The most recent story is an eye-opening historical perspective on Medlock Elementary School, where as it turns out, Decatur School Board member and former PR and Communications officer for DeKalb Schools Julie Rhame was a student. (Julie was a big loss to DeKalb in the recent round of budget cuts.)
I urge you to read this enlightening perspective highlighting the racial desegregation and its associated pain for young African-American students.
A Story About Medlock Elementary
Medlock Elementary School opened in 1955 and remained all-white for its first 14 years. Two alumni share their memories of integration.
Below are links to a few more of Claudia's columns. Watch for her reports. She brings a very balanced, informed and well-researched perspective to the table.
The World Comes to DeKalb Schools
DeKalb County is the nation’s fourth largest receiver of distressed, foreign refugees. The DeKalb County School System educates 85 percent of those who come to Georgia each year.
International Families Flourish in DeKalb Classrooms
Refugee and immigrant families in DeKalb County receive support from a variety of philanthropic and educational organizations. The public schools provide essential services for children and parents as they experience resettlement.
Heated School Issues Resonate Across a Century
DeKalb parents might be fired up about potential school closures and redistricting, but educational challenges like these are age-old issues.
Getting Involved and Improving Your Child's Education
As DeKalb County residents react to possible school closures and reassignments, PTA leaders are in the forefront. They face other, long-term challenges.
Desperately Seeking Superintendents
As local school systems search for new superintendents, will candidates come from within Georgia, from the field of education or elsewhere and with many or few credentials?
The Business of Education
Business leaders, foundation officials and legislators search for superintendents who are great managers, not educators. A century ago, superintendents were educators with brilliant administrative skills.