Vanessa McCray

Education Reporter

Vanessa McCray writes about Atlanta Public Schools. She previously covered education for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, and reported for newspapers in her native northern Michigan.

Latest from Vanessa McCray

Fulton County students will go back to school later next year
 Fulton County students will go back to class one week later next school year.  School will start Aug. 12, a week later than this school year’s Aug. 6, 2018, start date.  In 2020, the first day will be Aug. 10. The Fulton school board on Thursday unanimously approved the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school calendars. ...

Posted: 20 hours ago

Fulton County students will go back to class one week later next school year.  School will start Aug. 12, a week later than this school year’s Aug. 6, 2018, start date.  In 2020, the first day will be Aug. 10. The Fulton school board on Thursday unanimously approved the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school calendars. ...
New Cobb tip line lets students report school safety threats by text, call
 Cobb County students soon will be able to text, email or call in tips about safety threats, bullying and harassment.  The new “SafeSchools Alert” tip line will launch Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Cobb County School District announced Thursday.  Students, employees and parents can report safety concerns by phone, text or email...

Posted: a day ago

Cobb County students soon will be able to text, email or call in tips about safety threats, bullying and harassment.  The new “SafeSchools Alert” tip line will launch Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Cobb County School District announced Thursday.  Students, employees and parents can report safety concerns by phone, text or email...
Atlanta high schools get $1.19M field houses as part of athletics upgrade
 Atlanta high schools will get two new athletic field houses this year, with plans to build six more in the next few years. The school board approved spending up to $1,190,800 to build two field houses, one at Douglass High School and one to serve students who attend the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and...

Posted: a day ago

Atlanta high schools will get two new athletic field houses this year, with plans to build six more in the next few years. The school board approved spending up to $1,190,800 to build two field houses, one at Douglass High School and one to serve students who attend the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and...
As APS eyes changes, nonprofit pays for board members’ Denver visit
 A charter-friendly local nonprofit is picking up the tab to send three Atlanta school board members to Denver, where charter and other non-traditional types of schools have expanded dramatically. Board members are considering an improvement plan, including features of Denver’s model, that could trigger school closures, launch new...

Posted: a day ago

A charter-friendly local nonprofit is picking up the tab to send three Atlanta school board members to Denver, where charter and other non-traditional types of schools have expanded dramatically. Board members are considering an improvement plan, including features of Denver’s model, that could trigger school closures, launch new...
Letters show white APS board member, MLK shared concern for students
 Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches and marches made him an icon of the civil rights movement, but less known is the support he gave to those advocating for black students in his hometown. His encouragement is evident in the time he took to help a white woman who ran for an Atlanta school board seat in 1961, when local schools finally...

Posted: 2 days ago

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches and marches made him an icon of the civil rights movement, but less known is the support he gave to those advocating for black students in his hometown. His encouragement is evident in the time he took to help a white woman who ran for an Atlanta school board seat in 1961, when local schools finally...
What’s next in Fulton superintendent search: Parent survey, timeline
 Fulton County Schools announced a timeline for its superintendent search and posted a three-question online survey about what parents want in their next leader.  The district is conducting a national search for a superintendent after Jeff Rose resigned unexpectedly in November, nearly a year before his contract expired. Rose...

Posted: 3 days ago

Fulton County Schools announced a timeline for its superintendent search and posted a three-question online survey about what parents want in their next leader.  The district is conducting a national search for a superintendent after Jeff Rose resigned unexpectedly in November, nearly a year before his contract expired. Rose...
Atlanta superintendent: Super Bowl to ‘super-size’ risk of child sex trafficking
 As Atlanta readies for the Super Bowl, the school system is amping up efforts to train teachers and inform students about the risk of human trafficking.  Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said students are in danger of being sexually exploited every day, and the Super Bowl is one more event that increases that...

Posted: 4 days ago

As Atlanta readies for the Super Bowl, the school system is amping up efforts to train teachers and inform students about the risk of human trafficking.  Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said students are in danger of being sexually exploited every day, and the Super Bowl is one more event that increases that...
Crim High to close under APS plan to restructure alternative programs
 Atlanta Public Schools could close Crim Open Campus High School as part of a plan to consolidate alternative programs that help students graduate instead of dropping out.  The district notified parents Thursday of the proposal to close Crim, which was converted in 2005 from a traditional high school to one that serves ninth- through...

Posted: 6 days ago

Atlanta Public Schools could close Crim Open Campus High School as part of a plan to consolidate alternative programs that help students graduate instead of dropping out.  The district notified parents Thursday of the proposal to close Crim, which was converted in 2005 from a traditional high school to one that serves ninth- through...
Evidence eaten after Atlanta teacher allegedly gave students pot brownies
 A police investigation into allegations that an Atlanta teacher shared pot-laced brownies that sickened two students and an adult won't result in criminal charges because all the evidence was gobbled up.  The special education teacher who brought the suspicious treats to South Atlanta High School resigned a few days after the Nov...

Posted: 8 days ago

A police investigation into allegations that an Atlanta teacher shared pot-laced brownies that sickened two students and an adult won't result in criminal charges because all the evidence was gobbled up.  The special education teacher who brought the suspicious treats to South Atlanta High School resigned a few days after the Nov...
As Fulton seeks next superintendent, school board picks its president
 The Fulton County school board will retain its president as the board’s leader for another two year-term, an era that will be marked by the search for a new superintendent. The school board on Tuesday voted to give Linda Bryant another two years to serve as the board president. She was first elected to the school board in 1993 and her...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Fulton County school board will retain its president as the board’s leader for another two year-term, an era that will be marked by the search for a new superintendent. The school board on Tuesday voted to give Linda Bryant another two years to serve as the board president. She was first elected to the school board in 1993 and her...
As APS approaches key decisions, superintendent gets mid-year review
 The Atlanta school board chairman provided a brief report Monday on the superintendent’s mid-year evaluation, saying the board remains pleased with her progress.  The board conducts its review  behind closed doors, as allowed by state law. However, Chairman Jason Esteves gave a short update at a meeting Monday about the work of...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Atlanta school board chairman provided a brief report Monday on the superintendent’s mid-year evaluation, saying the board remains pleased with her progress.  The board conducts its review behind closed doors, as allowed by state law. However, Chairman Jason Esteves gave a short update at a meeting Monday about the work of...