Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood has never been shy of controversial topics. Now, she is taking on disagreements regarding the historic Adair Park community in southwest Atlanta.
Community members want a developer to purchase the George Adair School, that has been an empty eyesore in Adair Park for years. But Mayor Kasim Reed has refused to release the property deed to Atlanta Public Schools because of an ongoing dispute over BeltLine tax payments.
Today on "A Closer Look," Mary Norwood shared her view of the dispute.
A petition for a Druid Hills charter schools cluster may get a second chance for approval in DeKalb County.
The charter cluster petition would have given Druid Hills High School and its feeder schools more autonomy, loosening the grip of the school district. But the DeKalb school board narrowly rejected the proposal just over a year ago.
Recently, some petitioners considered annexing to Atlanta, which would make the schools a part of APS.
Dr. Meria Carstarphen blogs, she tweets and she constantly promotes positive news about the Atlanta Public Schools system. She was hired as its superintendent last summer with a unanimous vote by the Atlanta Public Schools board.
When she arrived in Atlanta, APS Board Chairman Courtney English was quoted as saying, "This city could use some unity. She's the right leader at the right time."
Last week Mayor Kasim Reed delivered a State of the City report that touted “the largest influx of jobs into Atlanta in more than 40 years.” He’s overseen the maiden voyage of the Atlanta Streetcar, managed the sale of Underground Atlanta, and secured the arrival of Google Fiber.
Last July, my son David bought a house in the transitional neighborhood of Adair Park. The beautiful community in southwest Atlanta is an enclave in the midst of some of the city's most depressed neighborhoods.
My son believed in the renaissance that was coming. Construction of the southwest leg of the Atlanta BeltLine was about to start — only two blocks away from his 1925 home. Yet three doors down from his house was the boarded up George Adair Elementary School — vacant since 1973 and a victim of demolition by neglect.
Former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, right, waits for motions at a Fulton County Superior Court hearing for several dozen Atlanta Public Schools educators facing charges alleging a conspiracy of cheating on the CRCT standardized tests in Atlanta on May 3, 2013.
The former Atlanta Public Schools human resources chief says the district's former superintendent ordered drafts of a report on the investigation into standardized test cheating allegations to be destroyed.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday that Millicent Few said she was told it was legal to destroy the drafts because they weren't final.
The metro-Atlanta area can expect a big population growth in the next 15 years, according to a new report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute.
The study lays out 27 scenarios for population growth based on historical data for births, deaths and migration. Even under the most conservative projections, the study shows the metro population could grow by more than a million by 2030.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Tuesday blasted City Council President Ceasar Mitchell for interfering in negotiations with Atlanta Public Schools. Reed and APS are currently working to resolve a contract dispute over millions in debt related to paying for the Atlanta BeltLine.
Some background: In 2005, APS agreed to give some of its property tax dollars toward the development of the BeltLine. In return, the city said it would make yearly payments to APS. But once the recession hit, the city said it couldn't pay.
Atlanta Superintendent Meria Carstarphen held a roundtable discussion with reporters today. The APS chief explained how the district plans to address some long-running problems.
You could call it a “back to basics” approach. Carstarphen said before APS can make academic progress, it has to tackle some systemic issues.
“Simple things that get very simple in our world: master scheduling and scheduling for students, bus routes, things that most districts kind of do like clockwork, but for APS it has been a struggle over the years,” she said.
As Atlantans follow the ongoing trial of Atlanta Public School teachers and administrators charged with cheating, students in the APS district are taking a special interest in the proceedings. Youth Radio Atlanta’s Jenn Steckl sent us her thoughts on how the cheating and its aftermath hurt every student in the system.
Jenn Steckl is a senior at Grady High School. Her commentary was produced by Youth Radio.
Rose Scott is covering the trial of the 12 former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of a conspiracy to raise school scores by changing the answers on student tests. The trial enters its second day of testimony today.
Here are Rose's tweets from the morning of Tuesday, September 30. They are arranged in chronological order.
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School Monday. Mrs. Obama told students to plan on going to college. But some students have already jump-started the process.
The First Lady didn’t hold back. She told students earning a high school diploma isn’t enough if they want to compete in a global workforce.
Atlanta’s business community has been gradually re-engaging with Atlanta Public Schools, raising big sums for APS board candidates and the new superintendent. It follows several years of lying relatively low, and comes as APS leaders increase efforts to rebuild trust with parents.
Richard Quartarone says during former Superintendent Beverly Hall’s tenure parents lacked access compared to business leaders. Quartarone has two kids in APS and leads a parent group in southeast Atlanta called Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools.
Due to a 2008 state law, all Georgia school systems will have to decide by the end of next June whether to continue as a traditional school district or choose two other options. State officials say the law was passed in an attempt to spur innovation and the other choices would allow school systems more flexibility from state education rules. School systems from across the state recently attended a Georgia Charter Schools Association symposium focused on the three choices and collaboration between charter and traditional schools.
Negotiations remain tense between the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools over millions of dollars in debt related to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Under an existing contract that lays out the BeltLine’s funding, APS claims the city owes it as much as $19 million, including a $6.75 million payment due last January.
“There is a degree of frustration having talked about this for multiple years and watching the payments not be made,” said former APS Superintendent Erroll Davis, who was retained to help the school system resolve the dispute.
Atlanta school officials earlier today locked down Frederick Douglas High School in west Atlanta after receiving a tip there was a handgun on campus. The lockdown was lifted after the gun was recovered. All students are safe. Two students suspected to be connected to the handgun are being detained. No arrests have been made yet.
APS superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen stands with Georgia Tech president Dr. Bud Peterson at Booker T. Washington High School Thursday. The pair just announced a program that will give top APS students full scholarships to Ga Tech.
Some metro Atlanta students will head back to school this week. Cobb and Gwinnett Counties and the Atlanta Public Schools all resume classes. Teachers, though, have already been working, planning for their students’ arrival. Some of those teachers are new on the job.
WABE’s Martha Dalton spoke with veteran teachers at Maynard Jackson High School in APS to see what advice they have for first-year teachers. Here’s what they had to say.
WABE’s broadcast license is held by the Atlanta Board of Education.
A joint meeting Tuesday between the Atlanta City Council and board members of Atlanta Public Schools ended with both sides acknowledging the need to solve a contract dispute over Atlanta BeltLine debt.
The solution, however, remains unclear.
APS says it’s due millions for giving up a portion of its property tax money for the BeltLine, but the city disputes the school system's figures.
Some Atlanta Public Schools bus drivers say they’re still waiting for paychecks from APS that are either short or late.
About a dozen drivers opted Monday to take their complaints to the school system’s downtown headquarters, but when they showed up to request a meeting with officials from payroll, security denied them entry.
The drivers were told a human resources representative was headed to the lobby to speak with them, but after waiting for a half hour, they grew frustrated, breaking into cheers of “fed up and we’ve had enough.”
The Atlanta Public School Board could soon vote on whether to develop a compact between traditional and charter schools in the district. The recommendation comes from a charter school task force for the board, which met Wednesday.
Task force members say the compact will allow the district to help bridge the divide between charter and traditional schools. School Board member Byron Amos chairs the task force.