Transportation posted to Facebook on Thursday that construction is underway for a roundabout near the school. Crews will create a single-lane roundabout at John Ward and Irwin roads, improve the school’s driveway, add a left-turn lane for the school...
Georgia Colleges: Agnes Scott, Spelman make top 10  in Peace Corps rankings

Georgia Colleges: Agnes Scott, Spelman make top 10  in Peace Corps rankings

Two metro Atlanta colleges on Wednesday made the top ten on a highly-competitive list that shows their students’ willingness to help others. Spelman College in Atlanta tied for fourth among schools with less than 5,000 students in the number of alumnae volunteering worldwide in the Peace Corps. Decatur-based Agnes Scott was tied for tenth on the list among schools with less than 5,000 students...
Georgia House committee approves HOPE scholarship eligibility change

Georgia House committee approves HOPE scholarship eligibility change

A Georgia House of Representatives committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill that would extend student eligibility for the HOPE Scholarship from seven to 15 years. Rep. Rick WIlliams, R-Milledgeville, the main sponsor of House Bill 928, said the extension is needed to help students who had to temporarily end their academic careers for various reasons. “It gives them time...
Victim was ‘used, manipulated’ by Gwinnett teacher guilty of sex abuse

Victim was ‘used, manipulated’ by Gwinnett teacher guilty of sex abuse

After it was revealed that a Parkview High School student had been sexually abused for two years by her teacher, Michael “Mikey” Henderson, she didn’t receive compassion from her fellow students.  Instead, she was harassed and threatened to the point that she stopped going to school days before her high school graduation, her mother said. When she walked the stage to receive...
Man indicted for allegedly bringing gun to Cobb school in gang payback

Man indicted for allegedly bringing gun to Cobb school in gang payback

A Mableton man has been indicted for allegedly bringing a gun to South Cobb High School in 2016 as retaliation for a gang fight the day before. Amarius Norris, who is alleged to have ties to the Bloods gang, was indicted Thursday on charges of carrying a gun on campus and theft, Cobb County court records show. Norris was 19 years old when police said he brought a stolen Cobra .380-caliber pistol...
Georgia senate committee removes fines, explusions from campus speech bill

Georgia senate committee removes fines, explusions from campus speech bill

The Georgia senate’s higher education committee voted Tuesday to remove provisions from a bill that would impose fines and penalties as severe as expulsion for student protesters who repeatedly stop people from speaking on Georgia's public college campuses. Senate Bill 339 would include an amendment that would have the University System of Georgia create a range of unspecified penalties...
Wakanda for a day? Area students view ‘Black Panther’ in style

Wakanda for a day? Area students view ‘Black Panther’ in style

Jay Bailey saw the Black Panther character on screen two years ago while watching “Captain America: Civil War” on a flight from California to Atlanta. The moment immediately transformed him from 40-year-old man to 12-year-old fan, he said. He wanted to give that same experience to kids once the Black Panther movie hit theaters. “I called my wife (two years ago) and said we&rsquo...
Atlanta schools and city bringing deed fight to close

Atlanta schools and city bringing deed fight to close

The Atlanta City Council agreed Monday to transfer deeds to 31 properties to Atlanta Public Schools, bringing partial closure to a long-running dispute over who controls school sites. For several years, the school district and city have been locked in a battle over deeds to school properties the city held onto after APS legally split from the city in the 1970s. The city, under former Mayor Kasim Reed...
Atlanta City Council approves transfer of 31 properties to APS

Atlanta City Council approves transfer of 31 properties to APS

The Atlanta City Council agreed Monday to transfer deeds to 31 properties to Atlanta Public Schools.  The action helps fulfill a campaign promise made by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to turn over to APS deeds to school properties held by the city, a leftover from before the city and school district became separate legal entities in the 1970s.  ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL: See who’s new...
8 Gwinnett students named U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates

8 Gwinnett students named U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates

Eight Gwinnett County Public Schools students have been named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, the U.S. Department of Education announced. READ | Gwinnett JROTC leader resigns after ‘inappropriate comments’ reported Up to 161 students receive the designation of U.S. Presidential Scholar each year. Hundreds of students have been named candidates for...
Georgia school to drug-test students by using hair samples

Georgia school to drug-test students by using hair samples

A private school in east Georgia intends to start drug-testing its oldest students. » RELATED: Doctors and the opioid crisis: An AJC National Investigation The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that Brookstone School in Columbus recently announced that the drug-testing of students in grades 8-12 will be voluntary next school year - and then mandatory in succeeding years. Brookstone plans...
Marietta superintendent on Parkland: ‘Our children have become numb’

