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

Clayton Schools leader: ‘What we’re doing is creating a culture’
 Morcease Beasley paused amid comments on Clayton County Public Schools’ mission, put his hands together and took a more direct turn. “We’ve got to give every child what they need,” said Beasley, beginning his second year as the metro Atlanta school district’s superintendent. Beasley was holding court with...

Posted: 3 days ago

Morcease Beasley paused amid comments on Clayton County Public Schools’ mission, put his hands together and took a more direct turn. “We’ve got to give every child what they need,” said Beasley, beginning his second year as the metro Atlanta school district’s superintendent. Beasley was holding court with...
DeKalb Schools official suspended during investigation is back on job
 DeKalb County School District Regional Superintendent Bernetta Jones was placed on administrative leave last month for an incident that happened recently, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said Wednesday. Green added that Jones, most recently Cedar Grove Elementary School’s principal, is back to work as of...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb County School District Regional Superintendent Bernetta Jones was placed on administrative leave last month for an incident that happened recently, DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said Wednesday. Green added that Jones, most recently Cedar Grove Elementary School’s principal, is back to work as of...
UGA donors give $242M, breaking record for fifth consecutive year
 University of Georgia donors contributed $242 million last year toward the school’s Commit to Georgia Campaign, the second year that gifts and new pledges surpassed $200 million and the fifth year donations have increased. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 billion for scholarships, learning and research. More than $1 billion...

Posted: 5 days ago

University of Georgia donors contributed $242 million last year toward the school’s Commit to Georgia Campaign, the second year that gifts and new pledges surpassed $200 million and the fifth year donations have increased. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 billion for scholarships, learning and research. More than $1 billion...
DeKalb Schools says drivers fired for sick-out can reapply for jobs
 The DeKalb County School District will rehire the six remaining bus drivers who were fired in April after many of the district’s drivers staged a sick-out to address working conditions. Sort of. In a letter to the drivers, Superintendent Steve Green said a decision was made to let them reapply for their jobs. No guarantee of employment...

Posted: 8 days ago

The DeKalb County School District will rehire the six remaining bus drivers who were fired in April after many of the district’s drivers staged a sick-out to address working conditions. Sort of. In a letter to the drivers, Superintendent Steve Green said a decision was made to let them reapply for their jobs. No guarantee of employment...
DeKalb Schools’ technology chief wins IT award
 Gary Brantley, the DeKalb County School District’s chief information officer, is making IT happen. The International Society for Technology in Education honored Brantley and four others in education technology for  their commitment to increasing digital learning opportunities for students. Honorees were recognized last month...

Posted: 12 days ago

Gary Brantley, the DeKalb County School District’s chief information officer, is making IT happen. The International Society for Technology in Education honored Brantley and four others in education technology for  their commitment to increasing digital learning opportunities for students. Honorees were recognized last month...
Strategic planning helping metro Atlanta schools keep teachers
 Today’s afternoon job fair at DeKalb County Schools’ Stone Mountain headquarters is targeting special education teachers and nurses. The new human resources chief, Bernice Gregory, said recent strategies targeting specific groups have worked well to find quality candidates for long-term employment, which also helps the district...

Posted: 13 days ago

Today’s afternoon job fair at DeKalb County Schools’ Stone Mountain headquarters is targeting special education teachers and nurses. The new human resources chief, Bernice Gregory, said recent strategies targeting specific groups have worked well to find quality candidates for long-term employment, which also helps the district...
DeKalb Schools loses its chief operations officer
 Joshua Williams, chief operations officer for the DeKalb County School District, is leaving to join the city of Atlanta. City officials announced the hire in a press release Thursday. Williams starts there on Aug. 6. School district officials did not say when Williams leaves. “As we strive for excellence across all aspects of City operations...

Posted: 14 days ago

Joshua Williams, chief operations officer for the DeKalb County School District, is leaving to join the city of Atlanta. City officials announced the hire in a press release Thursday. Williams starts there on Aug. 6. School district officials did not say when Williams leaves. “As we strive for excellence across all aspects of City operations...
DeKalb schools: Recruiting, retention efforts saw fewer teachers leave
 The DeKalb County School District lost fewer than 700 teachers during the 2017-2018 school year, about 10 percent of its teaching force, but significantly less than in recent years, suggesting progress with retention efforts. Human capital management reports from meetings held between July 2017 and June 2018 show 682 teacher resignations...

Posted: 21 days ago

The DeKalb County School District lost fewer than 700 teachers during the 2017-2018 school year, about 10 percent of its teaching force, but significantly less than in recent years, suggesting progress with retention efforts. Human capital management reports from meetings held between July 2017 and June 2018 show 682 teacher resignations...
Judge backs DeKalb schools in fight over Emory area annexation
 A Fulton County Superior Court judge sided with the DeKalb County School District Friday and delayed transferring part of DeKalb County annexed by the city of Atlanta to Atlanta Public Schools. DeKalb Schools filed a lawsuit earlier this month seeking an injunction, arguing that the city of Atlanta violated its charter in an “11th-hour...

Posted: 23 days ago

A Fulton County Superior Court judge sided with the DeKalb County School District Friday and delayed transferring part of DeKalb County annexed by the city of Atlanta to Atlanta Public Schools. DeKalb Schools filed a lawsuit earlier this month seeking an injunction, arguing that the city of Atlanta violated its charter in an “11th-hour...
Metro Atlanta school districts plan budgets, share information differently
 Not all school budgets are created equal, and neither are district budgeting processes. Metro Atlanta’s six major school districts vary greatly in approaching transparency, public interaction, and even spending patterns. School districts, because they receive funding through state contributions and taxpayer dollars, are required to...

Posted: 24 days ago

Not all school budgets are created equal, and neither are district budgeting processes. Metro Atlanta’s six major school districts vary greatly in approaching transparency, public interaction, and even spending patterns. School districts, because they receive funding through state contributions and taxpayer dollars, are required to...
DeKalb Schools approves $1.1B budget for 2019
 The DeKalb County Board of Education approved a $1.1 billion operating budget for the 2019 fiscal year during a called meeting Tuesday night, up nearly $70 million from the previous year.  The 2019 fiscal year begins Sunday and runs through June 30, 2019. DeKalb now has the second-largest budget among metro Atlanta school districts...

Posted: 25 days ago

The DeKalb County Board of Education approved a $1.1 billion operating budget for the 2019 fiscal year during a called meeting Tuesday night, up nearly $70 million from the previous year.  The 2019 fiscal year begins Sunday and runs through June 30, 2019. DeKalb now has the second-largest budget among metro Atlanta school districts...