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: 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

OPINION: Open door to higher education for immigrants

In a guest column, Munir Meghjani, a civic entrepreneur and a community activist, and Sofia Bork, a second-generation Latina civic leader and advocate → Read More

Georgia Tech grads create app to help people quit drinking

Under the premise that technology can enable people to break free from a negative habit loop and cultivate healthier behaviors on demand, two Georgia Tech grads created Reframe, a new app that uses neuroscience to help users quit alcohol. → Read More

'Lives of my family are not and never were a part of my teaching contract’

A teacher who just quit writes: I’m a Gwinnett County high school teacher, a Ph.D. with more than 30 years teaching experience, and I am done. I love teaching and helping kids learn and grow into a career for a good life.So, why am I leaving? For the lives of my family. → Read More

A degree and a dream deferred: Chance meeting corrects a half-century wrong

In 1972, Black student Gwendolyn Middleton Payton graduated with a degree in Biology but never received her degree in Art even though she met the course requirements. Decades later, a chance encounter led to a long-delayed acknowledgment of her achievement, including an exhibit. → Read More

OPINION: All students win in Georgia Tech settlement with anti-abortion group

Caleb Dalton is legal counsel with the Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom and its Center for Academic Freedom, which represents Students for Life at Georgia Tech, a student group opposed to abortion. In this guest column, Dalton discusses today’s settlement by Georgia Tech of a lawsuit filed by Students for Life against the school in April, charging it allowed student government… → Read More

Update: 826 students under quarantine in Cherokee after COVID-19 exposures

n the six days that Cherokee County Schools have been in session, the north Georgia district has had to direct 826 students to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, along with 42 teachers. → Read More

Gwinnett outlines phase-in plan for face-to-face classes starting end of this month

Today, just eight days before school starts, there is still much uncertainty surrounding this virus, and more challenges have emerged as we wrestle with determining the best plan for opening school. That decision is made harder because there is easy access to a lot of conflicting information about COVID-19 from multiple sources, while the airwaves are filled with reports about increasing cases… → Read More