Arlinda Smith Broady

Education reporter

Arlinda Smith Broady is an award-winning reporter who covers Gwinnett County schools and special needs education issues.

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Gwinnett Public Schools Parent Mentors host criminal justice seminar for parents of students with disabilities
 The Gwinnett County Public Schools Parent Mentors will host a seminar for parents of students with disabilities, ages 12-22, titled, Criminal Justice: How it Impacts Students with Disabilities. The event is set for 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 17 at OneStop Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. According...

Posted: 7 hours ago

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Parent Mentors will host a seminar for parents of students with disabilities, ages 12-22, titled, Criminal Justice: How it Impacts Students with Disabilities. The event is set for 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 17 at OneStop Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville. According...
Gwinnett County Public Schools opens registration for charters, special programs
 Gwinnett County Public Schools charter schools and a number of other special school programs have scheduled information sessions and registration dates for students interested in attending one of the schools in the 2019–20 school year:  Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology: GSMST registration for next school...

Posted: a day ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools charter schools and a number of other special school programs have scheduled information sessions and registration dates for students interested in attending one of the schools in the 2019–20 school year:  Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology: GSMST registration for next school...
Deaf referee sues Georgia high school athletic association
 A deaf basketball referee is suing the state’s high school athletics association alleging that it discriminated against him on the basis of his disability. Donald Jacobs, a former basketball player for Georgia School for the Deaf, transitioned his love of the game into refereeing. Jacobs, a DeKalb school custodian, been officiating...

Posted: 7 days ago

A deaf basketball referee is suing the state’s high school athletics association alleging that it discriminated against him on the basis of his disability. Donald Jacobs, a former basketball player for Georgia School for the Deaf, transitioned his love of the game into refereeing. Jacobs, a DeKalb school custodian, been officiating...
Gwinnett schools look to reduce food waste
 Anyone who’s visited a school cafeteria has probably noticed that almost as much food goes into the trash as into the children’s stomachs. Gwinnett County schools hopes to change that, by finding out just how much food is wasted and getting kids to eat more of it, turning scraps into compost or getting the food to families who...

Posted: 9 days ago

Anyone who’s visited a school cafeteria has probably noticed that almost as much food goes into the trash as into the children’s stomachs. Gwinnett County schools hopes to change that, by finding out just how much food is wasted and getting kids to eat more of it, turning scraps into compost or getting the food to families who...
Proposal for dyslexia legislation may face uphill battle
 If outgoing State Sen. Fran Millar has his way, Georgia will no longer be among the eight states that have no education policies addressing dyslexia, the learning disability. Even if Millar, a Dunwoody Republican, can find a sponsor for the legislation he’d like in the upcoming legislative session, some political watchers say it faces...

Posted: 14 days ago

If outgoing State Sen. Fran Millar has his way, Georgia will no longer be among the eight states that have no education policies addressing dyslexia, the learning disability. Even if Millar, a Dunwoody Republican, can find a sponsor for the legislation he’d like in the upcoming legislative session, some political watchers say it faces...
Gwinnett County names newest high schools for retiring board members
 Gwinnett County Public Schools is putting the names of two long-serving school board members on two new high schools to honor them. The themed high school opening in the Meadowcreek Cluster in August 2019 will be called McClure Health Science High School in honor of Dr. Robert McClure. A dermatologist practicing in Lilburn since 1980, McClure...

Posted: 22 days ago

Gwinnett County Public Schools is putting the names of two long-serving school board members on two new high schools to honor them. The themed high school opening in the Meadowcreek Cluster in August 2019 will be called McClure Health Science High School in honor of Dr. Robert McClure. A dermatologist practicing in Lilburn since 1980, McClure...
Outgoing, incoming Gwinnett school board members honored
 The Gwinnett County Board of Education bid farewell to two long-term members before swearing in their replacements Thursday. Both Dan Seckinger, District 2, and Robert McClure, District 4, served for 24 years. They were elected in the same year and decided at nearly the same moment it was time to pass the baton. “I’d been thinking...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Gwinnett County Board of Education bid farewell to two long-term members before swearing in their replacements Thursday. Both Dan Seckinger, District 2, and Robert McClure, District 4, served for 24 years. They were elected in the same year and decided at nearly the same moment it was time to pass the baton. “I’d been thinking...
First season of girl’s flag football takes it to the house
 As metro Atlanta counts down to the Super Bowl in February, a different significant gridiron match took place Thursday in the same venue. The inaugural girls flag football season for Gwinnett County schools wrapped up at Mercedes Benz Stadium with four teams vying for bragging rights to say they won the first championship. Undefeated North...

Posted: 25 days ago

As metro Atlanta counts down to the Super Bowl in February, a different significant gridiron match took place Thursday in the same venue. The inaugural girls flag football season for Gwinnett County schools wrapped up at Mercedes Benz Stadium with four teams vying for bragging rights to say they won the first championship. Undefeated North...
Federal school safety panel says arming teachers a local choice
 President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday released its report, saying the question of arming school teachers and other employees should be left to states and schools to decide. It also called for a rollback of an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left...

Posted: 27 days ago

President Donald Trump’s school safety commission on Tuesday released its report, saying the question of arming school teachers and other employees should be left to states and schools to decide. It also called for a rollback of an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left...
Henry County student appeals expulsion for sexual misconduct
 During the six-mile bus ride to Austin Road Middle School on Aug. 28, three Henry County students learned that adult situations can have dire consequences when you’re not mature enough to handle them. A 12-year-old girl who was taunted and teased by two boys her age about her developing body made a poor choice and was expelled from...

Posted: 28 days ago

During the six-mile bus ride to Austin Road Middle School on Aug. 28, three Henry County students learned that adult situations can have dire consequences when you’re not mature enough to handle them. A 12-year-old girl who was taunted and teased by two boys her age about her developing body made a poor choice and was expelled from...
DeKalb threats show school security more than a local issue
 An email at 10:55 a.m. Thursday from Vanderlyn Elementary School had Renee Harris wondering if she should get her daughters from school. For the second time in less than a month, the school was on lockdown from a bomb threat. “Part of me doesn’t want to do that because it could create more fear,” she told The AJC in a phone...

12:25 AM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

An email at 10:55 a.m. Thursday from Vanderlyn Elementary School had Renee Harris wondering if she should get her daughters from school. For the second time in less than a month, the school was on lockdown from a bomb threat. “Part of me doesn’t want to do that because it could create more fear,” she told The AJC in a phone...