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DeKalb Schools: Bus drivers could stage sick-out

DeKalb Schools: Bus drivers could stage sick-out

DeKalb County School District bus drivers may not show up to take your child to school Thursday. District officials said they are aware the drivers may stage a sickout -- calling in sick for work to send a message to district leadership -- and are preparing parents for the possibility. Parents are expected to receive a phone call from the district warning them buses may not arrive as planned. ...
Deal appoints two Georgia Power execs to state boards

Deal appoints two Georgia Power execs to state boards

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that he’s appointed two Georgia Power executives to two of the state’s most influential boards. Paul Bowers, who had been on the Georgia Board of Regents, was appointed to the Georgia Ports Authority. Deal appointed Chris Cummiskey to fill the vacancy on the Board of Regents. Bowers is the chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power, the...
#Beychella performance fueled by metro Atlanta influence

#Beychella performance fueled by metro Atlanta influence

Beyoncé’s HBCU-inspired Coachella performance included band members who live and work in metro Atlanta. Social media blew up as Beyoncé began her history-making turn as Coachella’s first black headliner. Viewers across metro Atlanta soon learned they knew many of those in her band, and behind their moves. The band was led by Don P. Roberts, who serves as instrumental...
Atlanta United 2 players to help Gwinnett students in garden cleanup

Atlanta United 2 players to help Gwinnett students in garden cleanup

Two Atlanta United 2 players will visit a Norcross elementary school to help students with a garden cleanup. READ | Gwinnett city using goats to manage vegetation in park Jon Gallagher and Paul Christensen will visit Graves Elementary School on Thursday, April 19. They will partner with students in a cleanup of the school’s learning garden as a part of Major League Soccer’s Greener...
Kennesaw State changes mind and reinstates culinary/hospitality degree

Kennesaw State changes mind and reinstates culinary/hospitality degree

Reversing its decision in October, Kennesaw State has decided to allow new students to major in its Culinary Sustainability & Hospitality degree program. A statement from Linda Noble, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, on Tuesday said the university came to the decision “following a review by the University System.” The University System of Georgia has the final...
Highest Georgia court won’t hear 2 ex-APS educators’ appeals

Highest Georgia court won’t hear 2 ex-APS educators’ appeals

The Supreme Court of Georgia will not hear appeals of two former Atlanta Public Schools educators convicted three years ago in a districtwide cheating conspiracy. The supreme court on Monday rejected Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson’s petitions for an appeal, meaning that an August ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals that upheld their convictions still stands. Cotman’s attorney...
Georgia Board of Regents votes not to raise tuition

Georgia Board of Regents votes not to raise tuition

University System of Georgia students got some good news Tuesday. Their tuition will not increase this fall. The Georgia Board of Regents voted not to raise tuition for undergraduate and graduate students. Last year, the board voted to increase tuition by 2 percent. USG officials cited budget increases recently approved by Gov. Nathan Deal and state lawmakers, in part, as the reason for not raising...
State’s top court won’t hear appeals for 2 convicted in APS cheating case

State’s top court won’t hear appeals for 2 convicted in APS cheating case

The Supreme Court of Georgia will not hear appeals sought by two former Atlanta Public Schools educators who were convicted three years ago in a district cheating conspiracy.  The supreme court on Monday rejected Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson’s petitions for an appeal, meaning that an August ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals that upheld their convictions still stands. ...
New preschool to open in North Fulton this fall

New preschool to open in North Fulton this fall

Parents in Sandy Springs will now have an extra option when selecting a preschool for their kids. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta — which is based in Dunwoody — will open a new school in north Fulton County. It will be called the MJCCA Schiff School and will be held at Temple Emanu-El, a synagogue at 1580 Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs. READ | After G-League MVP...
Fulton schools to hold hiring fair Saturday

Fulton schools to hold hiring fair Saturday

The Fulton County School System will hold a 2018 spring teacher-hiring event April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center’s Georgia Ballroom in downtown Atlanta. The center is at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW. Candidates are encouraged to apply now and register to reserve their spot for the event by visiting www.fultonschools.org.   “The...
APS schedules 2018 high school graduation dates

APS schedules 2018 high school graduation dates

Atlanta Public Schools announced the schedule for high school commencements, to take place May 19-25.  All commencement ceremonies will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C3, except for the Drew Charter School, which will hold its 2 p.m. May 19 ceremony at its school gymnasium.  Other Atlanta commencement events are as follows:  May 22: 3 p.m. Kipp Atlanta Collegiate...
Cops: Child’s beating discovered after asking Cobb school nurse for ice

