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APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen: “It’s sobering how your decision can change the direction of people’s lives.”

For our 21st Century Plague project, we spoke with 17 Georgians about the toll of COVID-19.
Atlanta coronavirus COVID-19 updates

Atlanta’s latest coronavirus updates: Tuesday, March 24

On Monday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms called for Atlantans to stay at home unless absolutely necessary to leave, while Governor Brian Kemp called for only called for high-risk persons to shelter in place. Here’s your Tuesday morning update:
Pittsburgh Journalism Project

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.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

“There’s still an enormous amount of racial distrust in Atlanta.”

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.
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School

How Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School is trying to keep its student body diverse

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.
APS-Beltline

What happens now that the Atlanta BeltLine dispute is over?

“Without this resolution, the future of the BeltLine just had a cloud of uncertainty hanging over it in every respect."
Meria Carstarphen

26. Meria Carstarphen

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.
Kasim Reed

Q&A: Mayor Kasim Reed on second-term goals, fatherhood, and the future of Turner Field

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.
Cheating scandal

What has Atlanta Public Schools learned from the cheating scandal?

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?

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