Alia Malik, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alia Malik

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Alia:

Gwinnett’s first Black county commissioner loses reelection

Matthew Holtkamp appeared to defeat District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque, according to unofficial results. → Read More

Georgia abortion clinics stay open, but visits shift to NC, Florida

A month after Georgia's strict abortion law went into effect, local clinics remain open, but many women are being directed to states with less-restrictive laws, creating bottlenecks across the Southeast. → Read More

Abortion appointments canceled as Georgians react to court ruling

Georgians react to court ruling upholding the state's "heartbeat" law severely tightening abortion restrictions. Abortion clinics cancel appointments but say they'll stay open as they navigate post-Roe landscape. → Read More

Abortion ruling reaction divided in metro Atlanta religious services

The opinions reflected national polarization over the issue. → Read More

Voices: Metro Atlanta women weigh in on abortion debate

Two Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters asked more than two dozen women this week in metro Atlanta to share their thoughts on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Georgia's six-week law after the Supreme Court's draft opinion was leaked. Here is what they said. → Read More

Collins Hill grad dies in Marines tactical vehicle accident

Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gierke, of Lawrenceville, Ga., a 2020 graduate of Collins Hill High School in Gwinnett County, was 19. → Read More

Gwinnett commission passes $2 billion budget with last-minute adds

Last-minute additions included $550,00 to support indigent medical care. → Read More

Cobb schools investigation ends with no accreditation change

Cognia, the Cobb school district's accrediting agency, listed many directives for improvement. → Read More

Cobb’s elementary schools continue to be hardest hit by COVID-19

The Cobb County School District recorded more than 650 active cases of COVID-19. → Read More

Stone Mountain holds first Juneteenth celebration

About 100 people turned out despite the rain. → Read More

Pandemic worsens substitute teacher shortage in metro Atlanta

More teachers are staying home for quarantine and other health reasons, while fewer substitutes are willing to take their places. → Read More

Gwinnett paraprofessional dies of COVID-19 after exposure at school

Fear of COVID-19 led Maude Jones to put in for early retirement, but she got sick first. → Read More

Even with recession, San Antonio ISD says it needs no property tax increase to pay off largest-ever local bond

The school district is asking voters to approve two bond propositions totaling $1.3 billion. → Read More

Fast or slowly, San Antonio’s schools are reopening amid improved coronavirus numbers

Some school districts had already returned more students to classrooms than Metro Health recommended, and even with the agency’s green light, others have tougher standards that will keep their campus reopenings much more gradual. “For some the transition seems to be happening too quickly and for others too slowly,” one principal said. → Read More

Arena for fighting robots planned for high school cybersecurity magnet program in San Antonio

The program is scheduled to accept 150 freshmen in fall 2021 who will remain enrolled in high schools across the school district. → Read More

State teachers union again sues to void charter contract at SAISD elementary school

A Travis County ruling has given the Texas State Teachers Association fresh ammunition in its efforts to restore contracts, with back pay and benefits, of teachers and staff who worked at Stewart Elementary School on the Southeast Side before it was handed over to a New York-based charter network in 2018. → Read More

Two new charter school operators approved to open in San Antonio next year

With a pair of 9-5 votes, the State Board of Education on Friday decided not to veto the Texas education commissioner’s approval of Royal Public Schools and Prelude Prep, which plan to open schools on the South Side. → Read More

Gradual reopening of San Antonio schools begins in earnest

With the community spread of the coronavirus on the decline but still a threat, classes will start on a small scale for individual campuses in several local school districts, including the three largest. All are requiring face coverings and social distancing. → Read More

‘Herculean’ task: San Antonio area schools still working to get every student online

Despite months of effort to make sure they have those things, and staggering numbers of computers distributed since the spring, some students still are without. → Read More

New coronavirus cases are decreasing in San Antonio, but officials urge residents to stick with precautions

Metro Health’s updated coronavirus numbers showed 110 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with nine more verified deaths, pushing the death toll past 800. → Read More