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

‘Basic needs aren’t being met’: Schools run behind on maintenance
 LaTonya Hill is certain her classroom is making her sick. The Dresden Elementary School  special education teacher has spent more than two weeks out of her classroom battling sinus and upper respiratory infections she said were not common before she began working at the school in 2016. At first, she attributed the health problems to working...

Posted: a day ago

LaTonya Hill is certain her classroom is making her sick. The Dresden Elementary School special education teacher has spent more than two weeks out of her classroom battling sinus and upper respiratory infections she said were not common before she began working at the school in 2016. At first, she attributed the health problems to working...
DeKalb Schools’ graduations under contract for week after school ends
 Any hope parents had of persuading DeKalb County School District officials to change the district’s graduation plans, currently expected for the week after school ends, are mostly moot. District officials signed a contract on Oct. 12 to hold 2019 high school graduation May 28 to June 2, the week after school ends. The contract...

Posted: 2 days ago

Any hope parents had of persuading DeKalb County School District officials to change the district’s graduation plans, currently expected for the week after school ends, are mostly moot. District officials signed a contract on Oct. 12 to hold 2019 high school graduation May 28 to June 2, the week after school ends. The contract...
Outcome still unclear in Gwinnett congressional race
 A hotly-contested congressional race in Atlanta’s northern suburbs was too close to call early Wednesday.  Only a few thousand votes separated Republican Congressman Rob Woodall and his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, and confusion abounded after two news outlets declared the race in favor of the latter but soon retracted...

Posted: 8 days ago

A hotly-contested congressional race in Atlanta’s northern suburbs was too close to call early Wednesday.  Only a few thousand votes separated Republican Congressman Rob Woodall and his Democratic opponent Carolyn Bourdeaux, and confusion abounded after two news outlets declared the race in favor of the latter but soon retracted...
DeKalb Schools to hold graduations a week after school year ends
 The DeKalb County School District announced plans to hold graduation ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center the week after school ends in 2019, and some parents are steaming. Katie Frame, whose son is a senior at Dunwoody High School, said the abrupt schedule change presents a challenge for many teachers and families with vacations...

Posted: 12 days ago

The DeKalb County School District announced plans to hold graduation ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center the week after school ends in 2019, and some parents are steaming. Katie Frame, whose son is a senior at Dunwoody High School, said the abrupt schedule change presents a challenge for many teachers and families with vacations...
Texts, photos didn’t keep molestation suspect in custody before suicide
 DeKalb County School District police interviewed Zachary Meadors the day allegations surfaced that he was having an inappropriate relationship with one of his Freedom Middle School students. On Oct. 12, Meadors told investigators he had spent time with the boy outside of the school, at his home and public parks. Officials also discovered...

Posted: 13 days ago

DeKalb County School District police interviewed Zachary Meadors the day allegations surfaced that he was having an inappropriate relationship with one of his Freedom Middle School students. On Oct. 12, Meadors told investigators he had spent time with the boy outside of the school, at his home and public parks. Officials also discovered...
DeKalb backlog shows school maintenance needs never end
 On Oct. 10, 2017, just after noon, the DeKalb County School District received an urgent maintenance request from Oak Grove Elementary School in Atlanta. “Good morning! The contractor still smelled gas in the kitchen and asked when we last had a system check,” the person wrote. “It appears to be coming in by a window A/C...

Posted: 19 days ago

On Oct. 10, 2017, just after noon, the DeKalb County School District received an urgent maintenance request from Oak Grove Elementary School in Atlanta. “Good morning! The contractor still smelled gas in the kitchen and asked when we last had a system check,” the person wrote. “It appears to be coming in by a window A/C...
Atlanta police to step up patrols around University Center
 Anita Johnson wanted her son, Deon Stephens, out of Chicago. Gang violence has plagued that city for years, and left it at or near the top of violent crime lists nationally. When he graduated in 2017, she was happy to see him off to Clark Atlanta University. But the spike in violent crime recently around Clark has her praying as much for...

Posted: 23 days ago

Anita Johnson wanted her son, Deon Stephens, out of Chicago. Gang violence has plagued that city for years, and left it at or near the top of violent crime lists nationally. When he graduated in 2017, she was happy to see him off to Clark Atlanta University. But the spike in violent crime recently around Clark has her praying as much for...
Official: $1B Mega Millions jackpot will impact education payouts
 A big lottery jackpot also means a bigger payout for education.  Georgia Lottery officials said Friday’s $1 billion jackpot — the first of its kind for Mega Millions — is a big deal toward surpassing the $1.1 billion the Georgia Lottery contributed toward education during the last fiscal year, which ended June 30. ...

Posted: 26 days ago

A big lottery jackpot also means a bigger payout for education.  Georgia Lottery officials said Friday’s $1 billion jackpot — the first of its kind for Mega Millions — is a big deal toward surpassing the $1.1 billion the Georgia Lottery contributed toward education during the last fiscal year, which ended June 30. ...
Investigators probe DeKalb teacher’s relationships with other students
 Investigators are looking at whether a DeKalb teacher, found dead after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, had been inappropriate with  other students.  Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County late...

Posted: 27 days ago

Investigators are looking at whether a DeKalb teacher, found dead after being accused of having a sexual relationship with one of his students, had been inappropriate with  other students.  Zachary Meadors, 28, of Lawrenceville, was found dead Wednesday in a vehicle in the 1200 block of Scenic Highway in Gwinnett County late...
DeKalb teacher accused of having sex with middle-school student
 Police are looking for a DeKalb County School District teacher accused of having sex with a middle-school student. His parents filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County police after Zachary Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents front door. According to Channel 2 Action News reporting, based on the missing persons report...

Posted: 29 days ago

Police are looking for a DeKalb County School District teacher accused of having sex with a middle-school student. His parents filed a missing persons report with Gwinnett County police after Zachary Meadors left letters and an iPad at his parents front door. According to Channel 2 Action News reporting, based on the missing persons report...
Help offered for Atlanta area young people out of school, out of hope
 Today’s Opportunity ATL Job and Resource Fair in Decatur seeks not only to place young candidates in jobs, but to work with them on interview skills, resume building, and even provide training resources and interview attire. The fair’s focus is more than 34,000 young people in metro Atlanta, called “opportunity youth,&rdquo...

Posted: 30 days ago

Today’s Opportunity ATL Job and Resource Fair in Decatur seeks not only to place young candidates in jobs, but to work with them on interview skills, resume building, and even provide training resources and interview attire. The fair’s focus is more than 34,000 young people in metro Atlanta, called “opportunity youth,&rdquo...