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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.
Gold Dome

Gold Dome Preview: Eleven issues to watch during the 2016 legislative session

Many more details will be revealed in the next few weeks. But here are some of the key questions the lawmakers on their way to Atlanta face coming into the 2016 legislative session.
Whitby

Purses with purpose: Whitby helps fund education for underprivileged girls

You’d be hard-pressed to describe most luxury handbags as having a “social mission,” unless you count impressing the wearer’s friends at a cocktail party. Not so for Atlanta-based Whitby Handbags’ line of Saffiano leather arm candy, which helps fund education for underprivileged girls around the globe.
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.
Mark Becker

12. Mark Becker

Since Becker took over as president of Georgia State University in 2009, the graduation rate has risen by 10 percent and the school has set records for enrollment and total number of graduates.
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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