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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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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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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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On this day in 1956: March 1

On this day in 1956 by Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi TodayMarch 1, 2024 March 1, 1956 Autherine Lucy pictured here with Roy Wilkins, left, executive director of the national NAACP, and Thurgood Marshall, who led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The University of Alabama expelled Autherine Lucy, the first Black student ever admitted. Thousands […]

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AUC colleges awarded $14 million grant for research

On Wednesday, Spelman College, in collaboration with Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Clark Atlanta University, was awarded a $14 million competitive grant aimed at transforming research support access. Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) initiative will support the schools in the Atlanta University Center and aims to expand the […]

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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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Spelman College Receives Historic $100 Million Gift – Largest Ever to an HBCU

Spelman College, one of the leading educational institutions for Black women in STEM, announced a historic milestone with a $100 million gift – the largest single donation ever made to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). The generous contribution comes from businesswoman and philanthropist Ronda Stryker and her husband, William Johnston, Chairman of Greenleaf […]

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Storms cause metro school districts to announce closures for Friday

Due to severe weather threats, some Georgia schools are announcing closings for tomorrow, Friday, after dangerous storms rolled into the metro area on Tuesday. According to reporting from Fox 5, Atlanta and northern Georgia remain under the threat of severe storms, with another round of rain, destructive winds, and the potential for tornadoes expected to […]

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Dekalb School Board to consider additional budget adjustment for employee bonuses

At next week’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Dekalb County School Board is set to discuss and approve a general fund budget adjustment earmarked for employee bonuses. This budget adjustment comes after Governor Brian Kemp announced on December 18 a $1,000 retention bonus for state employees, teachers, and support staff. Dekalb County Schools received $9,930,774 from […]

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Blank Foundation grant to jumpstart hospitality program at Morris Brown College

On Monday, Morris Brown College and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced a 20-year, $3 million to digitize and market the school’s Hospitality Certificate program. Supported by the foundation’s Youth Development giving area, it will help Morris Brown College students outside of the metro Atlanta area who may have challenges getting to the college. […]

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Academic Officer from Atlanta Public Schools chosen as semi-finalist for Memphis superintendent Position

Dr. Yolanda Brown, the current chief academic officer at Atlanta Public Schools, has been named a semi-finalist for the next Superintendent of Memphis- Shelby County Schools.  Brown, who is a 30-year veteran of Atlanta Public Schools, has held a variety of roles. According to her bio, brown has been a classroom teacher, district-level model teacher […]

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Atlanta Public Schools extends charter contracts for three local schools

ATLANTA — Atlanta Public Schools has granted a five-year extension to the charters of three local schools following the December 4, 2023 board meeting. Centennial Academy, Atlanta Classical Academy, and KIPP Metro Schools petitioned the Atlanta Board of Education for the extension, with their current charters set to expire on June 30, 2024. Centennial Academy, […]

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Atlanta Public Schools denies application for a public charter focused on serving students with special needs

Atlanta Public Schools voted unanimously tonight to deny an application for a public charter school for students with special needs. The school, Tapestry Public Charter Schools Atlanta (TPCA), wanted to duplicate their model in Doraville by opening a new start-up charter school in Atlanta Public Schools for the 2024-2025 school year. According to the petition […]

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State Health Benefit Plan premiums going up 5%

by Dave Williams | Aug 10, 2023 | Capitol Beat News Service ATLANTA – State employees, public school teachers and retirees will pay 5% more for health insurance coverage next year on average. The Georgia Board of Community Health approved the premium increase Thursday, only the second in the last six years. The increase, which takes effect Jan. 1, will […]

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Seven organizations awarded funds to provide extended learning opportunities for students in foster care

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Education is awarding $321,500 in Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grants aimed at providing extended learning opportunities for students in foster care, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced last week. The BOOST grants were made possible through federal stimulus funds under the American Rescue Plan (ARP-ESSR). “The BOOST grants align with […]

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Emory University announces spring semester courses to begin in remote format

Atlanta-With rising COVID infections from Omicron variant spreading rapidly, Emory University President, Gregory L. Fenves announced today that the spring semester will start virtually. In a letter to students and the community, Fenves cited the “significant increases in COVID-19 cases because of the spread of the Omicron variant” and announced that the university will pivot […]

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Fulton County Schools to Raise Minimum Wage to $16 and Introduces New Compensation

Atlanta, Georgia – In the regularly scheduled work session, Fulton County Schools unanimously approved a mid-year compensation adjustment brought by Superintendent Mike Looney for their 14,000 employees. The full package brings the minimum starting pay up to $16.00 per hour, with commensurate adjustments to the associated compensation schedule, and includes generous pay increases and one-time […]

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Metro Atlanta school districts are moving to mask optional mandate

Atlanta, Ga- Many Atlanta metro districts are proposing to open a mask-optional campus. On July 27, The CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommended that vaccinated people wear masks indoors in K-12 schools amid the surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide in 2020. As a result, school districts across metro Atlanta have updated their […]