DeKalb County graduations return to Georgia World Congress Center

Last year, DeKalb County School District was criticized for holding graduations outside of DeKalb county. Photo by R. Scott Belzer

  All 23 high schools in DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will have three hours each to conduct their 2017-2018 commencement ceremonies at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), according to a recent release. On Oct. 30, DCSD released its 2017-2018 commencement schedule, which will take place May 21 through May 26. Schools will have […]

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Henderson Middle chorus teacher gets Grammy nod

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When Henderson Middle School teacher Dale Duncan began teaching more than 20 years ago, he thought he had made a mistake. “When I first started teaching, I thought I was in the wrong place,” Duncan said. “I didn’t want to stay. I got to the point where I could quit, stay and be miserable or […]

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Bethune Middle principal removed following alleged groping

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Myron Broome placed on administrative leave during investigation Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School principal Myron Broome has been placed on paid administrative leave following reports of “serious employee misconduct,” according to DeKalb County School District (DCSD) officials. The Champion received an anonymous tip that Broome allegedly groped a fellow DCSD employee during the Statewide Instructional […]

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Spreading smiles to the community

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DeKalb Early College Academy senior to represent Boys & Girls Club family For DeKalb Early College Academy (DECA) senior Jequilla Boyce, each personal interaction is a chance to understand, support and inspire positivity. “When I can help someone smile, it’s great because I’ve made someone’s day better,” Boyce said. “A smile is contagious. You can’t […]

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Miss USA 2016 speaks at McNair High School

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For Miss USA 2016, motivational speaker and United States Army Reserve Captain Deshauna Barber, the secret to success is consistent self-love, being “on the grind” early and addressing skeletons in the closet. Barber spoke to McNair High School female students on Oct. 19 as part of an empowerment discussion. Students were encouraged to discuss topics […]

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DeKalb schools to continue 20-minute extension

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Additional 20 minutes to last until Nov. 30, fourth makeup day waived   DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced its intention to continue adding 20 minutes to each school day on Oct. 20 to make up days lost to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Irma. According to a recent release, the extension will last until […]

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A $50 million investment

Oglethorpe alumnus Q. William Hammack, Jr, speaks to the community on Sept. 27, 2017. Photo by Henry Bradley

  Oglethorpe University will offer a new, business-oriented curriculum by Fall 2019 thanks to a donation from a generous alumnus. Oglethorpe University—located at 4484 Peachtree Road NE in Brookhaven—announced the receipt of a $50 million gift on Sept. 29, marking the largest gift in school history. School officials state alumnus Q. William “Bill” Hammack Jr., […]

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Transgender conversations begin at Decatur schools

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City Schools of Decatur hosts first discussion on equal education policy  More than 40 parents, teachers, students and community stakeholders spoke for more than four hours at an Oct. 10 City Schools of Decatur (CSD) board of education meeting regarding transgender students.  Under its current equal education policy—also known as Policy JAA—CSD instructs teachers to […]

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