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

DeKalb Schools’ new salaries to cost millions more than expected
 DeKalb County School District officials said Wednesday it will cost $9 million to correct missteps in a salary schedule that had some employees receiving checks with penny pay hikes instead of the hundreds of dollars expected. The adjustments, approved by the DeKalb County Board of Education during a special meeting, are to be completed...

Posted: 3 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials said Wednesday it will cost $9 million to correct missteps in a salary schedule that had some employees receiving checks with penny pay hikes instead of the hundreds of dollars expected. The adjustments, approved by the DeKalb County Board of Education during a special meeting, are to be completed...
DeKalb Schools: Fixed salary scale to cost $10M more than expected
 The DeKalb County Board of Education approved adjustments to its approved salary schedule to address flaws that saw some employees receive 1-cent raises as opposed to hundreds that were expected. The adjustments will come at a cost: $19.5 million, about $10 million more than expected, and $11.5 million more than originally projected.

Posted: 4 days ago

The DeKalb County Board of Education approved adjustments to its approved salary schedule to address flaws that saw some employees receive 1-cent raises as opposed to hundreds that were expected. The adjustments will come at a cost: $19.5 million, about $10 million more than expected, and $11.5 million more than originally projected.
DeKalb Schools: Fixed salaries will go into effect by spring
 DeKalb County School District employees who did not receive expected pay bumps as part of a new salary schedule should receive new rates of pay — and retroactive pay — by the end of March. According to a special called meeting agenda set for Wednesday, the DeKalb County Board of Education is expected to vote on...

Posted: 5 days ago

DeKalb County School District employees who did not receive expected pay bumps as part of a new salary schedule should receive new rates of pay — and retroactive pay — by the end of March. According to a special called meeting agenda set for Wednesday, the DeKalb County Board of Education is expected to vote on...
DeKalb Schools teacher, who ‘walked off the job’ months ago, resigns
 A DeKalb County School District math teacher, who district officials said walked off the job in November, recently resigned. Officials said Carl Delano Hudson Jr. resigned effective Nov. 30, though his status in January was “on unauthorized leave” and still employed. District officials did not say when Hudson Jr...

Posted: 5 days ago

A DeKalb County School District math teacher, who district officials said walked off the job in November, recently resigned. Officials said Carl Delano Hudson Jr. resigned effective Nov. 30, though his status in January was “on unauthorized leave” and still employed. District officials did not say when Hudson Jr...
Program giving kids of color a shot in classical music marks milestone
 Azira G. Hill beamed with pride Wednesday as she watched classical musicians take part in a rehearsal ahead of a special Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert. A number of the musicians on the stage were people of color. Twenty-five years ago, she said, that would not have been the case. At the time, the ASO featured no black musicians. There...

Posted: 9 days ago

Azira G. Hill beamed with pride Wednesday as she watched classical musicians take part in a rehearsal ahead of a special Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert. A number of the musicians on the stage were people of color. Twenty-five years ago, she said, that would not have been the case. At the time, the ASO featured no black musicians. There...
Clayton Schools: No uniforms for most high school students
 The Clayton County Board of Education voted Monday to eliminate uniforms for high school students as part of its dress code requirement. Students in magnet and School Choice programs will continue wearing uniforms, officials said. The revision includes expectations for how students should dress, prohibiting  ripped jeans, flip-flops, headgear...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Clayton County Board of Education voted Monday to eliminate uniforms for high school students as part of its dress code requirement. Students in magnet and School Choice programs will continue wearing uniforms, officials said. The revision includes expectations for how students should dress, prohibiting ripped jeans, flip-flops, headgear...
DeKalb Schools works to ‘get it right’ after flawed salary roll-out
 School officials say it may cost the Dekalb County school district millions to fix a botched salary schedule rolled out last week that left some teachers with only a 2-cent raise when the schedule took effect. The change in pay for approximately 16,000 school district employees was supposed to reflect 2.5-percent raises as well as a revised...

Posted: 11 days ago

School officials say it may cost the Dekalb County school district millions to fix a botched salary schedule rolled out last week that left some teachers with only a 2-cent raise when the schedule took effect. The change in pay for approximately 16,000 school district employees was supposed to reflect 2.5-percent raises as well as a revised...
At ‘Shop Talk,’ players to discuss social justice, life after football
 Behind closed doors on Friday, several players set to face off in football’s biggest game will gather for an invitation-only conversation on issues affecting their community, from entrepreneurship to politics, and life after football. The session is part of a Shop Talk forum started several years ago by entrepreneurs Sebastian and Gabrielle...

Posted: 12 days ago

Behind closed doors on Friday, several players set to face off in football’s biggest game will gather for an invitation-only conversation on issues affecting their community, from entrepreneurship to politics, and life after football. The session is part of a Shop Talk forum started several years ago by entrepreneurs Sebastian and Gabrielle...
DeKalb Schools’ HR chief resigns
 Bernice Gregory, the DeKalb County School District human resources chief who came to the district last spring, has resigned immediately, following concerns with a recently approved salary schedule. An email sent to staff this morning announced Gregory’s departure. Linda Woodard, who recently retired from the school district, will...

Posted: 16 days ago

Bernice Gregory, the DeKalb County School District human resources chief who came to the district last spring, has resigned immediately, following concerns with a recently approved salary schedule. An email sent to staff this morning announced Gregory’s departure. Linda Woodard, who recently retired from the school district, will...
DeKalb County teachers miffed over problems with pay raises
 Evansdale Elementary School first-grade teacher Cynthia Trapanese expected to get a $3,000 raise when the DeKalb County School District’s new salary schedule went into effect. It was supposed to reflect 2.5 percent raises as well as a revised pay schedule for teachers, part of a compensation and class study completed last summer. Instead...

Posted: 16 days ago

Evansdale Elementary School first-grade teacher Cynthia Trapanese expected to get a $3,000 raise when the DeKalb County School District’s new salary schedule went into effect. It was supposed to reflect 2.5 percent raises as well as a revised pay schedule for teachers, part of a compensation and class study completed last summer. Instead...
DeKalb students will return to class after snow no-show 
 DeKalb County School District officials said school will be back in session Wednesday after students and staff missed Tuesday due to snow forecasts. Instead, metro Atlanta woke up to wet roads, but no snow. Officials directed parents and students to its website and social media channels for any updates. Cooler temperatures are expected...

Posted: 18 days ago

DeKalb County School District officials said school will be back in session Wednesday after students and staff missed Tuesday due to snow forecasts. Instead, metro Atlanta woke up to wet roads, but no snow. Officials directed parents and students to its website and social media channels for any updates. Cooler temperatures are expected...