Arlinda Smith Broady

Education reporter

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

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Cherokee students arrested on weapons charges
 Cherokee County schools sent out a message to parents Monday saying that two River Ridge High School students were arrested on weapons charges. The students, whose names are not being disclosed due to privacy laws, were charged by the school police for possessing a weapon on a school campus. “They also will face severe administrative...

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Cherokee County schools sent out a message to parents Monday saying that two River Ridge High School students were arrested on weapons charges. The students, whose names are not being disclosed due to privacy laws, were charged by the school police for possessing a weapon on a school campus. “They also will face severe administrative...
Gwinnett public schools enrollment inches upward
 Despite census projections showing Gwinnett County  as one of the fastest growing counties in the state, enrollment numbers in the school district have increased by less than 1 percent year over year. In August, the school system was optimistic that it would surpass 180,000 students. Enrollment numbers had risen by more than 1,100 students...

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Despite census projections showing Gwinnett County as one of the fastest growing counties in the state, enrollment numbers in the school district have increased by less than 1 percent year over year. In August, the school system was optimistic that it would surpass 180,000 students. Enrollment numbers had risen by more than 1,100 students...
Votes for change, fresh views alter Cobb, Gwinnett school boards
 Although a few election results are still out, three Democrats on the Cobb County school board and two on Gwinnett County’s school board show that the two largest school districts in the state are in the thick of a trend of gradually moving to the left. Voters like Jen Cox, a East Cobb County parent who voted for Democrat Charisse Davis...

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Although a few election results are still out, three Democrats on the Cobb County school board and two on Gwinnett County’s school board show that the two largest school districts in the state are in the thick of a trend of gradually moving to the left. Voters like Jen Cox, a East Cobb County parent who voted for Democrat Charisse Davis...
Punishment of Brookwood band pranksters may never be revealed
 The fate of the four Brookwood High band members who pulled a racially charged prank during the halftime show last Friday will never become public knowledge. Federal laws to protect student records won’t allow school systems to reveal names of students who commit school infractions or the punishments. On Friday, Nov. 2, four sousaphone...

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The fate of the four Brookwood High band members who pulled a racially charged prank during the halftime show last Friday will never become public knowledge. Federal laws to protect student records won’t allow school systems to reveal names of students who commit school infractions or the punishments. On Friday, Nov. 2, four sousaphone...
Parkview educator named Gwinnett Teacher of the Year
 Gwinnett County Public Schools named Parkview High’s Heidi Campbell its top teacher Thursday during the annual Teacher of the Year banquet at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth. Described as a teacher who never runs out of smiles or tires of offering a friendly “hello,” Campbell was first the 2019 Gwinnett County High School...

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Gwinnett County Public Schools named Parkview High’s Heidi Campbell its top teacher Thursday during the annual Teacher of the Year banquet at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth. Described as a teacher who never runs out of smiles or tires of offering a friendly “hello,” Campbell was first the 2019 Gwinnett County High School...
Gwinnett elects first minority school board member; passes bond
 Everton Blair discovered before 11 p.m. Tuesday that he had made history as a Gwinnett County Board of Education candidate. The 26-year-old Shiloh High graduate won the District 4 seat, making him the first black and the youngest board member ever. Voter counts are still being certified, but Blair has done the math. The unofficial results...

Posted: 4 days ago

Everton Blair discovered before 11 p.m. Tuesday that he had made history as a Gwinnett County Board of Education candidate. The 26-year-old Shiloh High graduate won the District 4 seat, making him the first black and the youngest board member ever. Voter counts are still being certified, but Blair has done the math. The unofficial results...
Gwinnett BOE will have first member of color
 Despite technical issues that led a Gwinnett County judge to order two Snellville voting precincts to stay open later than usual Tuesday, Gwinnett County Board of Education candidate Everton Blair discovered before 11 p.m. that he had made history. The 26-year-old Shiloh High graduate apparently won the District 4 seat making him the first...

Posted: 5 days ago

Despite technical issues that led a Gwinnett County judge to order two Snellville voting precincts to stay open later than usual Tuesday, Gwinnett County Board of Education candidate Everton Blair discovered before 11 p.m. that he had made history. The 26-year-old Shiloh High graduate apparently won the District 4 seat making him the first...
High school halftime show racial slur was planned prank
 Several students involved in spelling out a racial slur during a marching band performance in Georgia over the weekend have admitted to planning the whole thing, according to the school district. >> Read more trending news  Update 3:15 p.m. EDT Nov. 5: Four Brookwood High School marching band members planned the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Several students involved in spelling out a racial slur during a marching band performance in Georgia over the weekend have admitted to planning the whole thing, according to the school district. >> Read more trending news  Update 3:15 p.m. EDT Nov. 5: Four Brookwood High School marching band members planned the...
High school halftime show racial slur was planned prank
 News that members of Brookwood High School’s marching band used instrument covers to spell out a racial slur upset and saddened many members of the Gwinnett County community. But when they found out the perpetrators were minorities, it was like a one-two punch. “This shows a need for conversations about race,” said Marlyn...

Posted: 7 days ago

News that members of Brookwood High School’s marching band used instrument covers to spell out a racial slur upset and saddened many members of the Gwinnett County community. But when they found out the perpetrators were minorities, it was like a one-two punch. “This shows a need for conversations about race,” said Marlyn...
Buford search committee gets 55 superintendent applications
 After residents demanded a voice in choosing the next superintendent for Buford City Schools, school board members vowed to involve the public and formed a search committee. Two-thirds of its members are current or former school district or city of Buford employees. Two pastors and a parent who pays tuition for his child to attend school...

Posted: 12 days ago

After residents demanded a voice in choosing the next superintendent for Buford City Schools, school board members vowed to involve the public and formed a search committee. Two-thirds of its members are current or former school district or city of Buford employees. Two pastors and a parent who pays tuition for his child to attend school...
Gwinnett school board race: Knudsen emphasizes vision, stewardship
 With 25 years in the nonprofit sector, Steve Knudsen says his background is the perfect fit for the Gwinnett County Board of Education. He defeated Carol Ranft with 66.35 percent of the votes in the Republican primary and is a candidate for District 2. “The school district has a myriad of experts from Superintendent Wilbanks to...

Posted: 13 days ago

With 25 years in the nonprofit sector, Steve Knudsen says his background is the perfect fit for the Gwinnett County Board of Education. He defeated Carol Ranft with 66.35 percent of the votes in the Republican primary and is a candidate for District 2. “The school district has a myriad of experts from Superintendent Wilbanks to...