Vanessa McCray is an education reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since 2017, she has covered Atlanta Public Schools and education trends around metro Atlanta. Her coverage looks closely at the 52,000-student Atlanta school system, its financing, leadership and efforts to turn around low-performing schools. Stories from inside the classroom about issues that matter most to parents and students are a top priority. Prior to joining the AJC, she covered higher education and K-12 school districts for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, and for newspapers in her native northern Michigan.