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CONTINUING COVERAGE: Cobb schools give teachers personal panic buttons

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Cobb schools give teachers personal panic buttons

Anxiety about school safety has led one metro Atlanta school district to outfit high school employees with personal panic buttons. The Cobb County School District claimed last year that it was the first in the state to try out the Alert Point product, a button on a badge-like communications card that teachers and other staffers can wear around their necks. Now, every Cobb high school is getting...
DeKalb Schools: Not every bus route has been smooth sailing

DeKalb Schools: Not every bus route has been smooth sailing

Some DeKalb Schools parents and students say bus services have been sporadic since school started two weeks ago. Maria Sugey Pulido said her daughter, an 11th-grade Chamblee Charter High School student with special needs, has not been picked up at all.  “I called the district and they said she had to wait two more weeks, until the 27th,” she said through a translator. “It is...
Tax delay could cost Fulton schools, APS up to $1 million

Tax delay could cost Fulton schools, APS up to $1 million

Fulton County tax-collection delays could require the two school districts who rely on that money to take out short-term loans costing up to $1 million combined in interest and fees. The Fulton County school board gave preliminary approval Thursday to take out a short-term loan of up to $70 million if additional delays in mailing tax bills cause a “cash crisis.” If the district ends up...
Private Midtown Atlanta preschool expanding to allow for more students

Private Midtown Atlanta preschool expanding to allow for more students

A private preschool in Atlanta will soon have room for a couple dozen more students.  Primrose School of Midtown, which opened at Colony Square in 2010, announced Thursday that it not only renewed its lease, but is expanding operations. The childcare provider plans to move this month from a 13,000-square-foot space to a 22,960-square-foot one. Keri Stoltz, owner of the Midtown franchise...
Clayton teacher arrested for child molestation

Clayton teacher arrested for child molestation

Channel 2 Action News’ Tom Jones reported that a Clayton County middle school teacher was arrested and charged with molesting a student at school. Investigators said the teacher, Darriel Bailey worked at M.D. Roberts Middle School in Jonesboro. He's accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student, according to a warrant. Channel 2's Tom Jones spoke to parents, who were appalled...
Fulton County Schools cancels class for students on Election Day

Fulton County Schools cancels class for students on Election Day

Fulton County Schools will cancel class on Election Day for students and instead hold a teacher work day. The school board on Thursday voted unanimously to keep students home on Nov. 6 in response to safety concerns about having class in session while members of the public enter school buildings to vote.  The teachers will use the day to receive training on safety protocols.  To make up...
Georgia colleges remember encounters with Aretha Franklin

Georgia colleges remember encounters with Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul left fond memories with several Georgia colleges and some of the people who worked there. Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76, performed at the Morehouse College King Chapel in 2009 at a birthday celebration for civil rights pioneer, the Rev. Joseph Lowery.  Henry Goodgame, Morehouse’s vice president of external affairs, recalled meeting Franklin at...
Organizers call end to teacher hunger strike

Organizers call end to teacher hunger strike

After reaching their goal of a commitment for four more years of fully funding public education in the state, a group of teachers has called an end to their hunger strike. “We achieved what we set out to do and everyone’s healthy and happy, so there’s really no need to continue the hunger strike,” said Alex Robson, organizer and founder of Hungry for Education. Robson and several...
Federal commission increased money for school safety

Federal commission increased money for school safety

Much like the committees from Georgia’s state Senate and House, which are reviewing best practices to make schools safer, President Donald Trump convened a group of department heads on a federal level. The Federal Commission on School Safety, formed shortly after the shooting earlier this year at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School,  will focus on best practices...
More Clark Atlanta University students assigned rooms

More Clark Atlanta University students assigned rooms

After a rocky start to the semester that may have affected about 150 Clark Atlanta University students, some formerly dormless students have been assigned rooms. Students were told Wednesday evening that all freshmen and sophomores who met enrollment requirements had been assigned housing by 5 p.m., but it is unclear how many students still need rooms Thursday. The university has not responded to...
Indictment: Ex-Gwinnett teacher who bit teen tried to bribe deputy