Cops: Child’s beating discovered after asking Cobb school nurse for ice

A child’s trip to a Cobb County school nurse led to the arrest of a Powder Springs man, police said. Tmon Hall, 31, spent about 12 hours in jail after being booked late Tuesday on a felony child cruelty charge, Cobb jail records show. Hall hit the child across the thigh with an extension cord, leaving a large welt, according to a police warrant. READ | More arrests shed light on Cobb...
Stacey Abrams outlines higher education plan for Georgia

Stacey Abrams outlines higher education plan for Georgia

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Saturday laid out her plans to make college more affordable for students, increase accessibility and make campuses safer. Her proposals include: Needs-based aid for low-income students that would be called HOPE 2.0, restoring tuition-free certificates and diplomas for students with at least a 2.0 grade-point average, a “Cradle...
Here’s why this high school turned down $25 million from a billionaire alumnus

Here’s why this high school turned down $25 million from a billionaire alumnus

Billionaire Stephen A. Schwarzman wanted to give $25 million to his alma mater in Pennsylvania, Abington High School. And the school board was eager to get the money for a renovation and new technology center. But the money wasn't exactly free, and the community was not amused when it learned the details. » RELATED: Man with Down syndrome on track to become millionaire Schwarzman, chairman...
Kennesaw State to offer MBA courses in North Fulton city

Kennesaw State to offer MBA courses in North Fulton city

If folks in north Fulton County want to pursue a degree in business, they now won’t have to go far to do so. The city of Sandy Springs has teamed up with nearby Kennesaw State University to offer master of business adminstration classes at the new City Springs complex. City Springs is set to open in phases this summer and is a mixed-use development that will feature city hall, retail, restaurants...
Atlanta charter school teacher suspended after students’ blackface performance

Atlanta charter school teacher suspended after students’ blackface performance

A Kindezi Schools teacher deemed responsible for a second-grade black history month performance in which the students held blackface masks has been suspended without pay for a month. Rachelle Clay, a teacher at the Old Fourth Ward charter school who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, will serve the suspension from April 12 to May 14. The school’s principal Gilberte Pascal...
See all the Georgia schools involved in the 2018 Shuler Hensley Awards

See all the Georgia schools involved in the 2018 Shuler Hensley Awards

The 2018 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, which honor the best in the state’s high school theater, are coming up.  Also known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, more than 70 schools from 29 Georgia counties entered in the statewide competition this year, according to a press release. A live awards show with a red carpet, student performances and a live orchestra will air...
Georgia Piedmont Tech College president being removed amid financial investigation

Georgia Piedmont Tech College president being removed amid financial investigation

Technical College System of Georgia officials are investigating the finances of Georgia Piedmont Technical College after federal and state officials found problems serious enough that the system is removing its president. Jabari Simama’s last day as the college’s president will be May 11, system spokesman Mark D’Alessio told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday. Four other administrators...
Georgia schools work to ease skilled-trades shortage

Georgia schools work to ease skilled-trades shortage

Construction projects are cropping up all over metro Atlanta as it has emerged from the Great Recession, but one challenge is filling the demand for workers. Industry leaders say there is a serious shortage of skilled workers, though local high schools are partnering with businesses, technical colleges and four-year universities to produce the necessary workforce. High schools throughout the state...
Georgia State University orders budget reallocation

Georgia State University orders budget reallocation

Georgia State University administrators are restructuring a small percentage of its budget to spend additional money on efforts, such as recruiting more faculty, officials said Thursday. Each college and unit that reports to a vice president has been asked to reallocate about two percent of its budget for various campus-wide priorities, according to spokeswoman Andrea Jones. The initiatives include...
Follow the money: the story behind test scores on national exam

Follow the money: the story behind test scores on national exam

Soon after the release of the “nation’s report card” Tuesday, education advocacy groups unleashed their differing interpretations of the results, along with their often contradictory prescriptions for fixing schools. They couldn’t agree whether the 2017 scores on the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress were bad or good — they were “flat” and...
N. Fulton school won’t allow 2 prom kings, students push for equality

N. Fulton school won’t allow 2 prom kings, students push for equality

Two high school students in north Fulton County have started an online petition, hoping to change the voting process for prom king and queen to make it possible that two people of the same gender can be elected to the court. The petition was started by two Chattahoochee High School seniors, Joel Lerner and Carter Hebert. The pair was nominated by fellow students to be on the “royal court&rdquo...
How is Georgia trying to fill construction labor shortage? Via education grants 

How is Georgia trying to fill construction labor shortage? Via education grants 

Major construction projects in metro Atlanta such as headquarters for NCR and the Northside Medical Office tower are proof that local construction continues to grow. But industry leaders say the growth is outpacing the supply of skilled workers. Looking to turn the tide, the state has invested resources in making sure the next generation is prepared to fill that need. Last year Gov. Nathan Deal launched...
Marietta set to approve $16M elementary school overhaul

