Ty Tagami

Education reporter

Ty Tagami writes about K-12 education, focusing on statewide issues. Since 2002, he has covered government, politics, crime and schools for the AJC.

Latest from Ty Tagami

Big changes for metro Atlanta schools, opening soon
 More than 800,000 students will return to schools in metro Atlanta by early August, and they and their parents will see some changes, as will anyone who uses the roadways or pays taxes. Seventeen school districts in the metro area will be open by Aug. 8, with most of them starting the week before that. >>See when school districts reopen...

Posted: a day ago

More than 800,000 students will return to schools in metro Atlanta by early August, and they and their parents will see some changes, as will anyone who uses the roadways or pays taxes. Seventeen school districts in the metro area will be open by Aug. 8, with most of them starting the week before that. >>See when school districts reopen...
Metro Atlanta students report back to school on these dates
 Like an ice cream cone that melts too quickly, summer break is almost over, and school buses and parents — no longer off the grid for vacations — will again squeeze onto Atlanta roadways during rush hour. Most metro area school districts will open their doors in early August, taking in more than 800,000 students, though more...

Posted: 3 days ago

Like an ice cream cone that melts too quickly, summer break is almost over, and school buses and parents — no longer off the grid for vacations — will again squeeze onto Atlanta roadways during rush hour. Most metro area school districts will open their doors in early August, taking in more than 800,000 students, though more...
Report: Georgia charter school lobbying group has received millions from wealthy donors
 Billionaire philanthropists have pushed to expand charter schools by giving millions of dollars to state-level charter support organizations, including Georgia’s, according to an Associated Press report. Since 2006, the Georgia Charter Schools Association has received $11.8 million from philanthropists and their private foundations...

Posted: 4 days ago

Billionaire philanthropists have pushed to expand charter schools by giving millions of dollars to state-level charter support organizations, including Georgia’s, according to an Associated Press report. Since 2006, the Georgia Charter Schools Association has received $11.8 million from philanthropists and their private foundations...
Two Democrats are vying to lead the state’s public schools.
 Two Democrats are battling for the party nomination for Georgia schools superintendent, the state’s top K-12 educational post. Sid Chapman, a former teacher, turned state teacher advocate is competing against Otha Thornton, a former national parents’ advocate. The pair emerged from a three-way primary election in May. The winner...

Posted: 4 days ago

Two Democrats are battling for the party nomination for Georgia schools superintendent, the state’s top K-12 educational post. Sid Chapman, a former teacher, turned state teacher advocate is competing against Otha Thornton, a former national parents’ advocate. The pair emerged from a three-way primary election in May. The winner...
Poll of parents: Most don’t want armed teachers
 Most parents don’t want their child’s teacher carrying a gun to school despite a “disturbing” level of concern about safety, says a new education poll. The annual Phi Delta Kappa International poll has been probing American attitudes about schools for half a century, and the newest installment says the current level...

Posted: 5 days ago

Most parents don’t want their child’s teacher carrying a gun to school despite a “disturbing” level of concern about safety, says a new education poll. The annual Phi Delta Kappa International poll has been probing American attitudes about schools for half a century, and the newest installment says the current level...
Cameras not cops: when machines enforce the laws
 The distracted driving law that took effect July 1 got lots of attention, but it’s not the only new tech-related law that could affect behavior on the roads. Drivers routinely pump the brakes when they see a police officer with a radar gun, but speed enforcement in school zones no longer requires a human. House Bill 978 lets schools...

Posted: 19 days ago

The distracted driving law that took effect July 1 got lots of attention, but it’s not the only new tech-related law that could affect behavior on the roads. Drivers routinely pump the brakes when they see a police officer with a radar gun, but speed enforcement in school zones no longer requires a human. House Bill 978 lets schools...
Leadership changing at Ivy Prep charter schools
 The former state lawmaker hired to run the Ivy Preparatory Academy network of charter schools has resigned. Alisha Thomas Cromartie told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she is negotiating for a position at Kennesaw State University. Ivy Prep board chairman Jason Allen did not elaborate: “She decided to go in a different direction...

Posted: 19 days ago

The former state lawmaker hired to run the Ivy Preparatory Academy network of charter schools has resigned. Alisha Thomas Cromartie told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she is negotiating for a position at Kennesaw State University. Ivy Prep board chairman Jason Allen did not elaborate: “She decided to go in a different direction...
Auditors: Georgia can’t prove $120 million in teacher bonuses did much
 Georgia taxpayers have been spending $15 million a year on a program designed to raise the level of math and science instruction in public schools, yet the government has produced scant evidence that the money has made a difference, and there’s an indication that some of it was misspent. A cumulative $120 million has gone toward salary...

2:49 PM Friday, Jun. 22, 2018

Georgia taxpayers have been spending $15 million a year on a program designed to raise the level of math and science instruction in public schools, yet the government has produced scant evidence that the money has made a difference, and there’s an indication that some of it was misspent. A cumulative $120 million has gone toward salary...
Stacey Abrams calls herself the “public education” governor
 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wouldn’t touch the controversy swirling around a GOP opponent caught on tape admitting he put his election  ahead of public policy, but on Wednesday she proclaimed herself the “public education” candidate. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said in a  surreptitious recording that a former...

4:24 AM Thursday, Jun. 14, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wouldn’t touch the controversy swirling around a GOP opponent caught on tape admitting he put his election ahead of public policy, but on Wednesday she proclaimed herself the “public education” candidate. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said in a surreptitious recording that a former...
Georgia turnaround program takes in more schools
 Georgia’s school turnaround chief has added three school districts to his portfolio. Chief Turnaround Officer Eric Thomas said the school systems serving Augusta, Savannah and Dawson have agreed to enter the state program established by lawmakers last year at the request of Gov. Nathan Deal. Last fall, the newly-appointed Thomas...

8:20 PM Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018

Georgia’s school turnaround chief has added three school districts to his portfolio. Chief Turnaround Officer Eric Thomas said the school systems serving Augusta, Savannah and Dawson have agreed to enter the state program established by lawmakers last year at the request of Gov. Nathan Deal. Last fall, the newly-appointed Thomas...