Indictment: Ex-Gwinnett teacher who bit teen tried to bribe deputy

A former Snellville Middle School teacher charged with biting a teenage girl’s buttocks in Lake Lanier has also been charged with trying to bribe a Hall County sheriff’s deputy, an indictment shows. Jonathan William Herbert, 30, was arrested after the alleged butt bite July 4. The 14-year-old girl was swimming on a Lake Lanier Islands beach around 8 p.m. when Herbert swam underwater...
Georgia State freshman’s class has record grade-point average

Georgia State freshman’s class has record grade-point average

Georgia State University’s freshman class had the best high school grades of any incoming class since the university began tracking such data. This semester’s first-year students had a 3.5 grade-point average, officials said in its annual report released Wednesday of the freshman class. Average SAT scores for incoming students have increased by 20 points. It’s also the largest...
Clark Atlanta names new safety director but won’t discuss predecessor’s status

Clark Atlanta names new safety director but won’t discuss predecessor’s status

Clark Atlanta University has a new public safety director, but won’t discuss why it made the leadership change. The university’s president, Ronald A. Johnson, sent an announcement to students, faculty and staff that Debra Ann Williams is the interim director, effective Wednesday. A university spokesman did not respond to questions about what happened to her predecessor, Joe L. Little Jr...
Spelman College takes steps to prevent hate crimes against LGBTQ students

Spelman College takes steps to prevent hate crimes against LGBTQ students

Spelman College president Mary Schmidt Campbell announced steps Wednesday afternoon she hopes will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students from physical and verbal attacks on campus. The measures include 30 additional cameras at the entrances and exits to the dorms and its law enforcement will increase patrols of the Atlanta campus if there is a physical incident. The...
Students perplexed as Clark Atlanta University housing issues persist

Students perplexed as Clark Atlanta University housing issues persist

Clark Atlanta University freshman and sophomores must live on campus to ensure they “receive a strong foundation and create a path of success,” the school’s website says. But for many students, campus living served as a distracting stressor instead of a stabilizing element on the first day of the fall semester. Sophomore Asma Alamin spent Wednesday morning in Augusta,...
After a retirement, APS isn’t hiring new executive director of safety 

After a retirement, APS isn’t hiring new executive director of safety 

Atlanta Public Schools has assigned the duties of its former executive director of safety and security to three other administrators.  Marquenta Sands Hall retired from the executive director position on June 30, according to district personnel records. District officials said the job has not been posted and instead the duties “have been absorbed” by the chief operations officer...
Spelman College, Ford Motor Co. partner to help first-generation students

Spelman College, Ford Motor Co. partner to help first-generation students

Spelman College and the Ford Motor Company Fund on Tuesday announced a partnership to help more of the college’s first-generation students complete school. Ten rising juniors who are first-generation Spelman students will be paired with 50 first-generation, first-year students. The mentors will spend at least 10 hours per week with each of their assigned mentees. The students will participate...
UPDATE: Ga Tech president submits report on staff ethics failings

UPDATE: Ga Tech president submits report on staff ethics failings

Georgia Tech officials said president George “Bud” Peterson delivered a report Wednesday to the state’s Board of Regents about how the university will prevent ethical abuses like the ones that ended with him firing an executive vice president and also to the resignation of three highly paid staffers. Two separate reports released last month by Tech’s internal...
Future challenges for Georgia universities and colleges

Future challenges for Georgia universities and colleges

Those overseeing Georgia’s public colleges and universities unveiled a plan Tuesday, which some administrators say is the most exhaustive effort to enhance the system’s educational structure in more than two decades. The recommendations include more online courses and certificate classes for working professionals, using artificial intelligence to assist faculty and students, closely monitoring...
Fulton County tax bills to be sent next month, after judge’s ruling

