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‘Young, gifted and Black’ is not enough for Atlanta’s next generation

By Guest Columnist PHIL OLALEYE, executive director of Next Generation Men & Women (Next Gen)

“Sit your behind down and let’s complete this application!” It was approaching midnight and Ms. Brenda was not going to allow her son’s close friend let this deadline pass. She recognized his talent and potential. And as a single-mother, she knew all he needed was some direction and support. “I won’t get in, and even if I do, I can’t afford it,” he muttered softly as he submitted his college application with a few minutes to spare.

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Virtual schooling: Strategies to help your child excel at self-directed learning

By Guest Columnists TYLER S. THIGPEN and CALEB COLLIER, academic leaders at The Forest School and Institute for Self-directed Learning

A parent at our school has three kids at home. Last school year, two of them were learners at our school, The Forest School, a self-directed learning environment in Pinewood Forest, in Fayetteville. The third attended a nearby traditional middle school.

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Racial differences in Atlanta’s median household income widespread, deeply rooted

By Guest Columnist DAVID L. SJOQUIST, professor of economics at Georgia State University

The death of George Floyd and others at the hands of the police led to widespread demonstrations demanding police reform. But, more generally, there is a loud, pervasive, and persistent call for true equal rights and equal treatment of people of color. The scope of the treatment is multi-dimensional. But if we are to create a more just society we need to address economic inequality across races. This is an enormous challenge, and to see how large it is, consider the city of Atlanta.

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An Open Letter to Dr. Lisa Herring, incoming superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools

These days are emotional for parents like me. My daughter is a high school senior and like many students across the country, she won’t get to experience her last day of school with her classmates and teachers. … Neither my mother nor I ever got the chance to graduate, so my daughter will be the first in our family. But we won’t be able to see her walk across that stage, and that’s something I have dreamed about since she was born.

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Rural teens flocking to cash-strapped education program; GBPI reviews dual enrollment

Students from rural Georgia are among the fastest-growing cohort of high school students enrolling in a budget-challenged program that pays for high school students to attend college class, according to a new report from the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute. Meantime, the governor’s floor leaders are heading an effort for the Legislature to contain the program’s escalating costs.

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A bolder path forward: Reflections on accelerating Milestones progress

By Guest Columnist ED CHANG, founding executive director of redefinED atlanta

Editor’s note: A full statement from the author on the decision by the Atlanta Board of Education to not renew the contract of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen was added to the bottom of the column shortly after the decision was announced.

Like so many of you, the back to school season is one of reflection for me. As a former teacher and principal, it has been a time to hold a mirror to myself to applaud past successes while also acknowledging failure and contemplating growth opportunities and future action.

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Learn4Life report shows slight educational uptick in metro Atlanta

Learn4Life, a novel nonprofit that is focused on improving education outcomes in the five-county metro Atlanta region, released its third annual report Monday morning – one that shows slight progress in several indicators.

The “State of Education in Metro Atlanta” is measuring early grade literacy, 8thgrade math proficiency and high school graduation as the key indicators of the region’s overall performance towards its cradle-to-career vision.