Arlinda Smith Broady

Education reporter

Arlinda Smith Broady is an award-winning reporter who covers Gwinnett County schools and special needs education issues.

Latest from Arlinda Smith Broady

School bus season begins soon in metro Atlanta
 In less than a month, most school districts in metro Atlanta will be back in session. While school supplies, uniforms and maybe even lunches are chief concerns of most students and parents, they may give little consideration to the big yellow vehicle that transports about half of students daily. Consider some interesting statistics from the...

Posted: a day ago

In less than a month, most school districts in metro Atlanta will be back in session. While school supplies, uniforms and maybe even lunches are chief concerns of most students and parents, they may give little consideration to the big yellow vehicle that transports about half of students daily. Consider some interesting statistics from the...
How does federal school bus seat belt policy change affect metro Atlanta schools?
 Deadly school bus wrecks nearly two years ago have prompted federal officials to reverse a long-standing policy and recommend lap-and-shoulder safety restraints on all future school bus purchases. Fulton and Gwinnett counties are the only metro school district to add buses equipped with that type of seat belt. All districts, however, are...

Posted: 4 days ago

Deadly school bus wrecks nearly two years ago have prompted federal officials to reverse a long-standing policy and recommend lap-and-shoulder safety restraints on all future school bus purchases. Fulton and Gwinnett counties are the only metro school district to add buses equipped with that type of seat belt. All districts, however, are...
Four questions about back-to-school vaccinations in Georgia
 Even before thinking about shopping for that new school backpack for next year, parents need to make sure their children are up to date on vaccinations. This is particularly important for first-time students or students moving from another location. Any child entering daycare, Head Start, pre-K/kindergarten, middle school, college or enrolling...

Posted: 5 days ago

Even before thinking about shopping for that new school backpack for next year, parents need to make sure their children are up to date on vaccinations. This is particularly important for first-time students or students moving from another location. Any child entering daycare, Head Start, pre-K/kindergarten, middle school, college or enrolling...
More students choosing path to career over college
 As many recent high school graduates use the summer to get ready for college about a third of their classmates are headed straight to work. The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that of the 2.9 million youth age 16 to 24, who graduated from high school between January and October 2017, about 1.9 million...

Posted: 5 days ago

As many recent high school graduates use the summer to get ready for college about a third of their classmates are headed straight to work. The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that of the 2.9 million youth age 16 to 24, who graduated from high school between January and October 2017, about 1.9 million...
More students choosing path to career over college
 As many recent high school graduates use the summer to get ready for college about a third of their classmates are headed straight to work. The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that of the 2.9 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2017, about 1.9 million (66.7...

Posted: 7 days ago

As many recent high school graduates use the summer to get ready for college about a third of their classmates are headed straight to work. The most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that of the 2.9 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school between January and October 2017, about 1.9 million (66.7...
Fulton schools receive inaugural bus safety award

Posted: 9 days ago

The state estimates about one million students use school buses to provide safe and dependable transportation every day. To emphasize the importance of safe school buses, the Georgia Department of Education recently announced the winners of its first Pupil Transportation Safety Awards. Separated into eight divisions by enrollment, the winning...
Metro school systems turn to new fuels for buses
 With the school budget year just beginning for most systems, a major cost is transportation. With rising fuel costs and diesel engine mechanics harder to find, many districts have begun looking at vehicles that use alternative fuels such as gasoline and propane. It could be an important change because the engines burn cleaner. Also, because...

Posted: 12 days ago

With the school budget year just beginning for most systems, a major cost is transportation. With rising fuel costs and diesel engine mechanics harder to find, many districts have begun looking at vehicles that use alternative fuels such as gasoline and propane. It could be an important change because the engines burn cleaner. Also, because...
Gwinnett County Schools sets millage hearings for July
 Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Board of Education has tentatively adopted a millage rate that increases property taxes. The board plans three public hearings before officially setting the rate. More property-tax revenue is projected for the fifth consecutive year, after annual declines for fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Property values...

Posted: 17 days ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Board of Education has tentatively adopted a millage rate that increases property taxes. The board plans three public hearings before officially setting the rate. More property-tax revenue is projected for the fifth consecutive year, after annual declines for fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Property values...
State conference focuses on school safety
 “Diagnosing the threats is the easy part,” Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, told a Tuesday gathering of state agencies focused on school safety. “The hard part is figuring out what to do about it,” he said. “But attending this conference is sure a step in the right...

Posted: 18 days ago

“Diagnosing the threats is the easy part,” Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, told a Tuesday gathering of state agencies focused on school safety. “The hard part is figuring out what to do about it,” he said. “But attending this conference is sure a step in the right...
Gwinnett school board renews two school charters
 Gwinnett County’s school board recently granted two charter school renewals, a five-year extension for New Life Academy of Excellence and an additional year for North Metro Academy of Performing Arts. The contracts for both schools were set to expire on June 30, 2019. At a board work session, Associate Superintendent Steve Flynt presented...

Posted: 19 days ago

Gwinnett County’s school board recently granted two charter school renewals, a five-year extension for New Life Academy of Excellence and an additional year for North Metro Academy of Performing Arts. The contracts for both schools were set to expire on June 30, 2019. At a board work session, Associate Superintendent Steve Flynt presented...
Gwinnett businesses offer teacher training, development
 While school’s out for students, many teachers take advantage of opportunities for training and development such as Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Back to Industry Day earlier this month. Nearly 150 career and technical education teachers visited local businesses to learn industry trends, day-to-day work life and best practices...

Posted: 24 days ago

While school’s out for students, many teachers take advantage of opportunities for training and development such as Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Back to Industry Day earlier this month. Nearly 150 career and technical education teachers visited local businesses to learn industry trends, day-to-day work life and best practices...