Posts tagged with "Atlanta Public Schools"

Guidelines on transgender facility access stir debate, but protections aren’t new

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 17, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education caused a stir with a recent letter to school systems offering guidance on how to protect the rights of transgender students. School systems in Atlanta, DeKalb County and the city of Decatur already have policies that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. One section of […]

City Schools of Decatur no longer pursuing lease of East Lake Elementary

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 23, 2016

This story has been updated.  Superintendent David Dude said City Schools of Decatur is no longer seeking to lease the shuttered East Lake Elementary School from Atlanta Public Schools. CSD had been seeking to lease the school as a short term solution to alleviate overcrowding. “We recently completed an analysis of CSD enrollment and capacity,” […]

Decatur School Board holding special work session on facilities needs

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 4, 2016

Decatur’s School Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 to discuss “facilities master planning.” There’s no supporting documentation for the board agenda. Last month, Superintendent David Dude said he would call a special work session before the next regular School Board meeting to discuss items removed from the previous agenda. One of those […]

Snow telling – Winter weather ahead, but no current plans to close schools Tuesday

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 23, 2015

The National Weather Service predicts that it will snow Tuesday morning, Feb. 24. So far, there have been no announcements from City Schools of Decatur, Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Schools or DeKalb County Schools about weather-related closures. Only one school system, Atlanta, had put out any kind of an advisory as of Monday evening. “Atlanta Public […]

Sunday Morning Meditation – Checkmate

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 15, 2015

This story has been updated.  Somewhere along the way, our country gave up on education. I don’t mean people stopped caring about it. There are people who have made careers out of caring about it. But to date, no one seems to have gotten anything meaningful done about it, aside from making some schools better […]

Toomer Elementary among APS schools that would be eligible for takeover under Gov.’s plan

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 12, 2015

Gov. Nathan Deal believes the state should take control of a local school if consistently comes up short on the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index. He’s backing a constitutional amendment that would allow for the creation of Opportunity School Districts. “In the governor’s proposal, persistently failing schools are defined as those scoring below 60 […]

Decatur considers leasing space from other school systems

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 10, 2015

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards knows City Schools of Decatur is running out of room. One of her ideas for creating more space is leasing it from neighboring school districts. Edwards recently told Decaturish that she has reached out to Atlanta Public Schools and DeKalb County Schools to ask if they have any school buildings nearby that […]

Atlanta annexation proposal puts brakes on middle school expansion

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 4, 2015

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen has sent a letter to Inman Middle School parents informing them that the plans for expanding the school are on hold. One of the reasons is a proposal by residents of the Druid Hills neighborhood to annex three schools into the city of Atlanta. “While APS is not involved in […]

City Schools of Decatur shines in new rating system

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 19, 2014

The state of Georgia ditched the school performance rating system under the federal No Child Left Behind law, known as Adequate Yearly Progress, in favor of a new system. Within that system, City Schools of Decatur shines. Georgia now uses the College and Career Ready Performance Index, a score derived from student achievement, 60 percent, progress, 25 […]

Jackson High brothers honored for community service

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 18, 2014

Askari Flewellen and Uwezo Flewellen II are brothers attending Jackson High in Atlanta, but they have more in common than a last name. Between the two of them, they’ve spent 500 hours on community service projects. GivingPoint, an Atlanta-based “youth development organization,” last August awarded grants to Askari, a sophomore, and Uwezo, a junior, according to a press […]

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