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Michelle Obama visits Atlanta’s historic Booker T. Washington High School

“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.”


For nine years, Odyssey has been reinventing summer school. Through the program, students from Atlanta Public Schools spend the summer on the campus of Westminster Schools, and participate in programs like forensics and video production.

Q&A with Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen

As students return to the classroom this month, newly appointed Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen faces the daunting challenge of restoring public faith in APS.

Incoming APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen makes her first public appearance

As incoming Atlanta Public School superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen made her first public appearance in Atlanta on Tuesday, top corporate and city leaders gathered Downtown with all the ease of a newly divorced bachelor on a blind date. It’s no secret that the local business community got burned embracing Carstaphen’s predecessor, the embattled Dr. Beverly Hall. So you can understand a note of caution. Fool me once…

Five decades of civil rights coverage

Today marks a monumental anniversary: fifty years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Atlanta native son Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "dream" speech. Amid all the discussion of how far we've come and how far we need to go, it's worth reflecting on how King's legacy is reflected in his hometown.

School board races begin heating up

Since municipal elections are typically non-partisan and thus don’t require party primaries, it can take a few months into an election year (like this one) for things to begin to heat up. But Atlantans are already seeing some jockeying for position—and it’s not coming from where one might expect.

APS cheating scandal, the unanswered questions

Now that former Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Beverly Hall and 34 co-defendants have all been booked and bonded out on charges of taking part in a massive cheating conspiracy, what happens next?

The Big Break

The teachers began to notice him at the beginning of the 2010 school year, the stranger in a red pickup truck and lizard-skin boots.

The integration of Atlanta Public Schools

On the morning of August 30, 1961, nine African American students headed for the first day of classes at four all-white Atlanta high schools. They were shadowed by hundreds of reporters, dozens of police officers, and crowds of parents, politicians, and onlookers.

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