Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Maureen Downey

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Maureen:

Despite plans to reopen, schools aren’t clear yet how that will happen

At this point, I have listened to six national webinars on reopening schools, including a fascinating one today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which is conducting a study to provide states and districts with guidance about whether and how to safely reopen schools i → Read More

Opinion: Has moment come to strip Grady name from Atlanta high school and UGA college?

Past arguments that Henry Grady’s racist stands disqualified his name from gracing major Atlanta institutions went nowhere. But this week’s national protests show many Americans are fed up with the vestiges of racism, in their police departments, their laws and their lives. → Read More

The Trump Administration: Trans-inclusive sports policies violate law

The Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education could withhold federal funding if Connecticut does not reverse a policy allowing transgender students to participate in sports based on the gender with which they identify. → Read More

Opinion: Georgia should dump one-size-fits-all assessment of teacher candidates

A Kennesaw State University professor says a test required of all teacher candidates in Georgia hasn't proven valuable or a reliable indicator of classroom performance, and the state ought to eliminate it. → Read More

Atlanta protests: ‘Teachers have tools, abilities to talk these young people off the ledge’

A former Georgia Teacher of the Year says: 'I tell you this – the young faces I see on the news at night remind me of my students – I recognize those same questions and those same frustrations. But what is missing is a sense of refuge, of understanding and validation.' → Read More

Five ways to get low-income students back to college during COVID-19

Two higher education experts say the economic free fall caused by the pandemic could destroy the college dreams of America’s low-income students, who have fewer supports in place to protect them. → Read More

Special virus deduction: Pre-K teachers would work same hours for less money

Pre-k teachers could face a reduction in their pay or their hours as Georgia confronts the revenue hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “This is going to involve some cuts that are going to hurt,” said Sen. Ellis Black, R-Valdosta. → Read More

Opinion: Colleges must shift focus, resources back on students

Douglas Young is a professor of political science at the University of North Georgia-Gainesville. In this guest column, Young says too many campuses have become obsessed with homogenization, bureaucratization, research, and money. → Read More

Founder of Fugees: Families of our students getting sick from working in poultry industry

Luma Mufleh founded the Fugees Academy in Clarkston. Mufleh stopped eating meat over concerns about the conditions of workers in America’s meat and poultry-processing plants. Several families at the school had been sickened with COVID-19 as a result of work conditions. → Read More

University of California will end use of SAT and ACT in admissions

In a decision expected to influence other schools, the University of California will no longer require the SAT or ACT for admissions to its nine prestigious campuses, including UCLA and UC Berkeley. → Read More

Opinion: Pay more attention to mental health than to test scores

A UGA education professor says: ‘I’m hoping that the issue of mental health is among those educational priorities that will get reimagined as schools break for summer, no matter what school looks like in the fall.’ → Read More

Cobb family in controversial Harrison High bullying case files lawsuit

The parents of a Harrison High School student are suing two school employees for damages over their treatment of the teen in a controversial 2018 incident. A freshman at the time, Jorge Santa-Hernandez faced felony charges after he fought back against a senior whom he alleged bullied him. → Read More

Opinion: Ballot question reveals Republican zeal for school vouchers

A University of North Georgia professor contrasts the uniting of Americans to combat the pandemic with the unrelenting Republican effort to expand vouchers in Georgia, showing, he says, that we are not all in this together. → Read More

High schools offer graduates some pomp amid trying circumstances

Some high schools plan to hold graduations later this month and into June, but are limiting tickets so mandated social distancing can be maintained. The four-tickets limit most schools have imposed is fueling complaints on district Facebook pages where parents lament grandparents can't come. → Read More

As Georgia colleges plan for in-person classes, Cal State System stays online for fall

On the same day Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley said public campuses aim to resume in-person instruction in the fall if health conditions permit, the California State University System chancellor announced online classes will continue for the fall. → Read More

Good news for students applying to University of Georgia: You can use Common App

The University of Georgia will, at long last, accept the Common Application, better known as the Common App. The Common App is a single undergraduate college admission application that about 900 colleges and universities accept, including most in Georgia. → Read More

Georgia college students find allies for pass/fail in Legislature

College students are turning to the Legislature after the University System of Georgia refuses to consider giving them a pass/fail grading option after campuses went online overnight. That created obstacles for many students, especially those returning to homes without reliable internet. → Read More

Opinion: Rolling back Title IX threatens racial and gender justice

In a guest column, Fatima Goss Graves, the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, and NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson condemn the changes announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. → Read More

Opinion: Why we can’t afford to ‘get back to normal’ after pandemic

To ensure Georgia's economic future, an education advocate calls for a coordinated plan to combat poverty, undereducation and dependence on low-skilled jobs. → Read More

Gwinnett Schools employees riled over return to buildings and district’s explanation

Gwinnett County Public School employees continue to reach out with their concerns about the phase-in return to school buildings over the next two weeks. → Read More