Christopher Quinn

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Christopher Quinn has worked for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999 in a variety of roles and now heads up the team of education reporters. Contact Chris at cquinn@ajc.com or 404-526-2160 with information about news or with questions.

Latest from Christopher Quinn

School start date becomes a hot topic
 A state senate study committee packed with representatives from the travel and tourism industries finished hearings last week, poking at the question of whether local school systems need the state’s and committee’s wisdom applied to figure out when to start fall classes. The committee came together in an Atlanta Braves office...

Posted: 26 days ago

A state senate study committee packed with representatives from the travel and tourism industries finished hearings last week, poking at the question of whether local school systems need the state’s and committee’s wisdom applied to figure out when to start fall classes. The committee came together in an Atlanta Braves office...
Glitch causes delay in Gwinnett final exams, late release
 Gwinnett County high schools, except for Peachtree Ridge, were affected by a technical glitch during final exams Tuesday morning. Spokesperson Sloan Roach said there were connectivity problems for online tests. The school system got the problem fixed, but the school system wants to make sure students have sufficient times to finish the tests...

Posted: 30 days ago

Gwinnett County high schools, except for Peachtree Ridge, were affected by a technical glitch during final exams Tuesday morning. Spokesperson Sloan Roach said there were connectivity problems for online tests. The school system got the problem fixed, but the school system wants to make sure students have sufficient times to finish the tests...
Kids skip school, join praise of Atlanta’s champs
 There is one possible truthful escape from censure for the students who, with their scofflaw parents, played hooky to attend the Atlanta United victory parade Monday: Religion. State regulations limit excused school absences to serious events such as illness or a death in the family. Those claiming that excuse might have to produce some documentary...

9:51 PM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

There is one possible truthful escape from censure for the students who, with their scofflaw parents, played hooky to attend the Atlanta United victory parade Monday: Religion. State regulations limit excused school absences to serious events such as illness or a death in the family. Those claiming that excuse might have to produce some documentary...
Cobb unofficial school board results: two seats to Democrats
 Republicans remained in control of the Cobb County school board, though Democrats apparently picked up two seats, to bring their number to three out of seven members. Challenger Charisse Davis trailed two-term incumbent Scott Sweeney until the final 5 percent of votes came in. The final counts and unofficial results pushed her ahead by a...

12:55 AM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

Republicans remained in control of the Cobb County school board, though Democrats apparently picked up two seats, to bring their number to three out of seven members. Challenger Charisse Davis trailed two-term incumbent Scott Sweeney until the final 5 percent of votes came in. The final counts and unofficial results pushed her ahead by a...
Straker retains school board seat in Clayton
 Benjamin Straker, Sr., a Democrat, will get a second term on the Clayton County Board of Education, winning easily in District 9. Kimberly E. Cowan-Keane, a Republican is a school teachers in the system and ran on her knowledge and experience.  With about 100 percent of the vote counted, but not certified, Straker had an insurmountable...

4:20 AM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

Benjamin Straker, Sr., a Democrat, will get a second term on the Clayton County Board of Education, winning easily in District 9. Kimberly E. Cowan-Keane, a Republican is a school teachers in the system and ran on her knowledge and experience.  With about 100 percent of the vote counted, but not certified, Straker had an insurmountable...
Ex-education chief Duncan learned school could be a lifeline
 Arne Duncan learned his best lessons about education not at Harvard, but on the streets of Chicago and sitting around his mother’s dining table. If Duncan’s name rings a bell, he was President Barack Obama’s very active U.S. Secretary of Education. Remember the furor over Common Core, lots of test-based measurements of student...

5:19 PM Wednesday, Sep. 05, 2018

Arne Duncan learned his best lessons about education not at Harvard, but on the streets of Chicago and sitting around his mother’s dining table. If Duncan’s name rings a bell, he was President Barack Obama’s very active U.S. Secretary of Education. Remember the furor over Common Core, lots of test-based measurements of student...
Costs of starting and not finishing college are high
 It pays, literally, to finish what you start when it comes to education. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, who have 1,800 economists, policy experts and others at their disposal to study, monitor and describe U.S. economic health, say that a post-high-school degree — any degree from an associate to a Ph.D. &mdash...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018

It pays, literally, to finish what you start when it comes to education. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, who have 1,800 economists, policy experts and others at their disposal to study, monitor and describe U.S. economic health, say that a post-high-school degree — any degree from an associate to a Ph.D. &mdash...
Job fair: DeKalb schools looking for staff
 The DeKalb County School District is holding a job fair for certified teachers Tuesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The event at Cedar Grove High School, 2360 River Road in Ellenwood, will provide attendees with information about working in the Cedar Grove, Columbia, McNair and Towers high school clusters, which make up more than...

2:22 PM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

The DeKalb County School District is holding a job fair for certified teachers Tuesday, June 5, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The event at Cedar Grove High School, 2360 River Road in Ellenwood, will provide attendees with information about working in the Cedar Grove, Columbia, McNair and Towers high school clusters, which make up more than...
Hopeful students’ purgatory: the dreaded college wait list
 Students headed to college this coming fall have plunked down several hundred dollars — or at least their parent have — to hold a spot in a college that has accepted them for the fall semester. Some of that money is going to be forfeited. That’s because many students apply to multiple colleges and get accepted by one or...

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

Students headed to college this coming fall have plunked down several hundred dollars — or at least their parent have — to hold a spot in a college that has accepted them for the fall semester. Some of that money is going to be forfeited. That’s because many students apply to multiple colleges and get accepted by one or...
Not all agree with anti-gun sentiment of school walkouts
 Beck Glover from Coweta County did not plan to walk out of class Wednesday to memorialize 17 killed in February mass shooting at a Florida high school. It’s not that he isn’t horrified by what happened. The issue is that the protest movement for many metro Atlanta teenagers has a decided bent toward demanding new gun control laws...

4:28 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Beck Glover from Coweta County did not plan to walk out of class Wednesday to memorialize 17 killed in February mass shooting at a Florida high school. It’s not that he isn’t horrified by what happened. The issue is that the protest movement for many metro Atlanta teenagers has a decided bent toward demanding new gun control laws...
Many Georgians not on board with gun control in student walkouts
 Beck Glover from Coweta County did not plan to walk out of class Wednesday to memorialize 17 killed in February mass shooting at a Florida high school. It’s not that he isn’t horrified by what happened. The issue is that the protest movement for many metro Atlanta teenagers has a decided bent toward demanding new gun control laws...

1:47 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

Beck Glover from Coweta County did not plan to walk out of class Wednesday to memorialize 17 killed in February mass shooting at a Florida high school. It’s not that he isn’t horrified by what happened. The issue is that the protest movement for many metro Atlanta teenagers has a decided bent toward demanding new gun control laws...