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

DeKalb Schools: Recent departures highlight administrative turnover
 The DeKalb County School District has confirmed in the last two weeks two departures from the superintendent’s staff cabinet, high-ranking officials in charge of key departments. Chief of Staff Ramona Tyson will be stepping into a new role with the school board, according to an announcement during the Sept. 10 DeKalb County Board of...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The DeKalb County School District has confirmed in the last two weeks two departures from the superintendent’s staff cabinet, high-ranking officials in charge of key departments. Chief of Staff Ramona Tyson will be stepping into a new role with the school board, according to an announcement during the Sept. 10 DeKalb County Board of...
Schools try to thwart a troubling trend: childhood suicide
 Doris Adhuze saw no signs on April 21, 2017, that her son planned to take his life. Jovany, she said, was a black teen from a two-parent household known for high-fiving friends and teachers, and quietly buying lunch for students who needed one. Still, she found him hanging from a coat hook on his closet door about 10 minutes after the 13-year-old...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Doris Adhuze saw no signs on April 21, 2017, that her son planned to take his life. Jovany, she said, was a black teen from a two-parent household known for high-fiving friends and teachers, and quietly buying lunch for students who needed one. Still, she found him hanging from a coat hook on his closet door about 10 minutes after the 13-year-old...
DeKalb Schools chief of staff takes new position reporting to school board
 Ramona Tyson, chief of staff for the DeKalb County School District, has taken a new job with the district, where she will report to the school board.  The new position, executive administrator, is part of a reorganization plan approved by the DeKalb Board of Education at its meeting on Sept. 10. The reorganization is effective immediately...

Posted: a day ago

Ramona Tyson, chief of staff for the DeKalb County School District, has taken a new job with the district, where she will report to the school board.  The new position, executive administrator, is part of a reorganization plan approved by the DeKalb Board of Education at its meeting on Sept. 10. The reorganization is effective immediately...
DeKalb Schools: Technology chief leaving for city of Atlanta
 Gary Brantley, DeKalb County School District’s chief information officer, is leaving the district after seven years to work for the city of Atlanta in the same capacity. Brantley will begin with the city on Oct. 8. Former DeKalb Schools Chief Operations Officer Joshua Williams left his post to work for the city last month. Brantley...

Posted: a day ago

Gary Brantley, DeKalb County School District’s chief information officer, is leaving the district after seven years to work for the city of Atlanta in the same capacity. Brantley will begin with the city on Oct. 8. Former DeKalb Schools Chief Operations Officer Joshua Williams left his post to work for the city last month. Brantley...
DeKalb Schools’ graduation rate increases again
 The DeKalb County School District saw its graduation rate rise another percentage point to 75, surpassing the previous year's 74 percent record rate.  The district’s graduation rate has risen 15.5 percentage points since 2013, including 10.5 points between 2013 and 2015.   The DeKalb Early Career Academy graduated...

Posted: 2 days ago

The DeKalb County School District saw its graduation rate rise another percentage point to 75, surpassing the previous year's 74 percent record rate.  The district’s graduation rate has risen 15.5 percentage points since 2013, including 10.5 points between 2013 and 2015.   The DeKalb Early Career Academy graduated...
Decatur Schools parents want action on equity disparities with black students
 A group of concerned parent, students and community members crowded the City Schools of Decatur board room Tuesday night to demand that the district develop a plan to address education and discipline disparities for black students. The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, a recently established advocacy group, said in a letter...

Posted: 9 days ago

A group of concerned parent, students and community members crowded the City Schools of Decatur board room Tuesday night to demand that the district develop a plan to address education and discipline disparities for black students. The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, a recently established advocacy group, said in a letter...
DeKalb custodian teaches students how to care
 In a small storage room off the Tucker High School cafeteria, custodian Carolyn Collins is changing lives. “The Giving Closet,” as it has been named, is stuffed with shampoos and school supplies, snacks and shoes. Noticing significant homelessness among students, Collins — who has worked for the school eight years &mdash...

Posted: 15 days ago

In a small storage room off the Tucker High School cafeteria, custodian Carolyn Collins is changing lives. “The Giving Closet,” as it has been named, is stuffed with shampoos and school supplies, snacks and shoes. Noticing significant homelessness among students, Collins — who has worked for the school eight years &mdash...
Amid U.S. shortage, metro Atlanta schools try to lure teachers to stay
 As school districts across the nation work to recruit teachers for more than 60,000 vacancies, they must invest in long-term strategies to increase the prospective teacher pool and end shortages, according to a new study from the Learning Policy Institute. “If we could stem attrition and bring teachers in the right way –...

Posted: 16 days ago

As school districts across the nation work to recruit teachers for more than 60,000 vacancies, they must invest in long-term strategies to increase the prospective teacher pool and end shortages, according to a new study from the Learning Policy Institute. “If we could stem attrition and bring teachers in the right way –...
No danger means no charges, says Cobb schools about campus threat
 Three students detained after a threat made over walkie-talkie in a Smyrna high school won’t face charges because “there was … no danger to any of our students,” Cobb County School District officials said Tuesday. The district has not charged students in past incidents where they could have faced criminal...

Posted: 24 days ago

Three students detained after a threat made over walkie-talkie in a Smyrna high school won’t face charges because “there was … no danger to any of our students,” Cobb County School District officials said Tuesday. The district has not charged students in past incidents where they could have faced criminal...
Actually, 800 teachers left DeKalb Schools last year
 The number of teachers who left the DeKalb County School District during the previous school year is growing. Another 113 teachers resigned their positions in June 2018. That means at least 795 teachers left the district during the last school year, according to monthly reports compiled by the district. The number is still lower than recent...

Posted: 24 days ago

The number of teachers who left the DeKalb County School District during the previous school year is growing. Another 113 teachers resigned their positions in June 2018. That means at least 795 teachers left the district during the last school year, according to monthly reports compiled by the district. The number is still lower than recent...
‘This is real’: 3 students will not face charges after threat at Cobb high school
 Lawrence Young said he was in a math class at Campbell High School in Smyrna just after 2 p.m. Monday when an alarm started sounding. At first, he said, his classmates continued on as if nothing was happening. Then, an officer rushed into the room holding an AK-47. “I ran to the back of the class,” the 15-year-old told AJC...

Posted: 25 days ago

Lawrence Young said he was in a math class at Campbell High School in Smyrna just after 2 p.m. Monday when an alarm started sounding. At first, he said, his classmates continued on as if nothing was happening. Then, an officer rushed into the room holding an AK-47. “I ran to the back of the class,” the 15-year-old told AJC...