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Three names emerge as finalists for Atlanta Board of Education superintendent role

The Atlanta Board of Education is closer to finding a superintendent to lead the district. Yesterday, three candidates were presented to a community panel that provided feedback and insight on the final candidates to the board. The process, which Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates (HYA) manages, has been notoriously secret. However, due to sources close […]

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Clark Atlanta University to offer music education after 19 years

In a press release released this week, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) announced the relaunch of its Music Education major—nineteen years after the initial hiatus. The major will offer a curriculum that combines theory and practice while honoring the department’s thirty-year legacy. The revival of this major will focus on equipping students with the knowledge, skills, […]

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Complaints filed against Cobb County School District

Yesterday, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) filed two complaints with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), urging an investigation into Cobb County School District and Florida’s Collier County Public School District for creating a hostile environment for students through practices that include censoring books and learning materials that feature, tell […]

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Atlanta Public Schools votes to abolish district and school-level positions

At a regularly scheduled board meeting last week, the Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously to abolish several hundred district-level and school-based positions to align district priorities better. Presented by Chief Human Resource Officer Nicole Lawson, the abolishment resulted from unfunded pension and healthcare, fluctuations in student enrollment, funding new initiatives with fidelity, and realignment […]

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Atlanta Board of Education renames B.E.S.T. Academy in honor of Atlanta business icon Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.

The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously to rename B.E.S.T. Academy, in honor of the late Atlanta business leader Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., to B.E.S.T. Academy at The Thomas W. Dortch Jr. Institute. This vote came after waiving the first read for the Board to vote on the motion on Tuesday. The renaming came after […]

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Dekalb County Schools Superintendent contract extended for two years

Following an executive session at their board retreat today, the Dekalb County Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year extension for Superintendent Dr. Devon Q. Horton. The board retreat themed, “Standing on Business”, focused on student assignment, ESPLOST, Budget, Human Resources and an orientation for new BOE representatives. During the retreat, Mr. DaCosta noted that […]

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Cobb County Schools bans four additional books citing lewd, vulgar, and sexually explicit content

At a board meeting Thursday, Cobb County Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale pulled an additional 4 library books citing materials containing “lewd, vulgar, and sexually explicit content”, nor will your taxes be used to fund it”. The additional books taken off the shelves as of Thursday in Cobb County Schools are “13 Reasons Why” by Jay […]

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Board of Regents to increase tuition rates at 25 public colleges and universities

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) voted today to approve tuition rates for the 2024-25 academic year at USG’s 26 public colleges and universities. In-state undergraduate tuition will increase by 2.5%, while out-of-state tuition will increase by 5%. A third level of tuition for out-of-country students will also be established […]

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New dashboard highlights reading readiness across the state

Starting today, it will be easier for educators, communities, and stakeholders to access literacy data at the state, district, and school levels. Through the  Reading Readiness Dashboard, Georgians can access information on the percentage of students reading below, on, and above grade level for every school, district, and Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) region in […]

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Atlanta Board of Education extends interim superintendent contract

The Atlanta Board of Education voted unanimously to extend interim superintendent Dr. Danielle S. Battle’s contract through December 31, 2024. Dr. Battle’s original contract was set to expire on June 30. “Continuing this important work to illuminate the vision established by the ABOE is exactly what I am driven to do,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. […]

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Atlanta Board of Education considers change to dress code policy and equity advisory committee

In a board policy review committee meeting last week, the Atlanta Board of Education suggested several policy changes centered on the community equity advisory committee and the student dress code. The first agenda item was focused on the Community Equity Advisory Committee and the language around the possible removal of members in the policy. Established in […]

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Forsyth County names new superintendent

In a unanimous vote, Forsyth County Board of Education has announced hiring a new superintendent after months of searching. Effective July 1, 2024, Mr. James Mitchell “Mitch” Young will become Forsyth’s 22nd Superintendent and the 6th appointed to the position. “Mr. Young strongly possesses the qualities, characteristics, and skills we were seeking,” shared Board Chairperson […]

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Dekalb County Schools extends spring break for one day for solar eclipse, some parents are not happy

If you are a student in Dekalb County Schools your spring break was just extended for one day to enjoy the solar eclipse happening in April but some families are not happy. In a communication with families yesterday, Dekalb County Schools announced that on April 8, students will have an independent learner day to witness […]

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Atlanta Girls’ School to close at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year

In a communication to parents today, the Atlanta Girls’ School announced that it will close its doors at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. The communication sent to parents cited “declining re-enrollment numbers”, “economic challenges,” and the “diminishing need for single-gender education” as reasons for the school’s closing. “Despite exploring various options, implementing cost-cutting […]