Fulton County tax bills to be sent next month, after judge’s ruling

Fulton County can start collecting property taxes, a judge ruled Tuesday, despite thousands of pending property value appeals. Because so many appeals have been filed — more than 42,000 — the county can’t legally submit its 2018 tax digest to the state. But Tuesday’s decision means Fulton County cities, school districts and other taxing entities will have money to...
Atlanta, Fulton schools praise judge’s order to collect taxes 

Atlanta, Fulton schools praise judge’s order to collect taxes 

Atlanta and Fulton County school leaders celebrated a judge’s decision today to allow Fulton County tax bills to be sent, but at least one of the districts still plans to borrow money to pay its bills while waiting for people to pay their taxes. The two school systems joined Fulton County officials in seeking a tax-collection order from a judge to allow the county to begin collecting taxes....
Judge denies injunction request in Georgia campus carry lawsuit

Judge denies injunction request in Georgia campus carry lawsuit

A Fulton County judge has denied an injunction request by six Georgia professors to prohibit the state’s contentious campus carry law, which allows licensed gun owners to carry a firearm on some parts of public college campuses. Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams wrote in her ruling her decision had nothing to do with the merits of the complaint. Instead, she wrote, “because the...
UGA acceptance getting tougher

UGA acceptance getting tougher

The University of Georgia’s freshman class is in, and the standards for acceptance continue to rise. Nearly 26,500 students applied, and about 5,750 of those are beginning classes. The university reports that the class of 2022 has an average weighted high school GPA of 4.04, which is a record. The average ACT score is 30, which ties last year’s record. For comparison, the average weighted...
Could your child be gifted? Here's what you need to know 

Could your child be gifted? Here's what you need to know 

Just about every parent has heard their child say something that seems advanced for his age. Or seen her show off an impressive new skill and wondered, "Is my child is gifted?" Of course, each child has special talents and interests, but giftedness is usually identified in specific ways. What does it mean to be gifted and what traits could indicate that your child falls into this category?...
DeKalb Schools: 10 percent of seniors did not graduate last year

DeKalb Schools: 10 percent of seniors did not graduate last year

DeKalb Schools is graduating more of its students since the state changed graduation requirements, ending the Georgia High School Graduation Test that required passing to earn a diploma. Still, more than 500 students failed to graduate last year, according to information provided by the district. The DeKalb County School District graduated 5,461 students in May 2018. Another 545 failed to graduate...
‘She gave her life for those children:’ Crossing guard killer sentenced

‘She gave her life for those children:’ Crossing guard killer sentenced

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a Cobb County schools crossing guard with his car in late November. Lamonte Whitaker, of Lithonia, spoke through tears in court Monday apologizing to the family of Edna Umeh, according to Cobb district attorney’s office spokeswoman Kim Isaza. READ | Warrant: Cobb man forced woman into her van, raped her in 3 locations Isaza said...
Jury convicts man in scam that defrauded some Georgia Tech workers

Jury convicts man in scam that defrauded some Georgia Tech workers

A jury convicted a Nigerian man of an online scam that illegally accessed employee bank accounts of several colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech, federal prosecutors announced Monday. Olayinka Olaniyi, 34, was part of a scheme that sent fraudulent emails that appeared to be from legitimate businesses to trick the recipients into providing personal information and passwords. He and ...
DOJ: Man who claimed to rep Migos took $1M from Emory, other victims

DOJ: Man who claimed to rep Migos took $1M from Emory, other victims

A man who posed as a representative for artists like Migos and Lil Yachty and defrauded colleges including Emory University out of nearly $1 million has been sentenced to federal prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 27, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges on Feb. 6 and pleaded guilty on April 16. He was sentenced to three months and...
Students admitted no matter immigration status, APS board affirms 

Students admitted no matter immigration status, APS board affirms 

The Atlanta school board affirmed its commitment to educate students “without regard to their immigration status” in a resolution that also urges the United States to reunite immigrant families separated at border crossings.  The resolution, approved by the board at its August meeting, states that separating immigrant children from parents has “stirred up worry and...
What’s new on Georgia’s college campuses?

