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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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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 […]

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Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent takes role with Department of Education

Dr. Lisa Herring, the former Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, has a new role with the U.S. Department of Education. Starting on September 18, she will join the department as a consultant and strategic advisor to the Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, where she will shape the department’s strategy to engage state and local officials. […]

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Spelman College installs 11th President

On Thursday, Spelman College formally installed Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH, as its 11th President at the investiture ceremony, at the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel. The ceremony focused on honoring the great leaders who have led the college and introduced the vision of Dr. Gayle for Spelman. During her inaugural speech, […]

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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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Several metro schools districts receive Opportunity Grants from GaDOE

Georgia Department of Education announced its second series of Opportunity grants aimed at expanding options and opportunities for students in Georgia. These grants will support more programming in fine arts, health, physical education, world languages, and summer bridge programs for rural school districts. This second round of funding totaling $1,820,804 is made possible through federal […]

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University of Georgia football player recruiting staff member killed in an early morning car crash

On Sunday at 2:45 a.m., a car crash involving a 2021 Ford Expedition claimed the life of 20-year-old Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy, a Georgia recruiting staffer, passed away. The Ford Expedition, driven by LeCroy, was traveling southbound in the land of Barnett Shoals Road when the vehicle left the roadway, striking […]

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Kemp announces teacher pay increase in inauguration speech

Governor Brian Kemp announced raises for teachers and other government employees during his second-term inauguration speech on Jan. 12, 2022.  The governor’s 2023 budget proposes $2,000 pay raises for all state employees including state law enforcement, pre-kindergarten teachers, and kindergarten through 12th-grade personnel. Before the announcement, the average entry-level salary for a K-12 teacher in […]

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Atlanta City Council approves new gun safety legislation

The Atlanta City Council approved new gun safety legislation during their Jan. 3, 2022 meeting. The resolution, 22-R-4798, requests the mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction and the Atlanta Police Department to develop a program to provide firearm safety storage (lockboxes) for free to qualifying Atlanta residents. The resolution was proposed by council member Antonio Lewis. […]

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Georgia Department of Education announces legislative priorities for 2023

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has announced its legislative priorities for 2023. In addition, the department shared a press release listing all the areas it intends to strengthen. These areas include support and opportunities for students, school safety, the teaching profession, and public education.  The press release also contains a federal priority to extend […]

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Fayette county public schools seek input on math textbook adoption

Fayette County Public Schools is looking for feedback from parents and the community as they adopt K-5 mathematics textbooks for the 2023-2024 school year. The two textbook vendors are Savvas (formerly Pearson) enVision and Curriculum Associates iReady Classroom, which the textbook committee recommended. While the district office’s mathematics department is expected to present to the […]

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Google and Big Brothers Big Sister of Metro Atlanta partner with Mays High School

Officials from Google and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta were at Mays High School on Friday to announce and celebrate a new partnership and investment Google is making into the school and its students through mentorship and technological infrastructure investments. The event featured a welcome video by comedian, Mays graduate, and “Wild ‘N […]

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GaDOE to Pilot New Teacher Evaluation System

The Georgia Department of Education is launching a pilot, GaLeads, for a new teacher evaluation system that aims to emphasize growth while elevating the teaching profession. The pilot will involve eleven school districts during the 2023-2024 school year with hopes that this new system will replace the current Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) and Leader […]