Marietta superintendent on Parkland: ‘Our children have become numb’

Marietta’s superintendent Grant Rivera appeared on the “HLN Weekend Express” program this weekend to describe how to talk to children about tragedy and what he’s doing locally. His appearance came days after 14 students and three school staff were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by expelled student 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz in Parkland...
Georgia students recognized for academic excellence

Georgia students recognized for academic excellence

The Georgia Board of Regents at its board meeting last week honored a student from each of its colleges and universities for classroom academic achievements. Here are the students: Olivia N. Minish - Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Alexius Lampkin - Albany State University Antonio D. McGaha - Atlanta Metropolitan State College Mckensie L. Jones - Augusta University Charles Tabb Lane - Bainbridge...
Public school, private industry partner for student success

Public school, private industry partner for student success

A Gwinnett County education program is converging with business interests as a way to give students immediate work skills or prepare them for higher education. Shiloh High School cut the ribbon on its mock pharmacy lab Thursday. With assistance from the CVS Pharmacy chain, the new lab will provide students enrolled in the school’s Wellness Health and Education Academy with hands-on training...
Shooting raises questions about school safety in metro Atlanta

Shooting raises questions about school safety in metro Atlanta

The morning after 17 people were shot and killed inside a Florida high school, Frances Greene was driving her grandson to school when she said he asked a question. “Will it happen at my school, Nana?,” the boy, a seventh-grader at Gwinnett County’s Moore Middle School, wondered. Will it happen at my school? Are schools and law enforcement doing enough to prevent such tragedies? What...
Georgia school legislation could cost millions

Georgia school legislation could cost millions

Two school bills that could channel more than $30 million in state tax dollars to private schools and charter schools next year are moving through the Georgia House of Representatives. House Bill 482 allows parents to opt their children out of public schools and take state money with them. The state funding, typically half the amount it costs to educate a student, could be used instead to offset private...
Decatur woman organizing school walkouts to protest gun violence

Decatur woman organizing school walkouts to protest gun violence

After yet another deadly school shooting, a fed up Decatur mother decided she couldn’t wait any longer for change to come. Clare Schexnyder heard the reports of gunfire that killed at least 17 people this week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. She watched the footage of SWAT teams rescuing students. And she thought: What is it going to take to stop school violence...
3 DeKalb Schools lock down in wake of Fla. shooting

3 DeKalb Schools lock down in wake of Fla. shooting

DeKalb County school district officials said several schools were on lockdown Friday for various reasons, in wake of a school shooting in Florida where 17 students and staff were killed. Spokesman Andre Riley said Hambrick Elementary and Stone Mountain High School were put on lockdown for about a half hour Friday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. as police chased a suspect through the area. An hour-long...
Officials: N. Fulton student arrested after Snapchat threats 

Officials: N. Fulton student arrested after Snapchat threats 

A metro Atlanta student was arrested Friday after he sent a threatening message on Snapchat, a spokesperson with Fulton County schools said. The male student is 12 years old and attends Sandy Springs Charter Middle School. Donna Lowry with Fulton County schools said he was arrested by Sandy Springs police and is being charged with terroristic threats. Officials did not say exactly what the post said...
DOJ: Man who falsely claimed to rep Migos, scammed Emory indicted

DOJ: Man who falsely claimed to rep Migos, scammed Emory indicted

A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. PREVIOUSLY | Emory paid $37,000 to bogus bookers claiming to represent Migos MORE | Emory scammed by group posing as Migos...
DeKalb Schools: Popular principal removed amid investigation

DeKalb Schools: Popular principal removed amid investigation

The principal at DeKalb’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy has been removed, district officials said Wednesday. Brian Bolden is at least the third DeKalb County School District principal to be removed from a school so far this school year. District officials would only say he is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. A letter sent to parents on Friday announced an...
Deadly Florida shooting rattles metro Atlanta students and staff 

Deadly Florida shooting rattles metro Atlanta students and staff 

Catherine Huynh went to classes at Berkmar High School on Thursday morning knowing how lucky she was. About 650 miles away in Parkland, Fla., roughly the population of Acworth, more than 3,000 students stayed home because expelled student Nikolas Cruz allegedly gunned down 17 people at his former school Wednesday. Huynh, an 18-year-old senior in Lilburn, said she has never felt at risk at...
Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate

Alternative testing bill passes Georgia Senate

Legislation that would let school districts experiment with home-gown alternatives to Georgia’s state standardized tests advanced through the state Senate Thursday. The Georgia Milestones come at the end of a school year,  or in some cases at the end of a semester. That means teachers get the results after their students have moved on, so they complain that the tests don’t help them...
5,800 Cobb students can transfer schools; application period ends soon