What’s new on Georgia’s college campuses?

Several hundred thousand students will begin class at Georgia’s colleges and universities, some starting Monday. Here’s a look at some of the new things they’ll see once they arrive on some of metro Atlanta’s four-year campuses: A new president, Leocadia “Lee” Zak, will take the helm. It’s also embarking on a master’s and graduate certificate...
ONLY ON AJC: Georgia teachers tell why they’re launching a hunger strike

ONLY ON AJC: Georgia teachers tell why they’re launching a hunger strike

Several dozen teachers and concerned community members are participating in a two-week hunger strike set to begin Monday. They aren’t protesting for change but for a new practice to remain in place when the new governor takes office. Hungry for Education, a group of local teachers, parents and students whose goal is improving student outcomes, is urging state administrators and legislators to...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Ga. Tech response to latest scandal due Wednesday

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Ga. Tech response to latest scandal due Wednesday

Georgia Tech president George “Bud” Peterson has a deadline of Wednesday to present a plan to state officials about how he’ll prevent ethical abuses like the ones that ended with him firing an executive vice president and also to the resignation of three highly paid staffers. While Peterson has already announced some organizational changes and asked another organization for advice...
Gridlock Guy: This rule for sharing road with school bus just changed

Gridlock Guy: This rule for sharing road with school bus just changed

Now that most schools have resumed, the commute out of neighborhoods gets longer. More people go back to their normal post-summer work and errands schedules, so volume increases. Delays and patience often have an inverse relationship. Drivers simply make riskier decisions and have more stress when they are in a hurry. But extra patience is mandatory in school zones. » RELATED: Traffic hassles...
UPDATE: Man shot outside Georgia State dorm is a former student, police say

UPDATE: Man shot outside Georgia State dorm is a former student, police say

A former Georgia State University student sitting in a car outside a dorm was shot and wounded early Saturday by a fellow passenger, campus police said. The incident took place around 4:30 a.m., said Georgia State police Chief Joseph Spillane. The ex-student was one of four people inside in a vehicle outside The Commons, located at 141 Piedmont Ave. near downtown Atlanta. Spillane said they were talking...
Georgia Tech had warning about looming ethics problem

Georgia Tech had warning about looming ethics problem

Last December, Georgia Tech’s president learned about an ethics complaint involving a contract with a German software company, so he talked with one of his highest-ranking administrators.  He didn’t tell Steve Swant why he was asking him about the company, called RIB, but he knew an important fact: Swant was on the company’s board.  George P. “Bud” Peterson...
6 preschool programs you should know about

6 preschool programs you should know about

Whenever you see a preschool classroom on TV or in a movie, you'll usually see kids coloring at a table or maybe sitting down for story time.  In reality, though, there are actually tons of different preschool programs that focus on anything from nature to science. Depending on the school, you might also see a difference in the way that children are exposed to these subjects. As a parent, it's...
Atlanta student’s world opens up in service

Atlanta student’s world opens up in service

Civics lessons took on new meaning for an Atlanta student after she put them into practice. Ila Wilborn’s experiences reflect findings of the 2018 Brown Center Report on American Education — which focused this year on civics, and which noted most classes are missing a key component. Service. Citizens need to do more than know how our communities and governments, from local to national...
APS to force sale of properties for  new northwest Atlanta school project

APS to force sale of properties for new northwest Atlanta school project

Using its power of eminent domain, the Atlanta school board intends to force the sale of nine properties to make room for a new school in a northwest Atlanta neighborhood facing gentrification.  The Atlanta Board of Education voted 7-1 Monday to begin the condemnation and purchase process of the residential properties. The appraised value of all the sites combined exceeds $320,000, according...
4 former South Gwinnett students get plea deal in rape case

4 former South Gwinnett students get plea deal in rape case

Four former South Gwinnett High School students charged with rape have reached a plea deal with the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office that will allow them to leave prison while they are still in their 20s. Cameron Richard, Darriah Mitchell, Tavien Hartwell and William Thompson could have been sentenced to life in prison if the case had gone to trial. Instead, they agreed to plead guilty...
Oglethorpe University receives $500K grant to increase faculty diversity

