Dekalb county has school, hunger issues

by Christen Thompson
Managing Editor, Online

In a two day span from April 27 to April 28, 11Alive featured two stories centering on Dekalb County, and the news wasn’t good. According to the one of the two articles, Dekalb County is among the hungriest in Atlanta. This news comes the day after Dekalb county announced that it would cut 130 education jobs.

According to the hunger article, 20.9% of Dekalb county residents don’t know where they will find their next meal. That is the second highest of the top three counties, the others being Fulton (19.5%) and Clayton (23.9%). The total for metro Atlanta and North Georgia is 16.9%.

The school-cuts article details that the decision came from superintendent Cheryl Atkinson after an analysis of effectiveness and efficiency within the 135-school district. The jobs lost will be non-administrative, and for the first round of cuts will include those whose position falls within  “graduation coaches and graduation specialists.” The district maintains there will be another analysis and round of cuts within the superintendent’s office.

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