CCJ Reports

Multiracial families report mixed results with school choice in Macon-Bibb County

Multiracial families report mixed results with school choice in Macon-Bibb County

Avery Braxton, Center for Collaborative Journalism

October 21, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, (Dis)Integration Videos, Engagement Projects

Christy and Tripp Freeman have lived all over the South, from Texas to Tennessee to Atlanta, and now they’re in Macon. They have made a family here with five children, but they are not a typical one. The Freemans are white. Two of their children are biological. Three are adopted and, of those, Timothy,...

Want students to succeed? Hire more teachers who look like them, report says

Want students to succeed? Hire more teachers who look like them, report says

Andrea Honaker, Telegraph staff writer

October 20, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, Engagement Projects

It wasn’t until she was a student in a doctoral program that Sharon Augustine had a professor who wasn’t white like her. Augustine, now the chair of teacher education at Mercer University’s Macon campus, thinks that’s a problem, and a number of recent studies back her up on the importance...

Former students, now teachers, taking the lead in helping turn around this school

Former students, now teachers, taking the lead in helping turn around this school

Grant Blankenship, Georgia Public Broadcasting

October 20, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, Engagement Projects

Most school days, you can find Jared Moore teaching freshman English at Northeast High School in Macon. One recent morning, students all faced each other in their desks. Before they got to discussing the day’s text, Moore brought the class to attention. “OK, Raider pride,” he said, invoking...

If you have this, your kids can succeed in public or private school, mom says

If you have this, your kids can succeed in public or private school, mom says

Emanuela Rendini, Center for Collaborative Journalism

October 20, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration

Olivia Williams graduated from Macon’s Central High School in 2010. It was a great school that challenged her overall, she said, but there was one class that didn't interest her: art. So, Williams’ mother had an idea of how to make the three-hour art period go by. “I would drive up to the...

Next public event in re-segregation series to feature film screening, group discussion

Andrea Honaker, Telegraph staff writer

October 19, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration

The conversation about school re-segregation will continue this Tuesday. Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Telegraph are hosting a community event in Macon. Attendees will watch the “Frontline” documentary “Separate and Unequal” and participate in small-group discussion. The film addresse...

“Where do the white kids go to school in Macon?”

“Where do the white kids go to school in Macon?”

Ashley P. Murray, Special to The Telegraph

April 5, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration

“Where do the white kids go to school in Macon?” asked the young black student of mine in Mercer University’s teacher education program. She had not grown up in Macon and didn’t understand why she saw only black students at school after school. I paused, and reflected on all I had learned...

Journey to school integration was painful, prolonged process

Journey to school integration was painful, prolonged process

Andrea Honaker, Telegraph staff writer

March 31, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, Engagement Projects

Thelma Dillard had top-notch teachers during her years at Ballard-Hudson Senior High School, but the facilities and resources there were a different story. The school was still segregated when she attended in the early 1960s, and she learned from raggedy textbooks and worn chairs handed down from...

Race matters in school quality, but dialogue often difficult

Adam Ragusea

March 10, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, (Dis)Integration Videos

“Why does everything have to be about race?” That’s what Sloan Oliver asked during a community forum about race and Bibb County schools on Jan. 24. The short answer? When it comes to school quality and educational outcomes, a large volume of scholarly research shows how race matters. Experts...

Racial concentration on the rise in Bibb schools

Racial concentration on the rise in Bibb schools

Debbie Blankenship and Adam Ragusea

January 13, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration

The proportion of white students attending Bibb County public schools has dropped by more than 40 percent over the last 20 years. At the same time, the population of black students has held relatively steady. When the state released its fall 2016 school enrollment data last month, the Bibb Coun...

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