CCJ Reports

How do parents choose the right school for their children?

How do parents choose the right school for their children?

Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 18, 2017


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The Center For Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) faculty, staff and students joined The Telegraph and GPB in a community engagement project that began in 2016 to examine our community’s experience with the nationwide trend of racial resegregation in schools. We held public forums to explore the history...

Kelly Neal

Mitch Jaugstetter and Paige Hill, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017


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Kelly Neal works in Macon but lives in Jones County so her two children with intellectual disabilities can attend a public school that can accommodate them.

Christie Freeman

Jastine Alaan and Jiali Chen, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017


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Christie Freeman is a mother of five raising one child of a different race. Freeman wants to raise her children in a diverse, integrated setting.

Sloan Oliver

Dylan Malamala and Sam Jacobs, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017


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Sloan Oliver reflected on public education. Oliver lived in Macon-Bibb county but moved to Monroe County because of the quality of education.

Kristin Hanlon

Adelia Henderson and Jade Thompson, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017


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Kristin Hanlon's family made a strategic purchase in the Rutland zone in 1999 to send her children to the public school of her choice.

Ann Tift

Noemi Griffin and Jessica Lee, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017


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Ann Tift and her husband sent their four children to Stratford Academy. Tift urges we shift the blame for education inequality away from private schools.

Glenda Earwood Smith

Elzabeth Tammi, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 16, 2017


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Glenda Earwood Smith, the former dean of students at Wesleyan College, believes Macon has a good public school system that has improved under its current leader.

Documentary screening sparks community conversation

Andrea Honaker, Telegraph staff writer

October 24, 2017


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About 30 community members attended an Oct. 24 event hosted by Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting. It was the fifth public program in the collaborative project about race and schools.

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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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