Marietta set to approve $16M elementary school overhaul

After decades of painting murals and science experiments and first-day tears, it appears Park Street Elementary will be torn down and built anew. Marietta City Schools board of education members are set to vote on a resolution letting the state know it intends to go forward with the demolition and construction but would like some financial help. The exact amount wasn’t given. Voters last year...
Five takeaways from new report on college professor pay

Five takeaways from new report on college professor pay

The American Association of University Professors released its annual report Wednesday on faculty pay at the nation’s colleges and universities. Here are five things to know from the report: Presidents, on average, are paid nearly five times as much as full-time faculty members at their institutions. The average salary for a full-time professor is $104,820. Male faculty members make more than...
Cops: Man groped woman at Marietta school at unauthorized soccer match

Cops: Man groped woman at Marietta school at unauthorized soccer match

A man allegedly groped a woman during an unauthorized soccer game played on a Marietta school field over spring break. David Lee Pilgram, of Powder Springs, was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery, records show. After the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s inquiry about the alleged incident, Marietta school district superintendent Grant Rivera sent a note to parents, which...
Georgia State U gets $1.6 million to improve nursing homes statewide

Georgia State U gets $1.6 million to improve nursing homes statewide

Georgia State University has been awarded $1.6 million for a three-year training and development project to improve the state’s nursing homes, the university announced Tuesday. The project, called “Building Resources for Delivering Person-Centered Care in Georgia Nursing Homes,” builds on work done by the non-profit Culture Change Network of Georgia to support culture change...
Atlanta’s new Douglass cluster elementary school gets name, principal 

Atlanta’s new Douglass cluster elementary school gets name, principal 

A new Atlanta school, to be created by merging Fain and Towns elementary schools, will be called Harper-Archer Elementary School. The school will open in the fall of 2019 at what is now Harper-Archer Middle School. That building will receive a roughly $9.2 million, largely interior renovation that will begin this year to get it ready it for the new elementary school.  The changes are part of...
Marietta considering school bus tracker for parents

Marietta considering school bus tracker for parents

Marietta might ruin a lot excuses by children to parents. “Oh, um, well ... the bus broke down! That’s why I was late ... My chocolate mouth? Yeah, I can explain that. The bus repair person felt sorry for us so he gave everyone chocolate for the inconvenience.” Nice try, kid. READ | 5-star Cobb basketball recruit makes his choice for college Marietta City Schools board of education...
Atlanta school board OKs $46 million contract to reopen MLK’s old school

Atlanta school board OKs $46 million contract to reopen MLK’s old school

The Atlanta school board approved a $46 million contract to renovate Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood school, closed for more than 40 years. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the not-to-exceed contract with Parrish Construction Group to transform the shuttered David T. Howard Building in the Old Fourth Ward into the new Howard Middle School. Officials said the project...
Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap

Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap

Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level, though. The National Assessment of Educational Progress...
APS superintendent calls for consequences after blackface performance

APS superintendent calls for consequences after blackface performance

Atlanta Superintendent Meria Carstarphen urged a charter school to finish its investigation into a student performance that featured blackface masks and called for “appropriate consequences.” The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward sparked an uproar in late March after a parent posted a video on social media of second graders reciting the poem “We Wear the Mask,” in which the...
Georgia online charter high school to close

Georgia online charter high school to close

Georgia’s first virtual charter high school that aims to graduate at-risk students will close in June after six years of operation. Graduation Achievement Charter High School announced the decision Monday after a March vote by its board of directors. Roughly 2,100 students attend the school, with 271 seniors eligible to graduate before it closes, according to Superintendent Monica Henson. The...
5-star Cobb basketball recruit makes his choice for college

5-star Cobb basketball recruit makes his choice for college

Everyone in college basketball has been talking about one Wheeler High School senior this year. And finally, he has made his choice. E.J. Montgomery, considered one of the most talented forwards heading into college ball, announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky via his Instagram on Monday. “I’m rocking Kentucky blue,” the post read, probably a reference to the song ...
Basketball player from North Fulton will transfer from Ga. Southern

Basketball player from North Fulton will transfer from Ga. Southern

Shawn O’Connell won’t finish his college basketball career in a blue and gold uniform. The native of north Fulton County announced in a tweet that he is using his final year of eligibility elsewhere and will leave Georgia Southern University as a graduate transfer. He will graduate from the Statesboro school this spring and be able to play immediately for whatever school he chooses to...
Latina-owned company starts first-time fellowship at Georgia Tech

Latina-owned company starts first-time fellowship at Georgia Tech

An Atlanta-owned business has become the first Latina-owned business to create a fellowship at Georgia Tech, according to officials involved in the partnership. Carlos Sanchez and Guiomar Obregon, president and CEO of the construction company Precision 2000, have agreed with Georgia Tech to create the Precision 2000 Inc. Fellowship Fund. It will benefit Colombian post-graduate students attending...
New legislation to change school funding, discipline, testing

