Vanessa McCray

Education Reporter

Vanessa McCray writes about Atlanta Public Schools. She previously covered education for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, and reported for newspapers in her native northern Michigan.

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Atlanta school board considers goals for 2018-19 year
 This  year will be all about  planning for the Atlanta Board of Education. The school board is finalizing its goals for the 2018-2019 year, even though school began Aug. 1. The proposed goals, which the board approved tentatively earlier this  month but  must still approve via a final vote, are:  To develop a user-friendly...

Posted: 9 hours ago

This year will be all about planning for the Atlanta Board of Education. The school board is finalizing its goals for the 2018-2019 year, even though school began Aug. 1. The proposed goals, which the board approved tentatively earlier this  month but  must still approve via a final vote, are:  To develop a user-friendly...
Atlanta high school graduation rate increases, approaches state average
 Atlanta Public Schools bumped its graduation rate to 79.9 percent and drew closer to the statewide average, according to data released Wednesday.  The graduation rate for Atlanta’s class of 2018 is 2.9 percentage points higher than the 2017 rate of 77 percent. APS still falls behind the Georgia average of 81.6 percent, but...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools bumped its graduation rate to 79.9 percent and drew closer to the statewide average, according to data released Wednesday.  The graduation rate for Atlanta’s class of 2018 is 2.9 percentage points higher than the 2017 rate of 77 percent. APS still falls behind the Georgia average of 81.6 percent, but...
Georgia’s high school graduation rate climbs to 81.6 percent
 Georgia’s high school graduation rate ticked up once again in 2018 to 81.6 percent.  That reflects a one percentage point increase from the class of 2017, according to data released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education.  The statewide graduation rate has climbed from 69.7 percent in 2012, the first year Georgia...

Posted: 2 days ago

Georgia’s high school graduation rate ticked up once again in 2018 to 81.6 percent.  That reflects a one percentage point increase from the class of 2017, according to data released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education.  The statewide graduation rate has climbed from 69.7 percent in 2012, the first year Georgia...
Metro Atlanta schools address ‘digital divide’
 When rain, wind, and then snow forced metro Atlanta school districts to close repeatedly last year, several systems told students to log into computers at home and keep up with classes digitally. Atlanta Public Schools balked at the tech-driven approach to make up lost days. Leaders questioned whether it would be fair, since not all...

Posted: 3 days ago

When rain, wind, and then snow forced metro Atlanta school districts to close repeatedly last year, several systems told students to log into computers at home and keep up with classes digitally. Atlanta Public Schools balked at the tech-driven approach to make up lost days. Leaders questioned whether it would be fair, since not all...
Google’s online science fair launches in Atlanta 
 Tech-giant Google launched its 2018 Google Science Fair in Atlanta on Thursday. Students ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit projects online through Dec. 12 for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and other prizes.  Roughly 100 Atlanta Public Schools students attended the launch and used it as a chance to think about ideas for the...

Posted: 7 days ago

Tech-giant Google launched its 2018 Google Science Fair in Atlanta on Thursday. Students ages 13 to 18 are invited to submit projects online through Dec. 12 for a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship and other prizes.  Roughly 100 Atlanta Public Schools students attended the launch and used it as a chance to think about ideas for the...
New app lets Fulton parents track child’s school bus online 
 Fulton County parents will soon be able to track their children’s school bus.  A cellphone app that uses GPS technology will be available for parents to download for free beginning Monday.  The app, called Here Comes the Bus, works on cellphones and other devices and runs similarly to Uber or Lyft, allowing users to check...

Posted: 8 days ago

Fulton County parents will soon be able to track their children’s school bus.  A cellphone app that uses GPS technology will be available for parents to download for free beginning Monday.  The app, called Here Comes the Bus, works on cellphones and other devices and runs similarly to Uber or Lyft, allowing users to check...
Battle over when to start school in Georgia begins again
 Call it the calendar conundrum. The great date debate, the fray over Labor Day: When should school start? For some, August is sacrosanct — a month made for family vacations, summer jobs and books on the beach. Others are just fine with the early August start date favored by many metro Atlanta districts. September is too late to resume...

Posted: 8 days ago

Call it the calendar conundrum. The great date debate, the fray over Labor Day: When should school start? For some, August is sacrosanct — a month made for family vacations, summer jobs and books on the beach. Others are just fine with the early August start date favored by many metro Atlanta districts. September is too late to resume...
Atlanta schools ‘closely monitoring’ Hurricane Florence 
 Atlanta Public Schools is “closely monitoring” the hurricane expected to hit the Carolina coast later this week, district officials said in a statement released Tuesday. While the impact to Georgia is expected to be limited, APS said some forecasts show possible increased heavy rain or wind from remnants of Hurricane Florence...

Posted: 9 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools is “closely monitoring” the hurricane expected to hit the Carolina coast later this week, district officials said in a statement released Tuesday. While the impact to Georgia is expected to be limited, APS said some forecasts show possible increased heavy rain or wind from remnants of Hurricane Florence...
Jesse Jackson to urge Atlanta high schoolers to vote 
 The Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak to Atlanta high school students Tuesday. The civil rights leader is scheduled to address students during an assembly Tuesday at Washington High School.  He’ll talk about the importance of registering to vote and casting a ballot, according to Atlanta Public Schools officials.  Jackson...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak to Atlanta high school students Tuesday. The civil rights leader is scheduled to address students during an assembly Tuesday at Washington High School.  He’ll talk about the importance of registering to vote and casting a ballot, according to Atlanta Public Schools officials.  Jackson...
South Fulton parents rally to back school superintendent
 A decision to delay the Fulton County Schools superintendent’s annual evaluation has alarmed some parents who want to make sure he remains the district’s leader. A group called South Fulton Parents for Education is rallying on behalf of Superintendent Jeff Rose. They’ve ordered T-Shirts that say “We support Dr. Rose...

Posted: 14 days ago

A decision to delay the Fulton County Schools superintendent’s annual evaluation has alarmed some parents who want to make sure he remains the district’s leader. A group called South Fulton Parents for Education is rallying on behalf of Superintendent Jeff Rose. They’ve ordered T-Shirts that say “We support Dr. Rose...
Atlanta schools plan to start later next year
 Summer break could get a bit longer for Atlanta students. The Atlanta school board on Tuesday tentatively approved calendars for the next three years that call for school to start on the second Monday in August, more than a week later than recent years. This year, Atlanta Public Schools began classes on Aug. 1  and will end...

Posted: 16 days ago

Summer break could get a bit longer for Atlanta students. The Atlanta school board on Tuesday tentatively approved calendars for the next three years that call for school to start on the second Monday in August, more than a week later than recent years. This year, Atlanta Public Schools began classes on Aug. 1  and will end...