Articles written by: Maura Walz

Maura Walz

Maura Walz covers education for Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Southern Education Desk. Before joining GPB, Maura covered the New York City public schools for the independent education news website GothamSchools. There she was part of a reporting team that won National Awards for Education Reporting in 2009 and 2010 for best journalism blog. As a GothamSchools reporter, Maura has appeared on WNYC - New York Public Radio and New York’s WPIX-TV to discuss education news. She has also reported on charter schools around the United States for the Carnegie-Knight Foundation online journalism initiative News21, where her work was recognized as a 2010 Knight-Batten Award Notable Entry. She came to journalism and the education beat after working as an editor of scholarly research databases outside of Washington, D.C. Maura grew up in Richmond, Va., and is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

What You Need To Know: School Choice, Charter Schools And Vouchers
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What You Need To Know: School Choice, Charter Schools And Vouchers

School choice, in its broadest sense, is a simple idea: that families should be able to choose what school their children attend. Educational choice takes many forms in school districts around the United States, but two types of educational options currently dominate the political debate over school choice: charter schools and vouchers.

Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, Georgia. Photo by Maura Walz.
Audio / Georgia / Race / Segregation Shifts Series

The Gradual Shift: When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating. But why?

Daily Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Daily Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order to remove two-thirds of the school board of the state’s third-largest district; Alabama legislators opposed to Common Core are proposing regulations on how student data may be used; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.

Daily Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Daily Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Alabama Superintendent Tommy Bice says he’ll continue the state takeover of Birmingham schools despite a federal lawsuit trying to block it; the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams in Georgia and Alabama is up; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.

Wednesday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Wednesday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

A Georgia lawmaker wants the state to withdraw from the Common Core; school superintendents brace for sequestration cuts; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.

Tuesday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Tuesday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Emory University’s president apologizes for praising the three-fifths compromise; a Tennessee plan to incorporate geography lessons into history classes is drawing some criticism; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.

Monday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Monday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

A north Georgia school district more than tripled the number of minority teachers it hired last year; Louisiana’s new proposal for overhauling special education is drawing resistance; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.

Friday Reading List: Education News From Around The South
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Friday Reading List: Education News From Around The South

Alabama’s preschool program could be a national model, but its reach in the state is limited; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal touted his education reform plan to Virginia lawmakers; and more of the day’s education headlines from around the South.