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A chart created by Atlanta Public Schools outlines the proposed plan for the re-opening of schools across the district. The proposal pushes the original first day of school for students back two weeks to allow teachers and faculty time to prepare for the virtual start to the school year.

Community reacts to the district’s proposal for school re-opening

July 11, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring proposed a two week delay to the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and nine weeks of virtual learning in response to local, state and national health statistics. The ...

Chair of the Henry W. Grady Naming Committee Leslie Grant outlined the series of Facebook Live meetings that will take place. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 30.

Community, alumni deliberate school name change

July 7, 2020

The Atlanta school board’s committee to rename Grady outlined the process to consider proposals to change the school’s name.  The July...

Superintendent Dr. Herring spoke with Atlanta Public Schools student publications to discuss her plans for the 2020-2021 school year. As well as touching on  schools reopening, Herring detailed her

Superintendent Herring lays plans for first year

July 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools will wait until early to mid-July to announce which instructional model it chooses for the 2020-2021 school year, new Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring said today. Herring said the rate of spread of the coronavirus will determine reopening plans...

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Grady students organize grassroots lobbying in support of hate crime law

June 7, 2020

In the midst of worldwide protests over the deaths of unarmed African Americans at the hands of police officers, Grady students are doing their part t...

Southerner Podcast: Councilman Westmoreland talks COVID-19

May 8, 2020

Although COVID-19 has forced many Atlantans to change how they live, go to school and work, the City of Atlanta has tried to utilize its resources in order...

The Plaza Theatre, located in the Briarcliff Plaza Shopping Center, displays encouraging message,

COVID-19 economic crisis impacts Grady community economically

May 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected public health, it has also affected the health of the economy.  Amid shutdown orders across the country, Geo...

Dr. Lisa Herring was announced as the sole finalist for superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

Birmingham superintendent Herring announced as sole finalist to lead APS

May 4, 2020

The Atlanta Board of Education announced Dr. Lisa Herring, current Birmingham superintendent, is the sole finalist to replace Dr. Meria Carstaphen. Herring, ...

Yard signs encouraging people to fill out the 2020 Census have popped up in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Georgia Census groups scramble to change practices amidst COVID-19

May 1, 2020

The United States Constitution mandates that every 10 years, the government counts everybody under its jurisdiction. Since its start in 1790, the U.S. Census has...

The southerner sat down with Dr. Lisa Herring, sole finalist for APS superintendent, to discuss pertinent issues that face the district.

Q & A with sole superintendent finalist Dr. Lisa Herring

April 30, 2020

Dr. Lisa Herring, current superintendent of Birmingham City Schools, was announced on April 21 as the sole finalist for the superintendent of Atlanta Pub...

The Class of 2020 won't have a traditional graduation ceremony on May 20 as planned. The district hopes to hold commencement later in the year but is planning a virtual

Commencement postponed, supplemented with virtual “celebration”

April 27, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools commencement ceremonies are “officially on” but postponed until late July or later, according to Superintendent Dr. Meria Car...

The Southerner staffer Elena Hubert interviews Advanced Placement US History teacher Lee Pope on COVID-19 using Zoom, an online meeting platform.

Pandemics in history: A “sit-down” with Lee Pope, AP US History teacher

April 25, 2020

Lee Pope has taught Advanced Placement US History since 1999 and at Grady for 13 years. The Southerner spoke to him to find out about historical paral...

Former U.S. History teacher Dorothy McGirt, 92, passed away Easter Sunday from COVID-19.

Beloved former U.S. History teacher Dorothy McGirt passes away from COVID-19

April 21, 2020

In the sea of COVID-19 deaths, Atlanta Public Schools has lost one of its own. Dorothy McGirt, retired APS educator and former Grady teacher, passed aw...

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