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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.

Latest from Ty Tagami

Testing: School districts petition for alternatives to Georgia Milestones
 Nearly two dozen Georgia school districts are hoping to escape the state’s mandatory standardized testing requirement by substituting their own exams. Among the 22 school systems petitioning the Georgia Board of Education, are several in metro Atlanta, including Marietta City Schools and Clayton, Cobb, Fayette and Newton counties. They&rsquo...

Posted: 6 hours ago

Nearly two dozen Georgia school districts are hoping to escape the state’s mandatory standardized testing requirement by substituting their own exams. Among the 22 school systems petitioning the Georgia Board of Education, are several in metro Atlanta, including Marietta City Schools and Clayton, Cobb, Fayette and Newton counties. They&rsquo...
Georgia senators to study school summer vacation timing
 Georgia senators will weigh the effect of the state’s varied back-to-school calendars on tourism. “Our goal is to determine if a later start date is feasible,” said Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega.  The statement by the Senate majority whip was released minutes before 6:30 p.m. Friday, a spot in the news cycle unlikely...

Posted: 20 days ago

Georgia senators will weigh the effect of the state’s varied back-to-school calendars on tourism. “Our goal is to determine if a later start date is feasible,” said Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega.  The statement by the Senate majority whip was released minutes before 6:30 p.m. Friday, a spot in the news cycle unlikely...
Coweta schools hires lawyers who investigated APS test cheating to look at fraud allegation
 The Coweta County School System is bringing in two attorneys who investigated the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal after an allegation of improprieties involving contracts for facility improvements, The Newnan Times-Herald is reporting. The Coweta school board voted for an outside review by Bob Wilson and Keri Ware, who were appointed...

Posted: 26 days ago

The Coweta County School System is bringing in two attorneys who investigated the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal after an allegation of improprieties involving contracts for facility improvements, The Newnan Times-Herald is reporting. The Coweta school board voted for an outside review by Bob Wilson and Keri Ware, who were appointed...
Bucking allies, school choice group favors IRS proposal on tax credits
 A Florida-based advocacy group that pushes Georgia and other states to help fund private schools so more children can attend them is breaking ranks with allies over a controversial proposed federal tax rule. The proposal by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would limit or eliminate the federal tax break for donors...

Posted: 26 days ago

A Florida-based advocacy group that pushes Georgia and other states to help fund private schools so more children can attend them is breaking ranks with allies over a controversial proposed federal tax rule. The proposal by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would limit or eliminate the federal tax break for donors...
Poll finds sympathy for teachers
 Parents feel so much sympathy for teachers that four out of five would support strikes for higher pay, according to a new poll by Phi Delta Kappa International. The organization has been probing American attitudes toward schooling for half a century, releasing a peek at this year’s poll in July due to the urgency of the &ldquo...

Posted: 26 days ago

Parents feel so much sympathy for teachers that four out of five would support strikes for higher pay, according to a new poll by Phi Delta Kappa International. The organization has been probing American attitudes toward schooling for half a century, releasing a peek at this year’s poll in July due to the urgency of the &ldquo...
IRS proposal could hurt Georgia rural hospital, school tax credits
 A proposed federal rule could discourage donations to two highly popular Georgia tax credit programs that support struggling rural hospitals and parents who want to send their children to private schools. The proposed rule by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would limit or eliminate the federal tax break donors get...

Posted: 28 days ago

A proposed federal rule could discourage donations to two highly popular Georgia tax credit programs that support struggling rural hospitals and parents who want to send their children to private schools. The proposed rule by the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service would limit or eliminate the federal tax break donors get...
Georgia’s top lawyer confirms fears about change to school bus law
 A new legal opinion about changes to a law involving motorists and school buses affirms some officials’ fear of mayhem on the roads. Just a dozen words in a new, 15-page law about school buses and traffic cameras appear to have undone a long-held safety mandate intended to protect children. Until the law took effect on July 1, it was...

5:19 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

A new legal opinion about changes to a law involving motorists and school buses affirms some officials’ fear of mayhem on the roads. Just a dozen words in a new, 15-page law about school buses and traffic cameras appear to have undone a long-held safety mandate intended to protect children. Until the law took effect on July 1, it was...
Georgia Tech dragged its feet on investigation, tipster complained
 Georgia Tech reacted so slowly to anonymous ethics complaints last spring that a tipster threatened to go to the news media, in a move that elevated the case to authorities above the university and led to the resignation of three employees, according to records obtained by Channel 2 Action News. “Since you have done nothing but tip...

10:46 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Georgia Tech reacted so slowly to anonymous ethics complaints last spring that a tipster threatened to go to the news media, in a move that elevated the case to authorities above the university and led to the resignation of three employees, according to records obtained by Channel 2 Action News. “Since you have done nothing but tip...
Rural Georgia school district pushes back on state “turnaround” 
 A tiny rural school district south of Atlanta is pushing back against Georgia’s state-mandated “turnaround” program. Leaders of the Macon County School System traveled to Atlanta Wednesday to ask why they were targeted for intervention when there were lower-performing schools to choose from. The complaint was aimed...

9:05 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

A tiny rural school district south of Atlanta is pushing back against Georgia’s state-mandated “turnaround” program. Leaders of the Macon County School System traveled to Atlanta Wednesday to ask why they were targeted for intervention when there were lower-performing schools to choose from. The complaint was aimed...
The Macon County School System doesn't want state intervention
Aug. 22, 2018 -- Atlanta: Macon County School System Superintendent Marc Maynor (right) tells the Georgia Board of Education that he and his school board don't want to participate in the state board's "turnaround" program.

12:17 AM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Aug. 22, 2018 -- Atlanta: Macon County School System Superintendent Marc Maynor (right) tells the Georgia Board of Education that he and his school board don't want to participate in the state board's "turnaround" program.
Watching: the discipline rates at your Georgia school
 Georgia parents can find out how many discriplinary actions their school has by using a new “dashboard” assembled by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The agency announced in August the release of its “K-12 Student Discipline Dashboard.” The interactive website shows suspension and expulsion...

9:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018

Georgia parents can find out how many discriplinary actions their school has by using a new “dashboard” assembled by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. The agency announced in August the release of its “K-12 Student Discipline Dashboard.” The interactive website shows suspension and expulsion...