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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.

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Chancellor demands removal of GBI agent from Fort Valley investigation
 The chancellor of the University System of Georgia on Thursday took the unusual step of demanding that a GBI agent be removed from a criminal investigation at Fort Valley State University because, the chancellor said, the agent spent more time talking to reporters than questioning students and officials. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation...

Posted: 3 days ago

The chancellor of the University System of Georgia on Thursday took the unusual step of demanding that a GBI agent be removed from a criminal investigation at Fort Valley State University because, the chancellor said, the agent spent more time talking to reporters than questioning students and officials. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation...
Georgia teachers calm amid demands elsewhere for pay, funding
 Teachers have been agitating for more pay in several states, demonstrating and even walking off the job, but Georgia will likely avoid their wrath. Politicians in this state risked a teacher backlash by giving more money to private schools during this year’s legislative session and by increasing the funding for state charter schools...

Posted: 3 days ago

Teachers have been agitating for more pay in several states, demonstrating and even walking off the job, but Georgia will likely avoid their wrath. Politicians in this state risked a teacher backlash by giving more money to private schools during this year’s legislative session and by increasing the funding for state charter schools...
Follow the money: the story behind test scores on national exam
 Soon after the release of the “nation’s report card” Tuesday, education advocacy groups unleashed their differing interpretations of the results, along with their often contradictory prescriptions for fixing schools. They couldn’t agree whether the 2017 scores on the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress...

Posted: 10 days ago

Soon after the release of the “nation’s report card” Tuesday, education advocacy groups unleashed their differing interpretations of the results, along with their often contradictory prescriptions for fixing schools. They couldn’t agree whether the 2017 scores on the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress...
Georgia students gain in reading scores, but still lag U.S.; Atlanta has race gap
 Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level...

Posted: 13 days ago

Georgia students are getting better at reading in eighth grade, where fast-rising scores are approaching the national average, according to the latest results from the nation’s report card for schools. Both Georgia and the nation as a whole still have a long way to go before all students are scoring at a “proficient” level...
New legislation to change school funding, discipline, testing
 Kindergarten students will start learning about sexual assault, schools will find it more difficult to expel misbehaving tykes, and people who speed through a school zone could get caught by a machine instead of a police officer, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs these recently passed bills. They are among about two dozen consequential school-related...

Posted: 15 days ago

Kindergarten students will start learning about sexual assault, schools will find it more difficult to expel misbehaving tykes, and people who speed through a school zone could get caught by a machine instead of a police officer, if Gov. Nathan Deal signs these recently passed bills. They are among about two dozen consequential school-related...
Georgia lawmakers increase funding for charter and private schools
 Two bills that emerged from this year’s legislative session will steer more money into alternatives to traditional public schools. House Bill 787 raises the per-pupil allotment for state charter schools, and House Bill 217 lifts the cap on annual contributions to a tax-credit scholarship program for private schools. HB 217, by ...

Posted: 23 days ago

Two bills that emerged from this year’s legislative session will steer more money into alternatives to traditional public schools. House Bill 787 raises the per-pupil allotment for state charter schools, and House Bill 217 lifts the cap on annual contributions to a tax-credit scholarship program for private schools. HB 217, by ...
Georgia denies older survivors of child sexual abuse a chance to sue
 Older Georgians who were sexually abused as children will not be able to sue anytime soon, after legislation to extend the civil statute of limitations foundered in this year’s General Assembly. The Hidden Predator Act emerged from months of emotional and legally technical hearings as two very different bills, one version in the House...

Posted: 23 days ago

Older Georgians who were sexually abused as children will not be able to sue anytime soon, after legislation to extend the civil statute of limitations foundered in this year’s General Assembly. The Hidden Predator Act emerged from months of emotional and legally technical hearings as two very different bills, one version in the House...
Georgia lawmakers don’t give sex abuse survivors more time to sue
 Georgia lawmakers endured hours of grueling testimony and debate about predator pedophiles during this legislative session, but in the end they couldn’t agree on a law that would have let more adult survivors of child sex abuse file lawsuits. The Hidden Predator Act would have extended the statute of limitations for lawsuits to age...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia lawmakers endured hours of grueling testimony and debate about predator pedophiles during this legislative session, but in the end they couldn’t agree on a law that would have let more adult survivors of child sex abuse file lawsuits. The Hidden Predator Act would have extended the statute of limitations for lawsuits to age...
Tax credit scholarships for private schools to grow to $100 million
 It took them a year, but the two chambers of the Georgia General Assembly finally agreed Thursday to raise the cap on tax credits for private school scholarships. House Bill 217 had passed both chambers of the legislature during last year’s legislative session, but the chambers disagreed over how much to raise the cap from...

Posted: 24 days ago

It took them a year, but the two chambers of the Georgia General Assembly finally agreed Thursday to raise the cap on tax credits for private school scholarships. House Bill 217 had passed both chambers of the legislature during last year’s legislative session, but the chambers disagreed over how much to raise the cap from...
Georgia lawmakers give state charter schools more money
 Georgia lawmakers adopted legislation Thursday that increases funding for state charter schools. Local charter schools and traditional public schools get money from both the state and from their local tax base, but State Charter Commission Schools only get money from the state. House Bill 787 addresses that difference. Georgia already gives...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia lawmakers adopted legislation Thursday that increases funding for state charter schools. Local charter schools and traditional public schools get money from both the state and from their local tax base, but State Charter Commission Schools only get money from the state. House Bill 787 addresses that difference. Georgia already gives...