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

Lakeside salutatorian: Dual enrollment has benefits, flaws
 Adrina Bradley never thought about boosting her chances at finishing atop her class when she began taking classes at Georgia State University Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus. She wanted to earn college credits. “I wanted free college,” chuckled Bradley, 18, by phone Wednesday, a day after graduating from DeKalb County&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Adrina Bradley never thought about boosting her chances at finishing atop her class when she began taking classes at Georgia State University Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus. She wanted to earn college credits. “I wanted free college,” chuckled Bradley, 18, by phone Wednesday, a day after graduating from DeKalb County&rsquo...
Atlanta school systems vary widely in giving public information
 The city of Atlanta is under a criminal investigation into whether officials deliberately delayed information requested by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The revelation about such tactics wasn’t surprising to reporters regularly requesting information from agencies they cover. The AJC’s education...

Posted: 8 days ago

The city of Atlanta is under a criminal investigation into whether officials deliberately delayed information requested by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. The revelation about such tactics wasn’t surprising to reporters regularly requesting information from agencies they cover. The AJC’s education...
Lakeside High valedictorian didn’t take her classes there
 Lakeside High School’s valedictorian won’t be giving a speech during Tuesday’s commencement ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center. In fact, Neha Sehgal won’t even be there, organizers said. Neha technically is the school’s top student, but she never took classes at the school. She is taking dual-enrollment...

Posted: 9 days ago

Lakeside High School’s valedictorian won’t be giving a speech during Tuesday’s commencement ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center. In fact, Neha Sehgal won’t even be there, organizers said. Neha technically is the school’s top student, but she never took classes at the school. She is taking dual-enrollment...
DeKalb Schools announce budget hearings
 DeKalb County School District officials announced several public comment sessions as they work toward finalizing the 2018-2019 budget. District officials have proposed a $1 billion budget for the second consecutive year. The public is invited to speak during a budget hearing at 5:30 p.m., before the DeKalb County Board of Education&rsquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials announced several public comment sessions as they work toward finalizing the 2018-2019 budget. District officials have proposed a $1 billion budget for the second consecutive year. The public is invited to speak during a budget hearing at 5:30 p.m., before the DeKalb County Board of Education&rsquo...
All boys, all girls, more learning? Atlanta school tests idea
 The Genesis Innovation Academy, a single-gender experiment housing girls and boys in different buildings, separated by a playground, won’t see immediate double-digit gains in reading and math, or miraculous grade improvements among its students. It’s frustrating, founder Gavin Samms said recently. The culture change Samms...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Genesis Innovation Academy, a single-gender experiment housing girls and boys in different buildings, separated by a playground, won’t see immediate double-digit gains in reading and math, or miraculous grade improvements among its students. It’s frustrating, founder Gavin Samms said recently. The culture change Samms...
Fulton valedictorian: Be the best version of yourself
 Metro Atlanta high school seniors are turning their tassels this month, and the members of the class of 2018 are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will feature some of the region’s brighter students — class valedictorians — in the next weeks, and let them give us their parting...

Posted: 16 days ago

Metro Atlanta high school seniors are turning their tassels this month, and the members of the class of 2018 are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will feature some of the region’s brighter students — class valedictorians — in the next weeks, and let them give us their parting...
DeKalb Schools teacher waiver to include certification stipulation
 The DeKalb County School District’s new human resources chief is prioritizing teacher certification, something her predecessor did not see as an imperative. Officials have been meeting with the district’s uncertified teachers to get an understanding for the support they need in attaining their credentials, Chief Human Capital...

Posted: 17 days ago

The DeKalb County School District’s new human resources chief is prioritizing teacher certification, something her predecessor did not see as an imperative. Officials have been meeting with the district’s uncertified teachers to get an understanding for the support they need in attaining their credentials, Chief Human Capital...
7 Fulton County high schools among U.S. News & World Report’s best
 Milton’s Cambridge High School ranks as Fulton County’s top high school, U.S. News & World Report announced Wednesday in its annual list of best high schools in the country.  Fulton County saw seven of its schools place among the best in the country, as it also did last year, with all falling in the top 15 among Georgia high...

Posted: 18 days ago

Milton’s Cambridge High School ranks as Fulton County’s top high school, U.S. News & World Report announced Wednesday in its annual list of best high schools in the country.  Fulton County saw seven of its schools place among the best in the country, as it also did last year, with all falling in the top 15 among Georgia high...
DeKalb Schools: 3 high schools among nation’s best, says U.S. News & World Report
 DeKalb School of the Arts ranks as DeKalb County’s top high school, U.S. News & World Report announced Wednesday in its annual list of best high schools in the country.   DeKalb School of the Arts was No. 75 on the list of best schools in the country, improving last year’s ranking of No. 89. It was the second best school...

Posted: 18 days ago

DeKalb School of the Arts ranks as DeKalb County’s top high school, U.S. News & World Report announced Wednesday in its annual list of best high schools in the country.   DeKalb School of the Arts was No. 75 on the list of best schools in the country, improving last year’s ranking of No. 89. It was the second best school...
DeKalb incumbents face challenges in primary election
 Four DeKalb County incumbents — a judge, and two county commissioners and a school board member — face opposition in the May 22 primary election. The ballot also includes a Board of Education seat and a judicial post that became open because of retirements. Among the incumbents in contested races is the Board of Education&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

Four DeKalb County incumbents — a judge, and two county commissioners and a school board member — face opposition in the May 22 primary election. The ballot also includes a Board of Education seat and a judicial post that became open because of retirements. Among the incumbents in contested races is the Board of Education&rsquo...
DeKalb Schools rehires one bus driver fired in sickout aftermath
 A DeKalb County School District bus driver returned to work Monday, several weeks after at least seven were fired by Superintendent Steve Green for promoting or encouraging a sickout that crippled transportation operations. District officials confirmed one of several drivers who received hand-delivered notes signed by Green was again working...

Posted: 18 days ago

A DeKalb County School District bus driver returned to work Monday, several weeks after at least seven were fired by Superintendent Steve Green for promoting or encouraging a sickout that crippled transportation operations. District officials confirmed one of several drivers who received hand-delivered notes signed by Green was again working...