5,800 Cobb students can transfer schools; application period ends soon

As a way for Cobb County students to attend a school they aren’t zoned for, the district has announced there will be 5,800 transfer seats for the 2018-2019 school year. The district said Wednesday it is accepting school choice transfer applications until Feb. 28. Parents are not required to say why they want to transfer their child to a different school, the district said, but parents do have...
Gwinnett JROTC leader resigns after ‘inappropriate comments’ reported

Gwinnett JROTC leader resigns after ‘inappropriate comments’ reported

Parkview High School’s JROTC instructor has resigned after a Title IX investigation was opened looking into his behavior, Gwinnett County Public Schools said.  Maj. Ron Tootle, who had been with the school for nearly eight years, resigned on Jan. 30, citing personal reasons, said Sloan Roach, a district spokeswoman. A Title IX and human resources investigation had been opened into Tootle...
Local schools track trouble via social media

Local schools track trouble via social media

In an age when school-related shootings are not unusual, Georgia colleges and school systems are preparing for the worst.  When Cobb County school police got a tip last week that a middle school student had threatened to "shoot up" a school the day after the Oregon college campus killings, they acted.   Officers went to the student's home to investigate. The student...
Georgia’s HBCUs: Augusta’s Paine College in a fight for its future

Georgia’s HBCUs: Augusta’s Paine College in a fight for its future

For more than a year, Paine College has conducted a multi-layered campaign for its future. In 2016, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools attempted to revoke the Augusta college’s accreditation, citing several concerns about its finances. Without its accreditation, aren’t eligible for federal student aid, and degrees conferred may carry no weight with employers or graduate schools...
This Life: Counselor’s compassion to family helps anchor student’s future

This Life: Counselor’s compassion to family helps anchor student’s future

So often we get so caught up in our differences that we forget, whether we admit it or not, that at our core we’re all the same. We all bleed red. We all want to be loved and accepted. We’re all human. Keep that in mind as you read the story of 15-year-old Jemariya Patterson and her mom La Toya, who at just 34 years of age has been battling heart disease now for nearly a decade. Keep in...
Gwinnett Schools: Ivy Prep charter to relocate, close for one year

Gwinnett Schools: Ivy Prep charter to relocate, close for one year

The Gwinnett campus of Ivy Prep Academy will close temporarily at the end of this school year. A recommendation from staff of the State Charter Schools Commission asks that the school be allowed a year to move to a new location and reopen for the 2019-2020 school year. The final commission decision is expected Feb. 28. Ivy Preparatory, a middle school for girls in Gwinnett County that opened in 2008...
Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta

Accusations fly in tax tiff between Clayton schools and Delta

The tax fight between a Georgia school system and Delta Air Lines took a nasty turn Wednesday, with the local school superintendent alleging that the multi-billion dollar company is accusing his administration of “sharing falsehoods.” Clayton County schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley issued a statement Wednesday morning about a letter to Delta employees. “The communication...
Georgia colleges say campus speech bill unnecessary

Georgia colleges say campus speech bill unnecessary

Georgia college officials and the presidents of its two largest universities told state lawmakers Tuesday that legislation aimed at protecting the rights of people invited to speak on campuses is unnecessary and could increase security costs and raise liability. The bill’s supporters, though, argued the legislation, Senate Bill 339, is needed because current speech rules do not offer enough...
Georgia colleges to partner with businesses on curriculum, new degree

Georgia colleges to partner with businesses on curriculum, new degree

University System of Georgia officials announced Tuesday they will offer a new degree called “nexus,” based on a curriculm to be developed by the colleges, businesses and experts in high-demand industries, that they hope will better prepare students for the workforce. The nexus degrees could be in areas such as financial technology or cybertechnology, officials said. USG Chancellor Steve...
Marietta High retires number of Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson

Marietta High retires number of Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson will forever be in the outfield at Marietta High School. That’s where the school put a sign with his number — 3 — which was retired Monday night at the Blue Devils’ opening game of the season. The Atlanta Braves shortstop, despite legitimate hitting concerns that put him on the bench and beyond, had a breakout season with his hometown professional...
DeKalb parent says district didn’t properly probe son’s abuse claims

DeKalb parent says district didn’t properly probe son’s abuse claims

DeKalb County School District officials closed an investigation where a Lakeside High School student was allegedly choked by a JROTC instructor. William Bedor said his son accused the JROTC instructor of grabbing him at the neck during a field trip in Charleston on Oct. 28. Bedor said the instructor, not named as he was never charged with a crime, said by phone that he grabbed the teen by the throat...
What’s that sound? SWAT training this week at old North Fulton school