Oglethorpe University receives $500K grant to increase faculty diversity

A local university is getting help in its efforts to diversify. Oglethorpe University was awarded a $500K grant to hire diverse faculty members. Glenn Sharfman, university provost, explained the Brookhaven school’s diverse student body is what encouraged them to hire new faculty. “Our goal is for our faculty to better reflect our students,” said Sharfman. “This grant will help...
APS ethics panel dismisses parent complaint against board vice-chair

APS ethics panel dismisses parent complaint against board vice-chair

The Atlanta school board’s ethics commission dismissed a parent’s complaint against the board’s vice-chairwoman, Eshé Collins.  The independent panel investigated a complaint that alleged Collins called Dawn Brockington-Shaw “a liar” during a community meeting in June. The complaint alleged Collins violated conflict of interest and conduct as a board...
DeKalb students return to schools in various states of disrepair

DeKalb students return to schools in various states of disrepair

It’s the first week of school and already the ceiling is leaking at Dresden Elementary School. A garbage can sits beneath a waterlogged ceiling tile in front of a message board showing school uniform examples. The same area leaked a year ago after Hurricane Irma forced schools to close for a week. The same area leaked in 2016 after normal rainfall. Several schools are reporting leaks, plumbing...
School reverses Pledge of Allegiance policy after criticism

School reverses Pledge of Allegiance policy after criticism

An Atlanta charter school moved the timing of its recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance as the school year started, but reversed course after the move attracted criticism.   The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School’s early all-school meeting of students and parents had traditionally included the pledge, until this year. Elementary campus principal Lara Zelski notified parents that...
Georgia Tech to start online cybersecurity master’s degree program

Georgia Tech to start online cybersecurity master’s degree program

Georgia Tech announced Thursday it’s starting an online master’s degree program in cybersecurity, hoping to help fill what many labor economists say is a void of jobs in the field. The program will start in January, with Tech admitting 250 students. The tuition will be $10,000, which Tech officials say is lower than other nationally-ranked programs. Georgia Tech is partnering with edX...
Nonprofit takes over Atlanta high school turnaround

Nonprofit takes over Atlanta high school turnaround

In the latest push of a pioneering attempt to revive failing schools, Atlanta Public Schools turned over Carver High School to outsiders who restructured it and hired new teachers. APS handed over Carver operations this year to the nonprofit Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, a spin-off of the well-regarded Drew Charter School. Six Atlanta schools will be run by three charter-related groups when the district&rsquo...
After hazing, 6 cheerleaders removed from team at North Fulton school

After hazing, 6 cheerleaders removed from team at North Fulton school

High school football season is rapidly approaching, but when the Centennial Knights kick off their season against Northside next Friday night, there’s a handful of cheerleaders who won’t be on the sidelines. In a letter sent to parents recently, Centennial High School’s principal said that some cheerleaders were kicked off the school’s squad after a recent hazing incident occurred...
This Gwinnett high school is ranked the best in Georgia, 13th in U.S.

This Gwinnett high school is ranked the best in Georgia, 13th in U.S.

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology has been named the best high school in Georgia for another year by Niche.com.  Five other Gwinnett County high schools made the top 25 ranking for the state’s best public high schools. North Gwinnett High School was named No. 6, followed by Peachtree Ridge High School at No. 12, Brookwood High School at No. 14, Buford High...
Buford City Schools named best in Georgia, Gwinnett County in top 20

Buford City Schools named best in Georgia, Gwinnett County in top 20

Both school districts in Gwinnett County are among Georgia’s best, according to a new ranking. Buford City Schools was named the state’s best district for the second year in a row by Niche.com. Gwinnett County Public Schools was No. 17 in this year’s rankings, down from No. 13 last year.  READ | Lilburn starting construction on new $4.89M police headquarters The education...
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