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.
The chair of the Atlanta Public School Board is weighing in on new developments in the Grady High School Football investigation. The investigation was prompted by an anonymous complaint alleging address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School.
In a statement Friday, Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis announced some parents lied on enrollment affidavits. Davis said on those affidavits, parents claimed to live in Grady’s attendance zone when they actually lived elsewhere in the city or in another school district.
The Atlanta Public School Sytem is continuing to investigate whether some Grady High School football players have been using false addresses and were recruited to play on the team. Meanwhile, a former Grady athlete tells WABE’s Michelle Wirth he believes there are a number of students using inaccurate addresses.
Diedrick Hines played on Grady’s basketball team between 2005 and 2009. Hines says all four years, he never lived at an address zoned for the school.
The Atlanta Public Schools is investigating a complaint that alleges address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School. During a Monday press conference, APS superintendent Erroll Davis said, "We take all such complaints seriously. We are taking swift and appropriate action to protect the integrity of our athletic and academic programs."
At least 1/3 of the team's approximately 60 players are under investigation. Davis said, "certainly not all of the students use the exact same address, but enough of them did to raise a significant red flag for us."
The Georgia Charter Schools Association recently held a bus tour to visit several charter schools they say are excelling. The tour comes in a year where state officials report that charter schools overall are doing slightly better than traditional ones on most standardized testing.
Start-up charter schools in the Atlanta Public School district won’t be required to help the school system pay off more than $500 million dollars in pension debt. That’s after Monday’s unanimous ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court.
Jury foreman Greg Pollock (right) and fellow juror Ben Emerson speak to reporters outside the Fulton County Courthouse following the acquittal of former Atlanta Public Schools executive director Tamara Cotman on charges of influencing a witness.
On Friday, September 6, 2013, after nearly 3 weeks of testimony, a Fulton County jury found former Atlanta Public Schools executive director Tamara Cotman not guilty on charges of influencing a witness.
Cotman was accused of pressuring school administrators not to cooperate with the GBI investigation into cheating at APS. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with jury foreman Greg Pollock.
The first defendant connected to Atlanta's school cheating scandal has been found not guilty on a single count of influencing a witness. The verdict from the Fulton County Superior Court jury came late Friday morning.
Tamara Cotman was a school administrator who oversaw 21 schools in Atlanta. She and 33 others still face charges of racketeering.
The acquittal comes after a three-week trial as prosecutors are still preparing for the racketeering cases.
Former Atlanta School Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall is at the center of the upcoming racketeering trial of 35 former Atlanta Public Schools educators. But now her attorneys confirm that Dr. Hall suffers from breast cancer. That raises the question of whether she will ever go to trial. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with WABE legal analyst Page Pate, an Atlanta criminal defense attorney, about how the cases of her co-defendants might be affected if Dr. Hall does not go to trial.
Georgia teachers now have access to an electronic records system that tracks students from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade. State education officials say it saves teachers time by putting critical data at their fingertips.
Pam Williams has been teaching in the Appling County schools in South Georgia for 23 years. For many of those years, it took her weeks to dig through paper files to find student information. Now, she says, it takes her minutes.