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

Metro Atlanta talent played large role in Beyoncé’s Coachella shows
 It has been a week since Beyoncé hit the Coachella stage for the first of two history-making headlining shows at the Southern California festival, and people are still talking about April 14’s HBCU-inspired showcase. Atlanta fans of the show quickly began recognizing moves — and band members with ties to the area &mdash...

Posted: 8 hours ago

It has been a week since Beyoncé hit the Coachella stage for the first of two history-making headlining shows at the Southern California festival, and people are still talking about April 14’s HBCU-inspired showcase. Atlanta fans of the show quickly began recognizing moves — and band members with ties to the area &mdash...
Few DeKalb Schools bus drivers absent as sickout enters third day
 DeKalb County Schools bus drivers mostly returned to work Monday, the expected third day of a sickout to address drivers issues with pay and retirement benefits that so far has resulted in at least seven terminations. Monday morning, 63 of the district’s 908 full-time and substitute drivers were no-shows, an absence rate about 6 percent...

Posted: 12 hours ago

DeKalb County Schools bus drivers mostly returned to work Monday, the expected third day of a sickout to address drivers issues with pay and retirement benefits that so far has resulted in at least seven terminations. Monday morning, 63 of the district’s 908 full-time and substitute drivers were no-shows, an absence rate about 6 percent...
Participants fewer, passion same in new metro Atlanta student protests
 A handful of schools across metro Atlanta participated in National Walkout events Friday, with activities and messages that varied in shape, scale and focus, on topics from gun control to police brutality. The events were held Friday to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, when two students opened fire inside their...

Posted: 3 days ago

A handful of schools across metro Atlanta participated in National Walkout events Friday, with activities and messages that varied in shape, scale and focus, on topics from gun control to police brutality. The events were held Friday to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, when two students opened fire inside their...
DeKalb Schools: Sickout’s second day sees more bus drivers delivering students
 A sickout staged by DeKalb County School District bus drivers resulted in transportation delays for the second  day Friday. About 224 bus drivers were absent Friday, compared to 383 who were absent Thursday, according to an absentee report received by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the school system. Andre Riley, a schools spokesman...

Posted: 3 days ago

A sickout staged by DeKalb County School District bus drivers resulted in transportation delays for the second day Friday. About 224 bus drivers were absent Friday, compared to 383 who were absent Thursday, according to an absentee report received by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from the school system. Andre Riley, a schools spokesman...
DeKalb school bus drivers stage sickout
 DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green had a stern message for the 400 or so bus drivers who called in sick Thursday: There will be consequences. They found out quickly how severe, with at least a half dozen drivers confirming late Thursday they had been fired for calling out of work, and apparently being vocal about drivers&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green had a stern message for the 400 or so bus drivers who called in sick Thursday: There will be consequences. They found out quickly how severe, with at least a half dozen drivers confirming late Thursday they had been fired for calling out of work, and apparently being vocal about drivers&rsquo...
Student events, walkouts to be smaller than month ago
 At Lakeside High School this morning, student activities for a national walkout will center around ways young people can continue having their voice heard, from registering to vote to engaging in conversations on continued activism. The purpose of last month’s walkout was to remember the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory...

Posted: 4 days ago

At Lakeside High School this morning, student activities for a national walkout will center around ways young people can continue having their voice heard, from registering to vote to engaging in conversations on continued activism. The purpose of last month’s walkout was to remember the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory...
19 years later, Columbine massacre echoes in Ga. schools
 The enhanced security at Atlanta Public Schools’ Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School for the start of the 1999-2000 school year was nothing to write home about, said Verdaillia Turner, who taught there at the time. School resource officers roamed the halls more frequently. Then there were the metal detectors, at the old building&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

The enhanced security at Atlanta Public Schools’ Daniel McLaughlin Therrell High School for the start of the 1999-2000 school year was nothing to write home about, said Verdaillia Turner, who taught there at the time. School resource officers roamed the halls more frequently. Then there were the metal detectors, at the old building&rsquo...
Several DeKalb Schools bus drivers say they were fired for calling in sick 
 UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): The DeKalb County School District fired several bus drivers Thursday, apparently reacting to a sickout where about 400 drivers called off to protest what they say is unfair treatment. The drivers, who missed work today citing sicknesses, said they received calls from a man representing the district at the end of the day...

Posted: 4 days ago

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): The DeKalb County School District fired several bus drivers Thursday, apparently reacting to a sickout where about 400 drivers called off to protest what they say is unfair treatment. The drivers, who missed work today citing sicknesses, said they received calls from a man representing the district at the end of the day...
DeKalb Schools: Bus drivers could stage sick-out
 DeKalb County School District bus drivers may not show up to take your child to school Thursday. District officials said they are aware the drivers may stage a sickout -- calling in sick for work to send a message to district leadership -- and are preparing parents for the possibility. Parents are expected to receive a phone call from the...

Posted: 5 days ago

DeKalb County School District bus drivers may not show up to take your child to school Thursday. District officials said they are aware the drivers may stage a sickout -- calling in sick for work to send a message to district leadership -- and are preparing parents for the possibility. Parents are expected to receive a phone call from the...
#Beychella performance fueled by metro Atlanta influence
 Beyoncé’s HBCU-inspired Coachella performance included band members who live and work in metro Atlanta. Social media blew up as Beyoncé began her history-making turn as Coachella’s first black headliner. Viewers across metro Atlanta soon learned they knew many of those in her band, and behind their moves. The...

Posted: 5 days ago

Beyoncé’s HBCU-inspired Coachella performance included band members who live and work in metro Atlanta. Social media blew up as Beyoncé began her history-making turn as Coachella’s first black headliner. Viewers across metro Atlanta soon learned they knew many of those in her band, and behind their moves. The...
Hiring practices in spotlight amid teachers' troubles
 When police escorted a DeKalb county teacher from his fifth-grade classroom in handcuffs last month, not being certified to teach and discrepancies on his 2016 job application were the least of his worries. Michael De’Sean White was led out facing gang-related murder charges. His hiring highlighted questionable DeKalb County School...

Posted: 9 days ago

When police escorted a DeKalb county teacher from his fifth-grade classroom in handcuffs last month, not being certified to teach and discrepancies on his 2016 job application were the least of his worries. Michael De’Sean White was led out facing gang-related murder charges. His hiring highlighted questionable DeKalb County School...