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Effects of the APS cheating scandal still ripple through Pittsburgh. This journalism project empowered residents to tell their own story.
The goal of the Pittsburgh Journalism Project was to cultivate journalists in communities that are traditionally underrepresented—or negatively represented—by mainstream news outlets. Their story about the aftermath of the APS cheating scandal made the front page of the AJC.
Just few weeks into her term, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks out about the election, her efforts to raise $1 billion for affordable housing, whether she’ll endorse in the governor’s race, and the sexism she encounters as a woman who, besides being a mother of four, is the mayor of Georgia’s largest city.
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Atlanta Public Schools (APS) continues a journey of transformation that creates choice-filled lives for each and every child in Atlanta.
ANCS’s diversity that was such a point of pride had become a victim of gentrification. In 2014, the school instituted a plan to boost the enrollment of students living on low incomes. “Diverse by design,” as the effort is called, has gained traction among charter schools across the nation, as the effort is called, has gained traction among charter schools across the nation, as more and more seek to assemble a student body of different socioeconomic statuses and racial backgrounds.
“Without this resolution, the future of the BeltLine just had a cloud of uncertainty hanging over it in every respect."
When she arrived from Austin last year, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen inherited a system reeling from a scandal of historic proportions. With the cheating trial finally over, she’s begun the slow process of raising graduation rates from 58.6 percent (now 59.1 percent) in a 50,000- student school system rife with economic inequality.
After he was photographed for our October cover, Mayor Kasim Reed chatted with Atlanta magazine editor-in-chief Steve Fennessy for a discussion about his second-term goals, the future of Turner Field, how fatherhood changed him from a “selfish” man, and what’s next.
A decade ago, stellar turnarounds earned APS national praise. But now—in the wake of a cheating scandal that resulted in a trial, convictions, and TV footage of former educators handcuffed and headed for jail—gains at APS seem to come with an asterisk: Are they too good to be true?
“I didn’t grow up in a nice neighborhood, but I made it,” First Lady Michelle Obama told students at the historic Atlanta school. “If I can do it, you can do it.”
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