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Suspect arrested after shot fired outside Mays High School 
 U.S. Marshals arrested a 19-year-old man after at least one shot was fired earlier this week in the Mays High School parking lot, an incident that put the school on lockdown. The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Patrick Dominique Williams, 19, in Cobb County on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Marshals office...

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U.S. Marshals arrested a 19-year-old man after at least one shot was fired earlier this week in the Mays High School parking lot, an incident that put the school on lockdown. The U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Patrick Dominique Williams, 19, in Cobb County on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Marshals office...
For Cobb student, Parkland shooting prompted gun-control activism
 The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., happened more than 600 miles away, but for Kara Litwin, the distance disappeared as she thought of her friends at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Kara, an 18-year-old senior at Cobb County’s Pope High School, is among the young local activists leading the crusade for tighter gun controls...

Posted: 6 days ago

The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., happened more than 600 miles away, but for Kara Litwin, the distance disappeared as she thought of her friends at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Kara, an 18-year-old senior at Cobb County’s Pope High School, is among the young local activists leading the crusade for tighter gun controls...
APS plans budget, pay hikes amid revenue questions
 Atlanta Public Schools expects Fulton County  residential property values to increase after being frozen at 2016 levels. But school officials are facing major revenue unknowns while creating the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 .  The board is scheduled to tentatively adopt the budget May 7 and consider final approval...

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools expects Fulton County residential property values to increase after being frozen at 2016 levels. But school officials are facing major revenue unknowns while creating the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 .  The board is scheduled to tentatively adopt the budget May 7 and consider final approval...
Student events, walkouts to be smaller than month ago
 At Lakeside High School this morning, student activities for a national walkout will center around ways young people can continue having their voice heard, from registering to vote to engaging in conversations on continued activism. The purpose of last month’s walkout was to remember the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory...

Posted: 7 days ago

At Lakeside High School this morning, student activities for a national walkout will center around ways young people can continue having their voice heard, from registering to vote to engaging in conversations on continued activism. The purpose of last month’s walkout was to remember the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory...
Highest Georgia court won’t hear 2 ex-APS educators’ appeals
 The Supreme Court of Georgia will not hear appeals of two former Atlanta Public Schools educators convicted three years ago in a districtwide cheating conspiracy. The supreme court on Monday rejected Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson’s petitions for an appeal, meaning that an August ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals that upheld...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Supreme Court of Georgia will not hear appeals of two former Atlanta Public Schools educators convicted three years ago in a districtwide cheating conspiracy. The supreme court on Monday rejected Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson’s petitions for an appeal, meaning that an August ruling from the Georgia Court of Appeals that upheld...
State’s top court won’t hear appeals for 2 convicted in APS cheating case
 The Supreme Court of Georgia will not hear appeals sought by two former Atlanta Public Schools educators who were convicted three years ago in a district cheating conspiracy.  The supreme court on Monday rejected Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson’s petitions for an appeal, meaning that an August ruling from the Georgia Court...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Supreme Court of Georgia will not hear appeals sought by two former Atlanta Public Schools educators who were convicted three years ago in a district cheating conspiracy.  The supreme court on Monday rejected Tamara Cotman and Angela Williamson’s petitions for an appeal, meaning that an August ruling from the Georgia Court...
APS schedules 2018 high school graduation dates
 Atlanta Public Schools announced the schedule for high school commencements, to take place May 19-25.  All commencement ceremonies will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C3, except for the Drew Charter School, which will hold its 2 p.m. May 19 ceremony at its school gymnasium.  Other Atlanta commencement...

Posted: 9 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools announced the schedule for high school commencements, to take place May 19-25.  All commencement ceremonies will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall C3, except for the Drew Charter School, which will hold its 2 p.m. May 19 ceremony at its school gymnasium.  Other Atlanta commencement...
Atlanta charter school teacher suspended after students' blackface performance
 An Atlanta charter school teacher deemed responsible for a second-grade Black History Month performance in which the students held blackface masks has been suspended without pay for a month. Rachelle Clay, a teacher at The Kindezi School, will serve the suspension through May 14. The school’s principal, Gilberte Pascal, and...

Posted: 12 days ago

An Atlanta charter school teacher deemed responsible for a second-grade Black History Month performance in which the students held blackface masks has been suspended without pay for a month. Rachelle Clay, a teacher at The Kindezi School, will serve the suspension through May 14. The school’s principal, Gilberte Pascal, and...
Atlanta Public Schools: Fight over school deeds costly to taxpayers
 A three-year legal fight over school property deeds that started under then-Mayor Kasim Reed will cost the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools more than $700,000. The dispute is now well on its way to an out-of-court resolution under a new mayor who pledged to mend the city’s frayed relationship with the school district. The...

Posted: 13 days ago

A three-year legal fight over school property deeds that started under then-Mayor Kasim Reed will cost the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools more than $700,000. The dispute is now well on its way to an out-of-court resolution under a new mayor who pledged to mend the city’s frayed relationship with the school district. The...
City, school battle over property deeds cost taxpayers dearly
 A three-year legal fight over school property deeds that started under then-Mayor Kasim Reed will cost the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools more than $700,000. The dispute is now well on its way to an out-of-court resolution under a new mayor who pledged to mend the city’s frayed relationship with the school district. The...

