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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Fulton County Schools to hold job fair for teachers
 Teachers interested in working for Fulton County Schools can attend a recruiting event Dec. 8. The school district will recruit experienced teachers and those about to graduate from college at an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Langston Hughes High School at 7510 Hall Road in Fairburn.  Prospective employees can meet district leaders...

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Teachers interested in working for Fulton County Schools can attend a recruiting event Dec. 8. The school district will recruit experienced teachers and those about to graduate from college at an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Langston Hughes High School at 7510 Hall Road in Fairburn.  Prospective employees can meet district leaders...
Atlanta schools to repay $60M loan early, saving $158,000 in interest 
 Atlanta Public Schools, which borrowed $60 million this year to cover expenses while waiting to receive tax revenue, will be able to repay that loan six weeks early.  The school board authorized the loan, known as a tax-anticipation note, in August because delays in sending out Fulton County tax bills had caused  a cash-flow problem...

Posted: 2 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools, which borrowed $60 million this year to cover expenses while waiting to receive tax revenue, will be able to repay that loan six weeks early.  The school board authorized the loan, known as a tax-anticipation note, in August because delays in sending out Fulton County tax bills had caused a cash-flow problem...
Effort to get more Atlanta graduates to college succeeding
 Before he graduated from Mays High School this year, when he was still figuring out where to go to college and how to pay for it, Governor Brown started getting texts from his advisers. The messages came regularly, with information about SAT and ACT tests and reminders about college tours. His mom got texts too. He got to know the college...

Posted: 3 days ago

Before he graduated from Mays High School this year, when he was still figuring out where to go to college and how to pay for it, Governor Brown started getting texts from his advisers. The messages came regularly, with information about SAT and ACT tests and reminders about college tours. His mom got texts too. He got to know the college...
Burgess-Peterson teacher named APS ‘Teacher of the Year’
 Atlanta Public Schools gave its Teacher of the Year award to a fourth-grade teacher at Burgess-Peterson Elementary School.  Tracey Pendley was announced as this year’s winner of the “District Excellence in Teaching Award” on Wednesday.  She’s taught fourth grade at Burgess-Peterson for four years.  &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools gave its Teacher of the Year award to a fourth-grade teacher at Burgess-Peterson Elementary School.  Tracey Pendley was announced as this year’s winner of the “District Excellence in Teaching Award” on Wednesday.  She’s taught fourth grade at Burgess-Peterson for four years.  &ldquo...
Fulton safety plan includes hiring 16 police officers for elementary schools
 A Fulton County Schools safety committee recommended the district hire 16 more school police officers and invest in online mental health services, among other suggestions. The committee, which the district formed in July, gave its report to the school board Tuesday. The board could approve the plan at its Nov. 15 meeting.  The work began...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Fulton County Schools safety committee recommended the district hire 16 more school police officers and invest in online mental health services, among other suggestions. The committee, which the district formed in July, gave its report to the school board Tuesday. The board could approve the plan at its Nov. 15 meeting.  The work began...
Former Fulton school superintendent returns as interim
 A former Fulton County superintendent will return to lead the school district on an interim basis after the coming resignation of Jeff Rose. The Fulton school board Tuesday appointed Cindy Loe, who served as superintendent from 2008 to 2011, as the district’s interim superintendent. The decision comes after Rose, who became...

Posted: 10 days ago

A former Fulton County superintendent will return to lead the school district on an interim basis after the coming resignation of Jeff Rose. The Fulton school board Tuesday appointed Cindy Loe, who served as superintendent from 2008 to 2011, as the district’s interim superintendent. The decision comes after Rose, who became...
Atlanta school board renews KIPP charter schools, leases in 5-4 vote
 The Atlanta school board -- by the thinnest of margins -- voted Monday to renew its authorization of charter schools run by KIPP Metro Atlanta and agreed to new leases for use of district buildings.  KIPP’s charter expires June 30, but Monday’s 5-4 school board vote allows the network of charter schools to continue to operate...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Atlanta school board -- by the thinnest of margins -- voted Monday to renew its authorization of charter schools run by KIPP Metro Atlanta and agreed to new leases for use of district buildings.  KIPP’s charter expires June 30, but Monday’s 5-4 school board vote allows the network of charter schools to continue to operate...
Fulton school board to appoint interim superintendent Tuesday
 The Fulton County school board will vote on the appointment of an interim superintendent at its Tuesday meeting. The decision of who to tap as temporary leader comes after Fulton County Schools Superintendent Jeff Rose announced last month that he would resign at the end of the year. Rose cited personal reasons for leaving before the end...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Fulton County school board will vote on the appointment of an interim superintendent at its Tuesday meeting. The decision of who to tap as temporary leader comes after Fulton County Schools Superintendent Jeff Rose announced last month that he would resign at the end of the year. Rose cited personal reasons for leaving before the end...
Fulton considers later school start date for next year
 Fulton County students could begin class nearly a week later next year, according to a proposed calendar to be presented to the board.  Fulton County Schools would begin classes next year on Aug. 12, 2019, and the following year on Aug. 10, 2020, according to proposed calendars.  This year, Fulton started school on Aug...

Posted: 11 days ago

Fulton County students could begin class nearly a week later next year, according to a proposed calendar to be presented to the board.  Fulton County Schools would begin classes next year on Aug. 12, 2019, and the following year on Aug. 10, 2020, according to proposed calendars.  This year, Fulton started school on Aug...
APS to consider charter school renewals, KIPP building leases
 The Atlanta school board will consider renewing its authorization of several charter schools, including the KIPP Metro Atlanta cluster of schools, and extending their  leases of district buildings. At the board’s Monday meeting, members will be asked to approve a 40-year lease of the former Turner Middle School for continued use by...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Atlanta school board will consider renewing its authorization of several charter schools, including the KIPP Metro Atlanta cluster of schools, and extending their leases of district buildings. At the board’s Monday meeting, members will be asked to approve a 40-year lease of the former Turner Middle School for continued use by...
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More than 50 supporters of KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative Inc.  attended a December, 2017, meeting of the  Atlanta Board of Education to show support for the charter school operator's request to increase its enrollment cap. VANESSA McCRAY/AJC

Posted: 14 days ago

More than 50 supporters of KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative Inc. attended a December, 2017, meeting of the Atlanta Board of Education to show support for the charter school operator's request to increase its enrollment cap. VANESSA McCRAY/AJC