Month: April 2017

4 Squares: A Parent’s Perspective on Traditional Public Schools and Public Charter Schools

“I believe in school choice and I also believe in traditional public education. That’s my choice!” Keisha Spells, Parent Advocate  Four squares represents the perspective of a parent and employee of both public traditional schools and public charter schools. Parent advocate Keisha Spells shares her experience in both worlds and in both roles. At the beginning of the interview, Ms. Spells shared:…

Extra Curricular Activities Lead Students to Success

“When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I discovered the extra curricular activities that interested to me; theatre and music.” – Morgan Freeman  Eric Stirgus recently wrote an article focusing on the effects on extra curricular programs on student performance. As a product of Atlanta Public Schools and former teacher, I know first hand the importance of…

Raising 3 Kings! A Success Story from a Single Mother

“The greatest achievement I’ve experienced in life is raising my sons and seeing their successes!” Tonya Winters Buford      This post features Atlanta Educator and super mom, Tonya Winter’s Buford, who shares some of the successes and struggles of raising Black sons as a single mother. It’s not easy raising boys to be men as a single mother, but at…

These Two Atlanta Students Were Homeless and Just Got Scholarships to College

Rebecca Schmitt and Jakobi Horn of Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta have both been homeless at one point—contributing to Atlanta’s population of nearly 1,800 homeless students. Shmitt, who was recently named valedictorian, and Horn were selected for this year’s Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, honoring Georgia’s outstanding high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in…

After School Care Matters: Cutting Funds Cuts Futures

Studies have shown that the after-school hours can be dangerous ones for children. The Department of Justice reports that 29 percent of all juvenile offenses occur on school days between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and that the number of violent crimes committed doubles in the hour immediately after school is let out (U.S. Department of Justice, 1997). Find out…