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.
On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Atlanta Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Meria Carstarphen as the next Atlanta School Superintendent. Carstarphen comes from Austin, TX, where she headed the Austin Independent School District since 2009. After the APS board vote was announced, Carstarphen gave a short acceptance speech.
Attorneys for former Atlanta Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall have asked a Fulton County Superior Court Judge to move the Atlanta schools test cheating trial.
Jury selection has always been scheduled for April 28th. But today, Hall’s attorneys asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Judge Jerry Baxter to delay the trial until after the conclusion of Hall’s current medical regimen.
In an affidavit, an oncologist for Dr. Hall said the former Superintendent has stage 4 breast cancer. The oncologist also said that cancer is not curable but treatable.
On March 27, 2014, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was named the sole finalist for the job of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent.
For the past five years, Carstarphen has headed the Austin Independent School District in Texas. To find out how she did there, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Kate McGee, an education reporter who covered Carstarphen for NPR station KUT in Austin.
Late this afternoon, the Atlanta Board of Education introduced the lone finalist for the position of Atlanta Public School superintendent at a press conference at Hope Hill Elementary School.
She is Dr. Meria Joel Carstaphen and is currently the superintendent of the Austin (Texas) Independent School District. Dr. Carstaphen (pronounced car-STAR-fin) is a native of Selma, Alabama, who joined the Austin school system in 2009 as both its first African-American superintendent and its first female superintendent.
Parents of 14 students lied so their kids could attend Grady high school in Atlanta. That’s according to an Atlanta public school report released Wednesday. The report highlights a bigger problem for school systems.
With the snow and ice storm behind the state, how will school systems make up for more than a week’s worth of snow days?
The Georgia Board of Education Thursday gave school systems some flexibility in addressing that issue by unanimously approving a resolution to increase the number of emergency days a district can take without special board approval.
Districts now have the option to not make up as many as nine school days that may have been canceled due to the recent ice and snow storms that effectively shuttered the state.
On Monday, Millicent Few, the former human resources director of the Atlanta Public Schools, agreed to a plea deal with the Fulton County District attorney’s office.
"I just want to sincerely apologize to the citizens of Atlanta and specifically the students and their parents for my role in this matter. It’s taken a toll on my family, my support network and myself. I just want to apologize to them and I look forward to hopefully moving on with my life.”
Few has agreed to testify on behalf of the state in its case against former APS superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.