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Local metro districts prioritize teacher raises, reading programs, opening new schools and more

Several school districts in the metro Atlanta area are finalizing their FY2025 budgets now. Here are the priorities for each district’s upcoming budget. Fulton County Schools The Fulton County School Board approved the tentative budget during a board meeting on May 15. Marvin Dereef, Fulton’s Chief Financial Officer, presented the budget for the board’s approval. […]

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Cobb County parents continue critiquing the building of $50 million multi-purpose facility

Cobb County Schools will move forward with building a multi-purpose facility despite concerns from the community. In December 2023, the Cobb County Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of approximately 1.31 acres of land at Marietta, GA for $3 million. This land is located next to the district’s central office and is intended to […]

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Emory University relocates commencement ceremony after- Pro-Palestinian protests on campus

College students across the United States are protesting the occupation of Palestinian territory by Israeli forces. Last week Emory University became one of the sights to see student resistance. On April 25th, protestors in Atlanta established an encampment on Emory’s campus to demand the university divestment from Israel and Cop City, a police and fire […]

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signs House and Senate bills in press conference

On Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp signed several bills at a press conference that focused on school choice, property disposal, school supplies for teachers, social media, and more. Kemp stood alongside a large group of people outside the Georgia Department of Education who awaited the signing. Lieutenant Gov. of Georgia Burt Jones welcomed Kemp, emphasizing how […]

Posted inDekalb County Schools

Superintendent Horton highlights “being disruptive for excellence” in Dekalb County Schools State of the District

“What are you doing for others?” was the question from the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that Dekalb County Schools (DCSD) Superintendent Dr. Devon Horton highlighted at this year’s DCSD State of the District. Last Thursday, the District held its State of the District which was streamed on Facebook Live. After Horton’s daughter Zoey […]

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Georgia General Assembly introduces bill to establish school supplies for educators program

If the General Assembly passes Senate Bill 464, the Georgia Senate could give educators the funds needed for classrooms.   Last week, the Georgia General Assembly introduced Senate Bill 464, which could require the state’s Board of Education to establish a School Supplies For Educators Program. The program would work with the State School Superintendent […]

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Georgia House Subcommittee discusses education initiatives and budget adjustments in recent meeting

The Georgia House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee held a meeting late last week for the 2025 Budget Hearing.  The Subcommittee made several agency adjustments to the budget, including health insurance, retirement systems, DLs, and insurance. The most notable change is a formula growth of $2.256 million in USG’s teaching program. Georgia MATCH Lynne Riley, President […]

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Georgia General Assembly introduces bill surrounding discussing gender in classrooms

On February 16 the Georgia General Assembly introduced Senate Bill 88 a bill that would prevent teachers from discussing gender in classrooms under certain circumstances. Sponsored by Sen. Carden Summers it was brought before the chamber’s committee on education and youth.  According to a report by WABE, Senator Carden Summers (R) sponsored the bill, saying, […]

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Working group on early childhood education sends report of recommendations

The Working Group on Early Childhood Education finalized a report of recommendations in January to improve the state-funded Pre-K program in Georgia.  State Representative Jon Burns established the Group to focus on issues surrounding the access and effectiveness of the program. He selected Speaker Pro Tempore Jan Jones as Chair of the working group and […]

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Mentions Education In State of The State Address

Today, Gov. Brian Kemp delivered his State of the State Address at the Georgia Capitol Museum. At the beginning of the address, Kemp promised to “put hard work and Georgians first,” fund priorities like education, public safety, and healthcare, and keep the government “efficient, responsible, and accountable.” During the address, Kemp mentioned the Georgia Match […]

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How metro-Atlanta school districts are helping students experiencing homelessness

Students experiencing homelessness have local school districts being creative on how to best support them with resources. Tamika Smith was in between homes before she recently moved to Georgia to live with her family. While In Georgia, she received a phone call from Clayton County’s Homeless Education Team to come pick up some shoes for […]

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Local historians call out “whitewashing of Black History” in school curriculums

When Dr. Shana Hunt graduated from high school and attended Paine College in Agusta Georgia, she thought she was “pretty together” with her blackness and understanding of Black history. However, learning about all the historical achievements of Black people she didn’t know blew her mind. She didn’t know about the detailed works of Zora Neale […]

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Cobb County parents critique Board of Education’s approval of $50 million multi-purpose facility

The Cobb County Board of Education approved a proposal from Superintendent Chris Ragsdale to build a $50 million multi-purpose facility during a work session on March 23. In the session, Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the facility would mostly be used for academic purposes such as science fairs, fine arts presentations, robotic competitions, Career, Technical and […]

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Cobb Fulton and APS schools propose pay raises for employees in the 2023-2024 budgets

As Cobb County Schools, Fulton County Schools, and Atlanta Public Schools (APS)work to adopt their tentative 2023-2024 budgets, employee pay raises are at the front of any compensation talks.  The Cobb County school board presented its tentative budget for 2024 on April 13. The budget includes a  7.5% pay raise for all non-temporary employees. It […]

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Dekalb County Schools’ sole superintendent finalist answers questions and critiques at town hall

By: Christina Norris Last Tuesday, The Dekalb County School Board announced three town halls for parents, students, and stakeholders to get to know  Dr. Devon Horton, the sole finalist for its superintendent role. The Board held the town halls at Chamblee High School, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Middle School, and the Administrative & Instructional Complex. […]

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Georgia House Education Policy Subcommittee passes $6,000+ voucher bill

The Georgia House of Representatives Education Policy Subcommittee voted to pass SB 233, also known as “The Georgia Promise Scholarship Act,” in an Education Policy Subcommittee Meeting.  According to Senator and author of the bill Greg Dolezal, this bill will give students and parents more options regarding where they receive their education.  “What this bill […]

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Former Fulton County Schools board member to serve as Georgia School Board Association development specialist

Julia Bernath, former president of the Fulton County Board of Education, is stepping into the Board Development Specialist role for the Georgia School Boards Association. Bernath announced her new position in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “I am excited to share that I’m starting a new position as Board Development Specialist with the Georgia School […]

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Petition calls for immediate change in Atlanta Public Schools’ leadership

Over 700 people have signed a petition demanding an “immediate” change in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) leadership. A account titled Transparency Now started the petition, expressing concerns with the direction of the current APS Superintendent, Dr. Lsia Herring, and the Senior Cabinet.  “Atlanta Public School’s senior leaders have failed our students, teachers, and staff […]