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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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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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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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Dekalb County Schools offer new hire incentives for teachers and staff

Dekalb County Schools Board of Education announced a new initiative aimed at hiring teachers in hard to fill hard to staff positions that include areas: math, science, special education, bus drivers, and school resource officers. These compensation increases come after the Dekalb Board of Education tentatively approved the 2023-2024 budget that focused on including a […]

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Former Dekalb County Superintendent to lead Achieve Atlanta

On Thursday, Achieve Atlanta announced their new incoming President/Executive Director, Dr. Cheryl Watson-Harris. Achieve Atlanta is a nonprofit that awards need-based scholarships to Atlanta Public Schools students who pursue various post-secondary paths after high school. Watson-Harris, the former Superintendent of Dekalb County Schools, was fired from the board in April 2022 after a controversy that […]

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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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Dekalb County School District names sole finalist for the top job

This afternoon. Dekalb County Schools announced their sole finalist for the superintendent role, Dr. Devon Horton- the current Superintendent of Evanston/Stokie School District 65- north of Chicago. Horton was hired by District 65 as Superintendent in June 2020 with a contract extension from 2022 through 2026. A native of Chicago, Horton has worked previously as […]

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Dekalb County Schools approves $8 million dollars for enhanced security measures

Dekalb County Schools approved $8,000,000 + for the Evolv Weapons Detection system for forty middle and high schools throughout the county. This comes after an uptick of weapons confiscated in the district this year. According to Dekalb County Schools, as of February 2, 2023, a total of 16 handguns, 38 knives, and 13 other weapons for […]

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Dekalb County Schools sets aside $700 million for capital projects improvements

In a special called meeting on February 1, Dekalb County Board of Education announced plans to spend over $700 million in tax-funded E-SPLOST funds for facilities renovations and upgrades to a variety of school sites. Dekalb votes approved the E-SPLOST VI on November 2, 2021, with an overall 80% approval rating. The funds allow the […]

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Dekalb County schools board announced $41 million worth of bonuses for staff

The Dekalb County Board of Education approved a program to increase employee salaries at their most recent board meeting on January 9th. Human Resources Administrator Tekshia Ward-Smith proposed the “recruiting and retention incentive program,” a plan to reduce the number of resignations and attract new employees. “This is our attempt to not only show our […]

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Dekalb County School District launches national search for superintendent

Dekalb County Schools has announced that they have partnered with the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to launch a national search for its next Superintendent of Schools. The current interim superintendent, Dr. Vasanne Tinsley, took over when the Board of Education fired Cheryl Watson-Harris on Apr. 26th. As a part of this process, GSBA will […]

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Fulton County Schools and Dekalb County Schools announce a virtual start to the second semester

On Friday, both Dekalb County Schools and Fulton County Schools announced their plans to start the second semester virtually. This comes after both Clayton and Rockdale County made the same decision on Thursday. In a communication to parents, Fulton County made the announcement based on the December 30, Fulton County Board of Health Epidemiology Report […]

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Dekalb County Schools partners with Amazon to fund computer science education

Stone Mountain- Today, Amazon and DeKalb County School District (DCSD) today announced that Amazon is funding computer science education and teacher professional development for 30 elementary schools in the district, impacting more than 10,000 students from underserved communities and groups currently underrepresented in tech as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. DeKalb County School […]

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Dekalb County Schools to Close Until September 13

On Thursday, DeKalb County School District announced that an elementary school is closing temporarily after a group of students tested positive for the coronavirus. “We feel this is the best decision for this school community at this time.” Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris said at a news conference this afternoon. In the statement, the district said 18 students at […]

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State Superintendent Woods Urges Compassion Over Compliance

This morning State School Superintendent Richard Woods urged us to choose compassion over compliance in a message to Georgia parents and stakeholders. The correspondence started by praising Georgia’s teachers, educational leaders, parents, and students by them doing a remarkable job during our “new normal”. Wood continued with, “We have seen public education rise up and […]