Education Briefs: School board runoff; GSU’s new convocation center; APS graduation rate

Atlanta Board of Education Dist. 2 hopefuls Aretta Baldon and Davida Huntley will face each other in a runoff election on Oct. 15. The top vote-getters were among a field of nine candidates vying for the seat vacated by Byron Amos.

A rendering of the new GSU convocation center.

Georgia State University has released architectural renderings for its forthcoming convocation center, a large, multi-use facility that will sit at the northwest corner of Fulton Street and Capitol Avenue, just north of Georgia State Stadium. Along with providing space for commencement ceremonies and other events, it will also become the home court for Panther’s basketball games. Designed by CBRE | Heery and Perkins & Will, it will feature a glass façade that looks north toward the downtown skyline and a customizable interior that can be configured to accommodate various kinds of events. Te $85 million project represents the latest addition to the university’s growing campus in downtown Atlanta. The university expects to complete construction in 2022.

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) achieved a 77.9 percent graduation rate for 2019. according to graduation data released this week by the Georgia Department of Education. The rate represents an 18.8 percent increase since 2014, although 2.0 percentage points less than the district’s all-time high graduation rate of 79.9 percent in 2018. More students – 2,506 of them – graduated on-time from APS in 2019 than any other year since 2012, when the state adopted the cohort graduation rate as required by federal law. The 2019 results also show that the APS rate lags behind the state graduation rate of 82 percent.

 

 

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