Marlon A. Walker

Education reporter

Marlon Walker writes about DeKalb County schools, the DeKalb County Board of Education and K-12 news in metro Atlanta.

Latest from Marlon A. Walker

When teachers walk away, school districts don’t have to tell
 Each time Carl Hudson Jr. walked away from a metro Atlanta teaching job since 2016, the three districts that employed him took different routes to addressing the matter. None took any step that would let future prospective employers know about it. Technically, it is not required. School administrators did not take an action that could have...

Posted: 9 hours ago

Each time Carl Hudson Jr. walked away from a metro Atlanta teaching job since 2016, the three districts that employed him took different routes to addressing the matter. None took any step that would let future prospective employers know about it. Technically, it is not required. School administrators did not take an action that could have...
DeKalb Schools fair will showcase tech savvy students
 DeKalb County School District students are expected to show off their tech savvy at the district’s 2019 technology fair. The fair is scheduled for Jan. 26 at Elizabeth Andrews High School, inside district headquarters at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd in Stone Mountain. The 2019 theme is “Digital Dreamers Shine.” The...

Posted: a day ago

DeKalb County School District students are expected to show off their tech savvy at the district’s 2019 technology fair. The fair is scheduled for Jan. 26 at Elizabeth Andrews High School, inside district headquarters at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd in Stone Mountain. The 2019 theme is “Digital Dreamers Shine.” The...
DeKalb teacher suspended, charged with slamming, punching student
 A DeKalb County School District teacher is on paid administrative leave after authorities say he assaulted a middle-school student, punching him in the face and slamming him onto a cafeteria table during lunch Friday. Kendrick Monroe, 45, of Lithonia, was arrested Monday and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. The incident occurred...

Posted: 2 days ago

A DeKalb County School District teacher is on paid administrative leave after authorities say he assaulted a middle-school student, punching him in the face and slamming him onto a cafeteria table during lunch Friday. Kendrick Monroe, 45, of Lithonia, was arrested Monday and charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. The incident occurred...
DeKalb Schools Superintendent holding public meeting in Lithonia
 DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green is holding the next edition of “On the Scene with Dr. Green” in Lithonia. The meeting will be Jan. 24 at the Edward L. Bouie Sr. Traditional Theme School, 5100 Rock Springs Road. It begins at 7 p.m. and is expected to last an hour. In previous meetings, Green and other...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green is holding the next edition of “On the Scene with Dr. Green” in Lithonia. The meeting will be Jan. 24 at the Edward L. Bouie Sr. Traditional Theme School, 5100 Rock Springs Road. It begins at 7 p.m. and is expected to last an hour. In previous meetings, Green and other...
DeKalb board withholds report on school purchasing; members clash
 The DeKalb County School District is refusing to release an internal report that apparently is critical of its purchasing practices. The document was discussed during Monday’s DeKalb County Board of Education meeting, producing a heated debate between board member Stan Jester and board Chairman Michael Erwin. Jester referenced the document...

Posted: 7 days ago

The DeKalb County School District is refusing to release an internal report that apparently is critical of its purchasing practices. The document was discussed during Monday’s DeKalb County Board of Education meeting, producing a heated debate between board member Stan Jester and board Chairman Michael Erwin. Jester referenced the document...
Did DeKalb Schools fire teacher who lied on resume and walked off job?
 In December, DeKalb County School District officials said a Tucker High School teacher walked off the job on Nov. 26. District officials could not say Tuesday whether Carl Hudson Jr., who had been hired by the district in August, was still employed with them. His name did not appear on the district’s latest employment report, ...

Posted: 8 days ago

In December, DeKalb County School District officials said a Tucker High School teacher walked off the job on Nov. 26. District officials could not say Tuesday whether Carl Hudson Jr., who had been hired by the district in August, was still employed with them. His name did not appear on the district’s latest employment report, ...
DeKalb Schools: Chief legal officer now among departures
 Jennifer Hackemeyer, the DeKalb County School District’s chief legal officer since 2016, is no longer employed by the district, officials confirmed Monday. Hackemeyer left on Dec. 31. District officials said Marissa Key is the district’s interim chief legal affairs officer until a replacement can be hired. Of Superintendent Steve...

Posted: 10 days ago

Jennifer Hackemeyer, the DeKalb County School District’s chief legal officer since 2016, is no longer employed by the district, officials confirmed Monday. Hackemeyer left on Dec. 31. District officials said Marissa Key is the district’s interim chief legal affairs officer until a replacement can be hired. Of Superintendent Steve...
New DeKalb school board members say they will learn, listen early on
 New DeKalb County Board of Education members Allyson Gevertz and Diijon DaCosta said Thursday after being sworn in they will spend time learning the ropes, not immediately diving into objectives they stated in their campaigns. “I’ve got a lot to learn,” said Gevertz, a DeKalb parent who ran unopposed for her District 4 seat...

Posted: 14 days ago

New DeKalb County Board of Education members Allyson Gevertz and Diijon DaCosta said Thursday after being sworn in they will spend time learning the ropes, not immediately diving into objectives they stated in their campaigns. “I’ve got a lot to learn,” said Gevertz, a DeKalb parent who ran unopposed for her District 4 seat...
DeKalb schools had central office exits, hiring missteps in 2018
 Last year found the DeKalb County School District facing many high-profile departures while letting some ineligible teachers slip into the system. Superintendent Steve Green lost just more than a third of his cabinet over the course of the year, including former Chief Operations Officer Joshua Williams and Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley...

Posted: 17 days ago

Last year found the DeKalb County School District facing many high-profile departures while letting some ineligible teachers slip into the system. Superintendent Steve Green lost just more than a third of his cabinet over the course of the year, including former Chief Operations Officer Joshua Williams and Chief Information Officer Gary Brantley...
Carters visit Ebenezer for final Sunday worship service of the year
 Former President Jimmy Carter was praised as “a living example” of living the good life during morning worship services at Ebenezer Baptist Church Sunday morning, for continuing to give back well after he left the Oval Office nearly 40 years ago. Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and 43 members of their family joined the congregation...

Posted: 18 days ago

Former President Jimmy Carter was praised as “a living example” of living the good life during morning worship services at Ebenezer Baptist Church Sunday morning, for continuing to give back well after he left the Oval Office nearly 40 years ago. Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and 43 members of their family joined the congregation...
Former President Carter attends Ebenezer Baptist Church service
 UPDATE 12:45 P.M. SUNDAY: Former President Jimmy Carter was praised as “a living example of the Gospel” during the morning worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Thirty-nine Carter family members — including the 94-year-old former president and his wife, Rosalynn — joined the congregation at the historic...

Posted: 18 days ago

UPDATE 12:45 P.M. SUNDAY: Former President Jimmy Carter was praised as “a living example of the Gospel” during the morning worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Thirty-nine Carter family members — including the 94-year-old former president and his wife, Rosalynn — joined the congregation at the historic...