Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Maureen Downey

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Past articles by Maureen:

Opinion: Georgia Senate silences public as it pushes voucher expansion

A voucher bill is on the fast track in the Georgia Legislature. The question is why. → Read More

Breakdown: The Atlanta true crime podcast

Breakdown true crime podcast: How to subscribe, Where to find all seasons of the true-crime podcast Breakdown from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. → Read More

What can I do to get an A? New book says study smarter

A new book talks about the best ways to study and how many standard approaches are not working for students. → Read More

Opinion: If there ever was a year to give more to schools, this is it

Fred A. Jones Jr. of the Southern Education Foundation calls for more state dollars for schools, pre-K and colleges. → Read More

Clark Atlanta student: We’re bearing brunt of America’s gun violence

In a guest column, a Clark Atlanta student writes about the impact of guns on her life in Atlanta. → Read More

Top Georgia teacher: Politicians weaponized social-emotional learning

In a guest column, Tracey Nance, Georgia’s 2020 and 2021 Teacher of the Year, criticizes politically motivated attacks on social and emotional learning. → Read More

Opinion: Wealth of elite colleges adds to higher education inequities

In a guest column, the authors of a new book on college funding discuss well-endowed colleges' edge over less financially secure campuses and the students they serve. → Read More

Opinion: Education and training after high school are keys to recovery

The Southern Regional Education Board's latest Fact Book on Higher Education found an ominous decline in the number of two-year college students in Georgia and the rest of the South. → Read More

Opinion: School leaders are only hope of ending gun violence

In a guest column, a college dean from Georgia talks about school shootings and what schools can do in the face of any coherent political response. → Read More

Opinion: Our guns are more important than our children

Why are the families of Uvalde, Texas, burying 21 loved ones this week? → Read More

DeKalb school board member: Lawmakers need to address gun violence

Here is an open letter to lawmakers from DeKalb school board member Allyson Gevertz. → Read More

Dress codes: ‘What does it say to a 10-year-old when her body is routinely measured and critiqued’

In a guest column, two local parents who are also therapists explain the damaging nature of dress codes. → Read More

How do schools go from recovery to reinvention in fall?

Schools, teachers and students are climbing out of their pandemic bunkers. How long will it take them to return to “normal” and what form will that ta → Read More

Opinion: A teen tirade turns into a federal case. And she wins.

A Pennsylvania high school student venting on failing to earn a spot on the varsity cheer squad took her wrath to Snapchat where she dropped a series of F-bombs, F the “school,” “softball,” “cheer” and “everything.” To underscore her point, Brandi Levy added a photo of herself flashing her middle finger.When school authorities saw the Snapchat tirade, preserved in a screenshot as these things… → Read More

New report on early childhood: COVID is both historic crisis and opportunity

To understand the effects of COVID shutdowns on preschool and pre-K students, which could have even longer lasting ramifications for student success, here's what a review and synthesis of the 76 most high-quality reserach studies on the COVID impact shows. → Read More

Opinion: Classrooms play defense while football scores

University of Georgia professor emeritus Peter Smagorinsky played multiple sports in high school and one year of basketball at Kenyon College; coached → Read More

Atlanta wakes sleeping giant with decision to start high school earlier

A note late Friday afternoon to Atlanta Public Schools parents announcing a new 7:45 a.m. first bell for high school students set off a weekend revolt, including a petition urging APS to keep the 8:30 start time. → Read More

Opinion: Universal pre-K is not government overreach or massive subsidy

In a guest column, state Sen. Michelle Au, D-Johns Creek, applauds by the push by President Joe Biden for universial pre-K. → Read More

Technology is not a luxury; it’s now an education necessity

Tauheedah Baker-Jones is the chief equity and social justice officer of Atlanta Public Schools. In this guest column, Baker-Jones addresses the urgency in bridging the digital divide, especially given that online learning has become and will remain more prevalent in the COVID-19 and post-COVID era. → Read More

OPINION: Why schools should rethink Dr. Seuss

Charis Granger-Mbugua graduated Cobb County Schools, where her young son is now a student. In this guest column, Granger-Mbugua, a National Board Cert → Read More