Marlon A. Walker

Education reporter

Marlon Walker writes about DeKalb County schools, the DeKalb County Board of Education and K-12 news in metro Atlanta.

Latest from Marlon A. Walker

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...
First day of school comes with jitters, fun, dancing
 About a half million metro Atlanta students in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton and Clayton counties got a start or restart in school Monday, finding themselves in new classrooms, new schools, even a new country. In Clayton County, Jonesboro High School freshman Marcus Wilkes said the first day of school is a new beginning. Each new school year is...

Posted: 7 days ago

About a half million metro Atlanta students in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton and Clayton counties got a start or restart in school Monday, finding themselves in new classrooms, new schools, even a new country. In Clayton County, Jonesboro High School freshman Marcus Wilkes said the first day of school is a new beginning. Each new school year is...
At DeKalb Schools, teaching international students on the first day
 Several hundred students and parents gathered inside the cafeteria at the International Student Center, a nontraditional school in the DeKalb County School District for immigrant and refugee students, for the first day of school. There, teachers called names over a loud speaker system to find their students. The language barrier &mdash...

Posted: 7 days ago

Several hundred students and parents gathered inside the cafeteria at the International Student Center, a nontraditional school in the DeKalb County School District for immigrant and refugee students, for the first day of school. There, teachers called names over a loud speaker system to find their students. The language barrier &mdash...
New DeKalb school starts kids learning younger
 DeKalb County School District officials hope opening its doors to students as young as 3 will give them — and the district — a better chance to succeed later. Registration began recently for the district’s Early Learning Academy, which expects to receive some 200 3-year-old students when school begins in August. They will...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials hope opening its doors to students as young as 3 will give them — and the district — a better chance to succeed later. Registration began recently for the district’s Early Learning Academy, which expects to receive some 200 3-year-old students when school begins in August. They will...
DeKalb schools open houses Wednesday and Thursday
 DeKalb County Schools are inviting students and families to participate in school open houses across the district Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2, elementary schools will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. PHOTOS: School's back in for some metro Atlanta students. See how their first day went in our gallery. Middle...

Posted: 13 days ago

DeKalb County Schools are inviting students and families to participate in school open houses across the district Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 2, elementary schools will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. PHOTOS: School's back in for some metro Atlanta students. See how their first day went in our gallery. Middle...
Teacher turnover an unsolved problem
 More than 2,000 teachers left the classroom before the year was over in metro Atlanta, according to information from school districts. Many of them won’t return. Studies have documented teacher concerns across the country about how their jobs have changed — many say they spend more time preparing students for tests and on paperwork...

Posted: 17 days ago

More than 2,000 teachers left the classroom before the year was over in metro Atlanta, according to information from school districts. Many of them won’t return. Studies have documented teacher concerns across the country about how their jobs have changed — many say they spend more time preparing students for tests and on paperwork...
DeKalb students show some gains, some losses in key test scores
 The new state standardized test results are out for the 2017-18 school year, and in DeKalb County the top scoring school for third grade English was Ashford Park Elementary, where 77.6 percent of students were reading at a proficient or higher level.  The school with the highest level of improvement was Midvale Elementary, where the...

Posted: 17 days ago

The new state standardized test results are out for the 2017-18 school year, and in DeKalb County the top scoring school for third grade English was Ashford Park Elementary, where 77.6 percent of students were reading at a proficient or higher level.  The school with the highest level of improvement was Midvale Elementary, where the...
Clayton Schools leader: ‘What we’re doing is creating a culture’
 Morcease Beasley paused amid comments on Clayton County Public Schools’ mission, put his hands together and took a more direct turn. “We’ve got to give every child what they need,” said Beasley, beginning his second year as the metro Atlanta school district’s superintendent. Beasley was holding court with...

Posted: 25 days ago

Morcease Beasley paused amid comments on Clayton County Public Schools’ mission, put his hands together and took a more direct turn. “We’ve got to give every child what they need,” said Beasley, beginning his second year as the metro Atlanta school district’s superintendent. Beasley was holding court with...
DeKalb Schools official suspended during investigation is back on job
 DeKalb County School District Regional Superintendent Bernetta Jones was placed on administrative leave last month for an incident that happened recently, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said Wednesday. Green added that Jones, most recently Cedar Grove Elementary School’s principal, is back to work as of...

Posted: 26 days ago

DeKalb County School District Regional Superintendent Bernetta Jones was placed on administrative leave last month for an incident that happened recently, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said Wednesday. Green added that Jones, most recently Cedar Grove Elementary School’s principal, is back to work as of...
UGA donors give $242M, breaking record for fifth consecutive year
 University of Georgia donors contributed $242 million last year toward the school’s Commit to Georgia Campaign, the second year that gifts and new pledges surpassed $200 million and the fifth year donations have increased. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 billion for scholarships, learning and research. More than $1 billion...

Posted: 27 days ago

University of Georgia donors contributed $242 million last year toward the school’s Commit to Georgia Campaign, the second year that gifts and new pledges surpassed $200 million and the fifth year donations have increased. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 billion for scholarships, learning and research. More than $1 billion...
DeKalb Schools says drivers fired for sick-out can reapply for jobs
 The DeKalb County School District will rehire the six remaining bus drivers who were fired in April after many of the district’s drivers staged a sick-out to address working conditions. Sort of. In a letter to the drivers, Superintendent Steve Green said a decision was made to let them reapply for their jobs. No guarantee of employment...

Posted: 30 days ago

The DeKalb County School District will rehire the six remaining bus drivers who were fired in April after many of the district’s drivers staged a sick-out to address working conditions. Sort of. In a letter to the drivers, Superintendent Steve Green said a decision was made to let them reapply for their jobs. No guarantee of employment...