What’s that sound? SWAT training this week at old North Fulton school

Folks living near the former Milton High School campus in Alpharetta may have heard a bang or other loud noises earlier this week. Several of those folks called the city to see what was up. Turns out, the cause of the loud noises coming from the old high school was caused by several police agencies in metro Atlanta using the high school for SWAT training. Officials with the city of Alpharetta...
DeKalb Schools hires new HR chief

DeKalb Schools hires new HR chief

DeKalb Schools has hired a new chief human capital management officer, who will begin work in the spring. Bernice Gregory comes to the school district from Spotsylvania County Public Schools in Fredericksburg, Va. The Georgia native, district officials said in a release announcing her hiring, has worked to fill classrooms with certified teachers as well as diversifying staff to mirror their respective...
Want to be the next Bill Gates? Georgia State has a place for that

Want to be the next Bill Gates? Georgia State has a place for that

Georgia State University students who feel like they have the next big idea to become the next Bill Gates now have a place on campus to explore their creativity. The state’s largest university is scheduled Wednesday to have a grand opening for LanuchGSU, its new incubator for student entrepreneurship and innovation. LaunchGSU will be located on the first floor of 58 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta. LaunchGSU...
What are Georgia’s most recent school shootings?

What are Georgia’s most recent school shootings?

Mass shootings at Georgia schools, both colleges and primary to high schools, are rare. Incidents in recent years where guns were discharged at school typically involved fights between individuals, or students discharging sneaked-in weapons by accident. Here is a list of shooting incidents on campuses that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was able to track down.  Two Albany State University students...
Tax cut for Delta, other airlines fuels protest by Clayton schools

Tax cut for Delta, other airlines fuels protest by Clayton schools

A Georgia proposal to eliminate sales taxes on jet fuel could delay or force the cancellation of building renovations, air conditioning system overhauls and new construction work by Clayton County Public Schools. “I have several projects that I would have to delay, re-prioritize or maybe not do,” school Superintendent Morcease Beasley said Tuesday afternoon. To drive that point home, he...
School recess legislation back in Georgia

School recess legislation back in Georgia

A proposal to mandate daily recess for young students in public schools is back in the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 273 by Rep. Demetrius Douglas, D-Stockbridge, passed the Georgia House of Representatives last year but stalled in the Senate. It’s back again during this legislative session and, on Monday, the Senate Education and Youth Committee voted it out of committee, which means...
DeKalb Schools student dies from flu virus

DeKalb Schools student dies from flu virus

A DeKalb County School District student died from the flu on Sunday, school officials said Monday. The 15-year-old was a student at Cross Keys High School. A note from Principal Jason Heard informed staff of the teen’s passing Monday morning after classes started. His death is apparently the first in the district related to the flu. DeKalb County School District officials said in an interview...
Statistics often don’t tell whole story on school bullying

Statistics often don’t tell whole story on school bullying

Lauren Taylor lost track of the number of meetings she said she’s had with officials from Montgomery Elementary School about her son and his bully. She said the other student spat in her second-grader’s face and cornered him in a school bathroom already this year. She first reported the student to school officials two years ago when both boys were kindergartners, after her son came home...
Legislation mandates sex abuse education starting in kindergarten

Legislation mandates sex abuse education starting in kindergarten

Georgia’s children need to know what to do if they are being sexually abused. That’s the thinking behind one of several bills that address child sexual abuse in this legislative session. House Bill 762 mandates annual education on awareness and prevention of sexual abuse and assault for public school students in kindergarten through their freshman year of high school. Rep. Wes Cantrell...
DeKalb Schools to use virtual learning to recoup lessons lost to inclement weather

DeKalb Schools to use virtual learning to recoup lessons lost to inclement weather

DeKalb County School District officials announced Thursday they would use virtual learning days to make up two of four days lost to inclement weather in January. The district has never used virtual learning days to make up days lost to snow for its 102,000 students, though it has had the technology in place about three years. Students will make up two other days by attending school on Feb. 16...
Clayton Schools leader: losing jet-fuel tax would hurt education

Clayton Schools leader: losing jet-fuel tax would hurt education

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said a move by state legislators giving a jet-fuel tax to the world’s busiest airport would greatly affect the district’s efforts to educate its children. House Bill 821, which passed from the Ways and Means committee Thursday, would discontinue the current practice where Clayton County collects about $20 million on jet fuel sold...
Georgia legislation proposes sex abuse education starting in kindergarten

