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

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...

Posted: a day ago

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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
5 one-liners not to miss in ‘Black Panther’
 Black Panther is smashing box office records and giving moviegoers across the world all of the feels. Social media is abuzz with pictures of moviegoers clad in colorful African pieces, including flowing fabric, hand-crafted jewelry and traditional dashikis and head ties. But the best part has been the one-liners rattled off in hilarious fashion...

Posted: 3 days ago

Black Panther is smashing box office records and giving moviegoers across the world all of the feels. Social media is abuzz with pictures of moviegoers clad in colorful African pieces, including flowing fabric, hand-crafted jewelry and traditional dashikis and head ties. But the best part has been the one-liners rattled off in hilarious fashion...
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...

Posted: 3 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 10 days ago

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...
Flu kills DeKalb County high school student, 15
 A DeKalb County School District student died from the flu on Sunday, the second teenager in metro Atlanta killed by the rampaging virus. School district officials are reminding students and staff to continue taking precautions as flu season may not have reached its peak. District officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the 15-year-old...

Posted: 11 days ago

A DeKalb County School District student died from the flu on Sunday, the second teenager in metro Atlanta killed by the rampaging virus. School district officials are reminding students and staff to continue taking precautions as flu season may not have reached its peak. District officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the 15-year-old...
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...

Posted: 11 days ago

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...
Franklin: To some, the lone black kid in ‘Peanuts’ is mere … peanuts
 Franklin Armstrong, the only black character to date in the iconic “Peanuts” comic strip, was the product of a white teacher’s frustrations in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Harriet Glickman wrote a letter to creator Charles Schulz a few weeks after King was shot to death outside his...

Posted: 11 days ago

Franklin Armstrong, the only black character to date in the iconic “Peanuts” comic strip, was the product of a white teacher’s frustrations in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Harriet Glickman wrote a letter to creator Charles Schulz a few weeks after King was shot to death outside his...
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...

Posted: 14 days ago

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...