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APS commits to reducing inequality with affordable housing policy

By Guest Columnist COURTNEY ENGLISH, chairman of the Atlanta Board of Education

Atlanta works best when it works for everyone. For far too long, my beloved Atlanta, has been a tale of two cities.

Recent studies have placed Atlanta near the top of list in job creation while at the same time, one of the country’s leaders in income inequality and child poverty.  The negative effects of this kind of disparity is felt first and hardest in our school system.  76 percent of our kids are on free or reduced lunch.

Pre-K, Buzz Brockway

Georgia’s Pre-K Week a time to renew efforts to create brighter future for children

By Guest Columnist EMILY PELTON, executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, which seeks to ensure the well-being of all children in Georgia

Last week, Georgians all over the state united for a great cause. In the midst of our supercharged and occasionally exhausting pre-election environment, hundreds of leaders found one thing to agree on: quality early education is important for Georgia’s kids.

High school athletes

Child well-being required for every student to succeed

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, director for policy and research at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Throughout all of 2015, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission conducted a “top to bottom review of public education.” The goal of this effort is to make education “more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce.”

Column: Innovative downtown high school needs millions to move

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 15, 2016

So close, and yet so far.

The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School has received a $3 million gift from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation to help the innovative school renovate and move into a downtown office building.

But before it can make the move, Cristo Rey, which serves students from lower-income families, will need to raise up to another $3 million for the renovation and up to another $6 million to build a gym that would also be the assembly area for the school.

Dana Rickman Media Forum

New year, new education opportunities…and responsibilities

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, policy and research director for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

On Dec. 10, 2015, President Barak Obama signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).

This law reauthorizes the “Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965,” which has been more recently known as “No Child Left Behind.” This important legislation has provided Georgia an opportunity to set its own direction and determine the best way to support schools and districts.

Kasim Reed, Meria Carstarphen, Courtney English

APS-City of Atlanta agreement on BeltLine to be announced on Friday

It appears that a long-awaited agreement between the Atlanta Board of Education and the City of Atlanta on their multi-year dispute over Atlanta BeltLine payments will be announced Friday morning.

In conversations with several people familiar with the negotiations, the agreement will include a new payment schedule that will extend through 2030 – totaling $73.5 million over the next 15 years.

Gov. Deal announces winners of teaching contest funded by Obama’s education initiative, Race to the Top

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today a round of state teaching awards, months later than planned and after Deal defeated state school Superintendent John Barge in the Republican gubernatorial primary election.

Georgia created the Innovation in Teaching Competition as part of the state’s implementation of President Obama’s Race to the Top initiative, which is to provide $400 million to Georgia through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

This fourth round of awards was slated to be announced in spring 2014, according to a state website. Teachers from metro Atlanta school districts dominate the overall winners list.