Vanessa McCray

Education Reporter

Vanessa McCray writes about Atlanta Public Schools. She previously covered education for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, and reported for newspapers in her native northern Michigan.

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Metro Atlanta school districts plan for student walkouts 
 Students across the metro area -- from Alpharetta to Atlanta, Douglasville to Decatur, and Sandy Springs to Snellville -- plan to walk out of school March 14 to protest gun violence. Walkouts are being planned at more than two dozen area middle schools, high schools, and universities as part of a national movement organized after last week&rsquo...

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Students across the metro area -- from Alpharetta to Atlanta, Douglasville to Decatur, and Sandy Springs to Snellville -- plan to walk out of school March 14 to protest gun violence. Walkouts are being planned at more than two dozen area middle schools, high schools, and universities as part of a national movement organized after last week&rsquo...
Mass shootings spur metro Atlanta students to plan school walkouts
 Students across metro Atlanta plan to walk out of at least two dozen middle schools, high schools and universities next month as part of a national protest against gun violence. The National School Walkout is one of three high-profile demonstrations that students around the country are joining as they call for gun law changes after last week&rsquo...

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Students across metro Atlanta plan to walk out of at least two dozen middle schools, high schools and universities next month as part of a national protest against gun violence. The National School Walkout is one of three high-profile demonstrations that students around the country are joining as they call for gun law changes after last week&rsquo...
Tighter rules for Uber Eats delivery, visitors at Atlanta high school
 After last week’s school shooting in Florida, North Atlanta High School will institute  safety measures that include disciplining students who order food delivery and tighter rules for visitors.  North Atlanta principal Curtis Douglass sent a letter to parents Friday outlining security changes at the high school.  Among...

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After last week’s school shooting in Florida, North Atlanta High School will institute safety measures that include disciplining students who order food delivery and tighter rules for visitors.  North Atlanta principal Curtis Douglass sent a letter to parents Friday outlining security changes at the high school.  Among...
What happened to thousands of Atlanta’s cheated students?
 In the years after a cheating scandal erupted in Atlanta Public Schools, researchers tallied the number of students who had their test answers manipulated: An estimated 7,064. Those students were robbed of an education, officials said, because they were sometimes passed from grade to grade without adequate preparation, and they lost out on...

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In the years after a cheating scandal erupted in Atlanta Public Schools, researchers tallied the number of students who had their test answers manipulated: An estimated 7,064. Those students were robbed of an education, officials said, because they were sometimes passed from grade to grade without adequate preparation, and they lost out on...
After APS cheating scandal, district offers help to student victims
 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.  Hall died in 2015 before she went to trial on  criminal charges, and years...

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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.  Hall died in 2015 before she went to trial on criminal charges, and years...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 16 days ago

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...