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Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap
 Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level...

4:01 AM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level...
In final days, Atlanta mayoral candidates hone their last pitch
 Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman recently called a press conference to announce endorsements from four prominent women. He followed up a few days later with a television ad in which his wife, Lisa, does most of the talking. Then he announced another wave of endorsements flanked by 20 more women. Analysts suggest that turnout in Tuesday&rsquo...

4:00 AM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

Atlanta mayoral candidate Peter Aman recently called a press conference to announce endorsements from four prominent women. He followed up a few days later with a television ad in which his wife, Lisa, does most of the talking. Then he announced another wave of endorsements flanked by 20 more women. Analysts suggest that turnout in Tuesday&rsquo...
How many lifetimes to earn a top Georgia CEOs’ 2016 pay?
 Assuming you start working when you turn 21 and stop just before your 65th birthday, we calculate how many working lifetimes it would take to earn the equivalent of just one year's total pre-tax pay for the chief executive officers of Georgia's top publicly-traded companies. We use CEOs' total 2016 compensation as reported to the U.S. Securities...

5:05 PM Monday, Jul. 10, 2017

Assuming you start working when you turn 21 and stop just before your 65th birthday, we calculate how many working lifetimes it would take to earn the equivalent of just one year's total pre-tax pay for the chief executive officers of Georgia's top publicly-traded companies. We use CEOs' total 2016 compensation as reported to the U.S. Securities...
Emory professor called Electoral landslide in June

9:00 PM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2012

For the polling geeks of the world, predicting a Barack Obama victory in the days before Tuesday’s election was a no-brainer. But Emory political science professor Drew Linzer pegged Tuesday night’s results last summer: 332 electoral votes for Obama; 206 for his opponent, Mitt Romney. “The prediction the model spit out in...
Cheating our children: Suspicious school test scores across the nation
 Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. The newspaper analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school...

8:54 PM Sunday, Mar. 25, 2012

Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. The newspaper analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school...
Cheating Our Children: Suspicious school test scores seen across nation
 Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. The newspaper analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school...

4:03 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2012

Suspicious test scores in roughly 200 school districts resemble those that entangled Atlanta in the biggest cheating scandal in American history, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows. The newspaper analyzed test results for 69,000 public schools and found high concentrations of suspect math or reading scores in school...
Atlanta property taxes: Values fall faster than tax bills
 8-DAY SERIES In 2009, an exclusive, in-depth investigation by the AJC found that amid the historic real estate collapse, many of us paid more in property taxes than we should have. Today marks the beginning of an eight-part series revealing continued flaws in the property tax systems in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010

8-DAY SERIES In 2009, an exclusive, in-depth investigation by the AJC found that amid the historic real estate collapse, many of us paid more in property taxes than we should have. Today marks the beginning of an eight-part series revealing continued flaws in the property tax systems in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties...
PACs stick with incumbents

10:08 AM Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2010

In an election season full of talk about tea party backlash and voter uncertainty, an old political truism holds: Big money bets safe. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of the federal campaign reports show that political action committees, representing the nation’s businesses, unions and associations, continue to pour money to...
CRCT failures rise at schools suspected of cheating

8:37 AM Thursday, Jun. 10, 2010

State test scores at metro schools suspected of the most widespread cheating last year dropped markedly this year, falling further in Atlanta than in other districts, preliminary data shows. Steep declines in the number of Atlanta students who passed key subject tests threatened to reverse the upward climb that has helped bring longtime Superintendent...
For-profit colleges reap big benefit from stimulus
 Massage and beauty schools, online universities and other for-profit colleges in Georgia and across the nation are cashing in on federal stimulus spending, collecting $2.2 billion in tuition grants for low-income students, public records show. That represents nearly a quarter of the stimulus money spent on these grants to date. The taxpayer-funded...

11:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 06, 2010

Massage and beauty schools, online universities and other for-profit colleges in Georgia and across the nation are cashing in on federal stimulus spending, collecting $2.2 billion in tuition grants for low-income students, public records show. That represents nearly a quarter of the stimulus money spent on these grants to date. The taxpayer-funded...
New curriculum: Math anxiety for students, teachers

1:25 AM Friday, May. 21, 2010

Under the state’s new math curriculum, lower scores plus a quicker pace of instruction equal greater anxiety for both students and their teachers. “In my classes, I have 60 kids and only 17 are passing. You know how stressful that is on me?” said Donna Aker, a veteran math teacher at South Gwinnett High School. It&rsquo...
Austell faces rising danger at juncture of 5 creeks
 When the floodwaters finally receded in Austell, city leaders, the federal government and a giant rail yard in the crook of two creeks all took the heat from angry victims. The small city's mayor had answers. "We had 20 inches of rain, and there's nothing you can do about it," said Mayor Joe Jerkins, adding that government had done...

3:35 PM Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010

When the floodwaters finally receded in Austell, city leaders, the federal government and a giant rail yard in the crook of two creeks all took the heat from angry victims. The small city's mayor had answers. "We had 20 inches of rain, and there's nothing you can do about it," said Mayor Joe Jerkins, adding that government had done...
How test scores were analyzed

9:57 PM Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010

After months of stories about suspicious test scores in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement launched a wider review of 2009 results. In October, the AJC reported a dozen Atlanta schools had gains or drops on standardized tests so extraordinary they were less likely than picking the right lottery...
Suspicious test scores widespread in state
 One in five Georgia public schools faces accusations of tampering with student answers on last spring’s state standardized tests, officials said Wednesday, throwing the state’s main academic measure into turmoil. The Atlanta district is home to 58 of the 191 schools statewide that are likely to undergo investigations into potential...

9:37 AM Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010

One in five Georgia public schools faces accusations of tampering with student answers on last spring’s state standardized tests, officials said Wednesday, throwing the state’s main academic measure into turmoil. The Atlanta district is home to 58 of the 191 schools statewide that are likely to undergo investigations into potential...
Why you’re paying too much in property taxes

11:00 AM Monday, Dec. 07, 2009

Georgia’s property tax system imploded with last year’s historic real estate collapse. Across metro Atlanta, home values fell tens of thousands of dollars — sometimes hundreds of thousands — but tax appraisals did not follow them down. In an unprecedented comparison of actual sales values vs. county tax appraisals...
Voting along racial lines in mayor's race

6:45 PM Friday, Nov. 06, 2009

The path to victory for Atlanta’s next mayor is clear, even if the candidates don’t want to say it. It’s about race. If Tuesday top vote-getter Mary Norwood, a white woman, can hold onto her strong support from white voters, and she draws away a respectable minority of black voters as she did Tuesday, she wins Dec. 1. If...
Are drastic swings in CRCT scores valid?
 Statistically unlikely state test scores are showing up in more classrooms, suggesting the cheating investigation that has engulfed four schools might be about to widen. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found 19 public elementary schools statewide with extraordinary gains or drops in scores between spring last year and this year...

9:03 AM Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

Statistically unlikely state test scores are showing up in more classrooms, suggesting the cheating investigation that has engulfed four schools might be about to widen. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found 19 public elementary schools statewide with extraordinary gains or drops in scores between spring last year and this year...
Individual insurance coverage frustrates Georgians
As more Georgians are forced to seek health insurance on their own, many are learning painful lessons about the difference between the familiar company-based group coverage and the individual policies that sometimes replace them.

3:26 PM Monday, Jun. 22, 2009

As more Georgians are forced to seek health insurance on their own, many are learning painful lessons about the difference between the familiar company-based group coverage and the individual policies that sometimes replace them.
How exotic mortgages became time bombs
Four years ago, when subprime mortgage loans were hot commodities, investors enthusiastically bought pieces of a pool of 5,500 mortgages that covered $984 million in homeowner debt.

4:00 AM Sunday, May. 31, 2009

Four years ago, when subprime mortgage loans were hot commodities, investors enthusiastically bought pieces of a pool of 5,500 mortgages that covered $984 million in homeowner debt.
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