Georgia legislation proposes sex abuse education starting in kindergarten

Georgia’s children need to know what to do if they are being sexually abused. That’s the thinking behind House Bill 762, which mandates annual sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education for public school students in kindergarten through their freshman year of high school. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Wes Cantrell, R-Woodstock, said at subcommittee hearing of...
The Georgia K-12 schools agency retains control over career, technical and agricultural education

The Georgia K-12 schools agency retains control over career, technical and agricultural education

Ranking members of the Georgia House of Representatives no longer want to immediately shift control over career-oriented education from the state agency for public schools to the one that oversees technical colleges. House Bill 778 was introduced by the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Terry England, R-Auburn. The bill would have changed the agency that controls content standards...
Federal agency publishes discrimination cases online

Federal agency publishes discrimination cases online

New information on a federal website allows the general public to find out whether a college or school district is under investigation for discrimination. This month, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights published on its website a list of institutions and issues under investigation. An agency spokesman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday that this is the...
HBCU leaders coming to Atlanta for college conference

HBCU leaders coming to Atlanta for college conference

An estimated 1,000 students, educators, faculty and education leaders from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are expected in downtown Atlanta for a conference that starts Thursday aimed at promoting ideas to support the schools and their students. The United Negro College Fund Leadership Conference, held at the Marriott Marquis, will include dozens of companies...
Georgia senators consider alternatives to state standardized testing

Georgia senators consider alternatives to state standardized testing

A proposal to replace Georgia’s state standardized tests with more frequent, but smaller local tests made headway in the Georgia Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 362 establishes a pilot program for school districts to try alternatives to the Georgia Milestones. It passed out of the Senate Education Committee and should soon get a vote on the Senate floor. “I don’t forsee any problems...
Georgia legislation would give more money to state charter schools

Georgia legislation would give more money to state charter schools

A proposal in the Georgia General Assembly would give more money to state charter schools, which get less money per student than traditional public schools yet must outperform traditional schools or risk losing their charters. The State Charter Schools Commission was created by a 2012 constitutional amendment as an alternative to local districts for would-be charter schools seeking authority -- and...
Second Georgia bill would exempt schools from Vogtle construction tariff

Second Georgia bill would exempt schools from Vogtle construction tariff

The Georgia Senate’s top education lawmaker wants to exempt public schools from the cost of Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle nuclear construction. Senate Bill 393, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta, Wednesday, would delete the nuclear construction cost recovery tariff that appears on school power bills. “The financing costs not collected from such public schools shall...
Flu taking its toll on Georgia schools and colleges

Flu taking its toll on Georgia schools and colleges

School districts and colleges in Georgia are spending more time on a duty as important as educating students – keeping their classrooms clear of the flu. In one of the worst flu seasons in nearly a decade, Georgia has been hit hard. More than 50 Georgians have died from the flu this winter, including 15-year-old Kira Molina, who attended Newnan High School. The health care company Kinsa last...
Many Georgia schools grappling with more flu cases

Many Georgia schools grappling with more flu cases

Several schools and campuses in Georgia are increasingly worried about the flu’s impact on classroom operations as more than 50 Georgians have died from the flu this winter. Public college campuses are seeing more students with the flu in comparison to last year. Augusta University, for example, has seen a three-fold increase in reported flu cases, said Dr. Robert Dollinger, its director of...
DeKalb Schools loses its chief academic officer

DeKalb Schools loses its chief academic officer

Lisa Martin, DeKalb County School District’s chief academic and accountability officer, has left the district after less than two years, and while the district is implementing a new curriculum she helped oversee. District spokeswoman Eileen Houston-Stewart said via email that Martin’s official last day with the school district is Feb. 15. Martin has not been seen on campus in recent weeks...
APS plan means some teachers may not keep jobs at struggling school

APS plan means some teachers may not keep jobs at struggling school

Teachers at Atlanta’s Perkerson Elementary School would need to reapply for their jobs before they could return to their classrooms next school year under a proposal aimed at turning around the low-performing school. The Atlanta Board of Education is scheduled to vote March 5 on a “full school reconstitution” for the school that serves the Sylvan Hills neighborhood. The plan, recommended...
Justice Sotomayor bemoans lack of diverse backgrounds on top court

Justice Sotomayor bemoans lack of diverse backgrounds on top court

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor brought her campaign to get Americans more involved in civics to Atlanta on Tuesday and lamented the lack of diversity on the court in some areas. Sotomayor, in a question-and answer session at Emory University, explained she wrote her book “My Beloved World,” in part to share her story about how others helped her succeed. “I knew then and...
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