Posted: 13 days ago

A three-year legal fight over school property deeds that started under then-Mayor Kasim Reed will cost the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools more than $700,000. The dispute is now well on its way to an out-of-court resolution under a new mayor who pledged to mend the city’s frayed relationship with the school district. The...
Atlanta charter school teacher suspended after students’ blackface performance
 A Kindezi Schools teacher deemed responsible for a second-grade black history month performance in which the students held blackface masks has been suspended without pay for a month. Rachelle Clay, a teacher at the Old Fourth Ward charter school who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, will serve the suspension from April...

Posted: 13 days ago

A Kindezi Schools teacher deemed responsible for a second-grade black history month performance in which the students held blackface masks has been suspended without pay for a month. Rachelle Clay, a teacher at the Old Fourth Ward charter school who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, will serve the suspension from April...
Atlanta’s new Douglass cluster elementary school gets name, principal 
 A new Atlanta school, to be created by merging Fain and Towns elementary schools, will be called Harper-Archer Elementary School. The school will open in the fall of 2019 at what is now Harper-Archer Middle School. That building will receive a roughly $9.2 million, largely interior renovation that will begin this year to get it ready it for...

Posted: 15 days ago

A new Atlanta school, to be created by merging Fain and Towns elementary schools, will be called Harper-Archer Elementary School. The school will open in the fall of 2019 at what is now Harper-Archer Middle School. That building will receive a roughly $9.2 million, largely interior renovation that will begin this year to get it ready it for...
Atlanta school board OKs $46 million contract to reopen MLK’s old school
 The Atlanta school board approved a $46 million contract to renovate Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood school, closed for more than 40 years. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the not-to-exceed contract with Parrish Construction Group to transform the shuttered David T. Howard Building in the Old Fourth...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Atlanta school board approved a $46 million contract to renovate Martin Luther King Jr.’s childhood school, closed for more than 40 years. The Atlanta Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the not-to-exceed contract with Parrish Construction Group to transform the shuttered David T. Howard Building in the Old Fourth...
APS superintendent calls for consequences after blackface performance
 Atlanta Superintendent Meria Carstarphen urged a charter school to finish its investigation into a student  performance that featured blackface masks and called for “appropriate consequences.” The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward sparked an uproar in late March after a parent posted a video on social media of second graders reciting...

Posted: 17 days ago

Atlanta Superintendent Meria Carstarphen urged a charter school to finish its investigation into a student performance that featured blackface masks and called for “appropriate consequences.” The Kindezi School at Old Fourth Ward sparked an uproar in late March after a parent posted a video on social media of second graders reciting...
Georgia online charter high school to close
 Georgia’s first virtual charter high school that aims to graduate at-risk students will close in June after six years of operation. Graduation Achievement Charter High School announced the decision Monday after a March vote by its board of directors. Roughly 2,100 students attend the school, with 271 seniors eligible to graduate before...

Posted: 17 days ago

Georgia’s first virtual charter high school that aims to graduate at-risk students will close in June after six years of operation. Graduation Achievement Charter High School announced the decision Monday after a March vote by its board of directors. Roughly 2,100 students attend the school, with 271 seniors eligible to graduate before...
Proposed APS board resolution: Shootings require ‘complex solutions’
 The Atlanta school board will consider adopting a school safety resolution that expresses support for student activists and calls for more money for security and counselors but does not explicitly mention gun-law reforms.  The two-page proposed resolution, which will go before the Atlanta Board of Education on Monday, does not directly...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Atlanta school board will consider adopting a school safety resolution that expresses support for student activists and calls for more money for security and counselors but does not explicitly mention gun-law reforms.  The two-page proposed resolution, which will go before the Atlanta Board of Education on Monday, does not directly...
Atlanta ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’ scheduled for Saturday
 Gun-control advocates will host town halls Saturday with Georgia legislators.  The “Town Hall for Our Lives” events are the next step taken by some activists and students who organized last month’s March for Our Lives. They are calling for gun-law reform after the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Concerned...

Posted: 22 days ago

Gun-control advocates will host town halls Saturday with Georgia legislators.  The “Town Hall for Our Lives” events are the next step taken by some activists and students who organized last month’s March for Our Lives. They are calling for gun-law reform after the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Concerned...
School district responds to recording of teacher blasting Trump  
 Henry County Schools described a student’s recording of a teacher blasting President Donald Trump as an “isolated incident” and said the district does not tolerate “the infusion of political bias into classroom lessons.” >> Read more trending news   In the recording, captured in a Hampton Middle...

Posted: 22 days ago

Henry County Schools described a student’s recording of a teacher blasting President Donald Trump as an “isolated incident” and said the district does not tolerate “the infusion of political bias into classroom lessons.” >> Read more trending news   In the recording, captured in a Hampton Middle...
Henry County Schools responds to teacher recording blasting Trump
 Henry County Schools described a student’s recording of a teacher blasting President Donald Trump as an “isolated incident” and said the district does not tolerate “the infusion of political bias into classroom lessons.” In the recording, captured in a Hampton Middle School classroom by student Josie Orihuela...

Posted: 22 days ago

Henry County Schools described a student’s recording of a teacher blasting President Donald Trump as an “isolated incident” and said the district does not tolerate “the infusion of political bias into classroom lessons.” In the recording, captured in a Hampton Middle School classroom by student Josie Orihuela...
APS unveils new look for MLK’s childhood school
 Atlanta Public Schools unveiled architectural renderings for a renovated  David T. Howard school, once attended by Martin Luther King Jr.  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen commemorated the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination with a blog post that showcased two drawings depicting how the district...

Posted: 22 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools unveiled architectural renderings for a renovated David T. Howard school, once attended by Martin Luther King Jr.  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen commemorated the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination with a blog post that showcased two drawings depicting how the district...
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