New legislation to change school funding, discipline, testing

Kindergarten students will start learning about sexual assault, schools will find it more difficult to expel misbehaving tykes, and people who speed through a school zone could get caught by a machine instead of a police officer, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs these recently passed bills. They are among about two dozen consequential school-related bills that passed the Georgia General Assembly. Perhaps...
West Georgia Tech has new president

West Georgia Tech has new president

West Georgia Technical College has a new president. Technical College System of Georgia board members named Scott Rule the new president of the college, located in LaGrange, at a meeting Thursday. Rule was the system’s assistant commissioner for data, planning and research.  He has been a technical instructor, chief information officer, vice president for academic affairs, vice president...
Georgia educator who helped students get diplomas nearly 50 years after protest dies

Georgia educator who helped students get diplomas nearly 50 years after protest dies

Geneva Woods, a retired teacher from Pike County, knew she was in poor health, but she had one last mission before she died Tuesday. Woods spearheaded an effort to get students from the 1969 senior class at the all black Pike County Consolidated High School receive their diplomas after the school district’s superintendent withheld the diplomas because of a student walkout to protest what they...
Longtime philanthropists give UGA $5 million to start scholarship program

Longtime philanthropists give UGA $5 million to start scholarship program

The University of Georgia announced Thursday it has received a $5 million gift that will be used to start a scholarship for students with significant financial need. The gift is from prominent Georgia businessman and philanthropist A.D. “Pete” Correll and his wife, Ada Lee, both UGA graduates. The Correll Scholars Program will offer annual $7,000 scholarships to two dozen students starting...
Proposed APS board resolution: Shootings require ‘complex solutions’

Proposed APS board resolution: Shootings require ‘complex solutions’

The Atlanta school board will consider adopting a school safety resolution that expresses support for student activists and calls for more money for security and counselors but does not explicitly mention gun-law reforms.  The two-page proposed resolution, which will go before the Atlanta Board of Education on Monday, does not directly reference guns or advocate for gun control as some students...
Implicit racial bias causes black boys to be disciplined at school more than whites, federal report finds

Implicit racial bias causes black boys to be disciplined at school more than whites, federal report finds

Starting in prekindergarten, black boys and girls were disciplined at school far more than their white peers in 2013-2014, according to a government analysis of data that said implicit racial bias was the likely cause of these continuing disparities. The analysis, issued Wednesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, said students with disabilities and all boys also experienced disproportionate...
Atlanta ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’ scheduled for Saturday

Atlanta ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’ scheduled for Saturday

Gun-control advocates will host town halls Saturday with Georgia legislators.  The “Town Hall for Our Lives” events are the next step taken by some activists and students who organized last month’s March for Our Lives. They are calling for gun-law reform after the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Concerned Students of Georgia will host a town hall, with speakers...
Henry County Schools responds to teacher recording blasting Trump

Henry County Schools responds to teacher recording blasting Trump

Henry County Schools described a student’s recording of a teacher blasting President Donald Trump as an “isolated incident” and said the district does not tolerate “the infusion of political bias into classroom lessons.” In the recording, captured in a Hampton Middle School classroom by student Josie Orihuela and posted on YouTube in late February, a teacher can be heard...
APS unveils new look for MLK’s childhood school

APS unveils new look for MLK’s childhood school

Atlanta Public Schools unveiled architectural renderings for a renovated David T. Howard school, once attended by Martin Luther King Jr.  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen commemorated the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination with a blog post that showcased two drawings depicting how the district plans to transform the old school into a new Howard...
State senator resigns chairmanship over charter school bill vote

State senator resigns chairmanship over charter school bill vote

State Sen. Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta, is resigning as chairman of the senate’s education committee after disagreeing with Republican colleagues on a bill that would pump more money into state charter schools. “I didn’t see a fruitful future if the vast majority of the (Republican) caucus is different than you on a critical issue,” said Tippins, explaining his decision...
Savannah State police chief under sexual misconduct investigation

Savannah State police chief under sexual misconduct investigation

The police chief of one of Georgia’s public universities is on paid administrative leave amid allegations he sexually harassed and assaulted female police officers in his department. At least three female officers have accused Savannah State University police Chief James Barnwell of inappropriate behavior. Two of the women filed complaints last week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...
Parents sue APS after son allegedly raped in school bathroom

Parents sue APS after son allegedly raped in school bathroom

The parents of a special needs student filed a federal lawsuit against Atlanta Public Schools seeking unspecified damages after their son was allegedly raped in a school bathroom by another student.  The parents filed the lawsuit Friday, on the two-year anniversary of the alleged incident at the all-boys B.E.S.T. Academy. Their son was 16 at the time but had &ldquo...
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