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

Official: $1B Mega Millions jackpot will impact education payouts
 A big lottery jackpot also means a bigger payout for education.  Georgia Lottery officials said Friday’s $1 billion jackpot — the first of its kind for Mega Millions — is a big deal toward surpassing the $1.1 billion the Georgia Lottery contributed toward education during the last fiscal year, which ended June 30. ...

Posted: 17 hours ago

A big lottery jackpot also means a bigger payout for education.  Georgia Lottery officials said Friday’s $1 billion jackpot — the first of its kind for Mega Millions — is a big deal toward surpassing the $1.1 billion the Georgia Lottery contributed toward education during the last fiscal year, which ended June 30. ...
Investigators probe DeKalb teacher’s relationships with other students
 Investigators are looking at whether a DeKalb teacher, found dead after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, had been inappropriate with  other students.  Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County late...

Posted: a day ago

Investigators are looking at whether a DeKalb teacher, found dead after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, had been inappropriate with  other students.  Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County late...
DeKalb teacher accused of having sex with middle-school student
 Police are looking for a DeKalb County School District teacher accused of having sex with a middle-school student. His parents filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County police after Zachary Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents front door. According to Channel 2 Action News reporting, based on the missing persons report...

Posted: 3 days ago

Police are looking for a DeKalb County School District teacher accused of having sex with a middle-school student. His parents filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County police after Zachary Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents front door. According to Channel 2 Action News reporting, based on the missing persons report...
Help offered for Atlanta area young people out of school, out of hope
 Today’s Opportunity ATL Job and Resource Fair in Decatur seeks not only to place young candidates in jobs, but to work with them on interview skills, resume building, and even provide training resources and interview attire. The fair’s focus is more than 34,000 young people in metro Atlanta, called “opportunity youth,&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Today’s Opportunity ATL Job and Resource Fair in Decatur seeks not only to place young candidates in jobs, but to work with them on interview skills, resume building, and even provide training resources and interview attire. The fair’s focus is more than 34,000 young people in metro Atlanta, called “opportunity youth,&rdquo...
DeKalb Schools: All classes are operating on normal schedule
 It’s business as usual for DeKalb County School District, which announced just atfer 7 a.m. that classes and administrative offices would be open on time Thursday morning. The news came just before school was set to begin, and as Michael headed out of Georgia after killing at least one person and leaving more than 300,000 without power...

Posted: 9 days ago

It’s business as usual for DeKalb County School District, which announced just atfer 7 a.m. that classes and administrative offices would be open on time Thursday morning. The news came just before school was set to begin, and as Michael headed out of Georgia after killing at least one person and leaving more than 300,000 without power...
DeKalb Schools monitoring as Hurricane Michael nears landfall
 DeKalb County School District officials say they are watching weather forecasts closely as Hurricane Michael closes in on the Florida Panhandle coast. The storm is expected to make landfall this afternoon. District officials have been in touch with the National Weather Service, which has declared Michael a “dangerous” storm...

Posted: 9 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials say they are watching weather forecasts closely as Hurricane Michael closes in on the Florida Panhandle coast. The storm is expected to make landfall this afternoon. District officials have been in touch with the National Weather Service, which has declared Michael a “dangerous” storm...
Cardiac arrest, head injury killed Pike County football player
 Pike County High School football player Dylan Thomas’ official cause of death is cardiac arrest due to a traumatic brain injury from a hit deemed “an anomaly,” Pike County’s coroner said Tuesday. Dylan, a junior inside linebacker, died Sept. 30 after collapsing suddenly during a football game against Peach County...

Posted: 10 days ago

Pike County High School football player Dylan Thomas’ official cause of death is cardiac arrest due to a traumatic brain injury from a hit deemed “an anomaly,” Pike County’s coroner said Tuesday. Dylan, a junior inside linebacker, died Sept. 30 after collapsing suddenly during a football game against Peach County...
DeKalb schools offer help to students’ best helpers: parents
 When Katrina Parker passes her GED exam this fall, it will be the culmination of a nearly 25-year educational hiatus she began after dropping out as a teenager to raise her first child. This spring, the 40-year-old said a note on a bulletin board — touting a free program for DeKalb County School District parents to earn their GED...

Posted: 15 days ago

When Katrina Parker passes her GED exam this fall, it will be the culmination of a nearly 25-year educational hiatus she began after dropping out as a teenager to raise her first child. This spring, the 40-year-old said a note on a bulletin board — touting a free program for DeKalb County School District parents to earn their GED...
Brain injury blamed in Georgia high school football player’s death
 A Middle Georgia school district said Monday it’s trying to piece together what caused the death of a high school student who was hospitalized Friday while playing a football game. Pike County High School junior Dylan Thomas, 17, who died Sunday evening, suffered a brain injury, officials said. But what caused that injury is a mystery...

Posted: 18 days ago

A Middle Georgia school district said Monday it’s trying to piece together what caused the death of a high school student who was hospitalized Friday while playing a football game. Pike County High School junior Dylan Thomas, 17, who died Sunday evening, suffered a brain injury, officials said. But what caused that injury is a mystery...
US Dept. of Education: 12 Ga. schools are National Blue Ribbon Schools
 The U.S. Department of Education has named 13 Georgia schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools, recognized for overall excellence. Most of the schools are from the metro Atlanta area, with nine total public schools listed. All are awarded for high performance. Three elementary schools recognized are Fulton County Schools: Heards Ferry...

Posted: 18 days ago

The U.S. Department of Education has named 13 Georgia schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools, recognized for overall excellence. Most of the schools are from the metro Atlanta area, with nine total public schools listed. All are awarded for high performance. Three elementary schools recognized are Fulton County Schools: Heards Ferry...
2 DeKalb schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools
 Two DeKalb County School District schools are among 12 across Georgia named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for overall excellence. Kittredge Magnet School and Austin Elementary School received the designation for high academic performance. Kittredge previously was named a National Blue Ribbon school...

Posted: 18 days ago

Two DeKalb County School District schools are among 12 across Georgia named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education for overall excellence. Kittredge Magnet School and Austin Elementary School received the designation for high academic performance. Kittredge previously was named a National Blue Ribbon school...