New school board members sworn in

From left, DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson leads the swearing in ceremony of five of the six new DeKalb school board members: Thaddeus Mayfield, Michael Erwin, David Campbell, Karen Carter and John Coleman. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

  In a symbolic sign of unity, five new members of the DeKalb County Board of Education placed their hands on a Bible and simultaneously took their oaths of office. The special ceremony occurred March 13 at the school district office just two hours after Gov. Nathan Deal announced the six new board members: John […]

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Boston University students volunteer with FODAC during spring break

Boston University students

Instead of lounging on a beach in Florida, students from Boston University traveled to Stone Mountain to volunteer at Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) March 11-16. The group of 10 students is part of Boston University’s Alternative Spring Breaks, a 25-year-old program that encourages and supports students who donate their spring break time […]

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Governor releases names of DeKalb school board applicants interviewed


Gov. Nathan Deal released the names of the 63 applicants for the DeKalb school board who interviewed with the governor’s nominating panel. “I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary group of people in DeKalb County who stepped forward to try to help their community,” said Deal in a March 12 media statement. “I greatly appreciate the […]

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Bill would allow conversion of failing schools into charter schools


Rep. Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta) proposed a bill recently that would allow parents to petition to convert existing schools into charter schools or imposed models to help failing schools. House Bill 123 calls for the implementation of the Parent and Teacher Empowerment Act, which allows parents or teachers to petition a local school board to convert […]

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School board applicants get homework


Applicants for the DeKalb County school board were given some homework late March 7 by the governor’s school board nominating panel. An email, titled “Action Required for Next Steps,” was sent to school board applicants at approximately 7 p.m. The 403 applicants for the six vacant positions have until 5 p.m. March 8 to complete […]

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Chickens, bees, goats part of school’s curriculum

Avery cares for chicken at Academe of the Oaks, a private school in Decatur. Photo by Kerry King

by Kerry King Every day, Avery takes time to feed, play with and take care of several chickens that often rush around the door of their coop when she approaches. Since Avery’s arrival at Academe of the Oaks High School, she has taken it upon herself to watch over the school’s hens, a responsibility she […]

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Georgia Piedmont Tech president inaugurated


There was much pomp and circumstance as a Dr. Jabari Simama officially took the helm of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Feb. 27. In introducing his “good friend,” DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said, “It’s a beautiful day to celebrate the dawning of a new era at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. “The vision, passion and leadership […]

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Latino students visit Frida and Diego exhibit at High Museum

Approximately 90 student from the Latin American Association’s after-school program at Sequoyah Middle School attended the exhibit at the High featuring the work of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

A group of 85 Sequoyah Middle School students enrolled in the Latin American Association’s (LAA) after-school program visited the High Museum’s bilingual Frida and Diego exhibit March 1. Isabel Perez, the managing director of academic achievement for LAA, said it is important students are exposed to work such as that of Mexican artists Frida Kahlo […]

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