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WABE’s Week In Review: Schools Reopening During A Pandemic And Election Officials Prep For Voters

Parents rallied at the Cobb County Civic Center to urge the school district to restore an in-person learning option when classes start Aug. 17.
Parents rallied at the Cobb County Civic Center to urge the school district to restore an in-person learning option when classes start Aug. 17.
Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

When the 2019-20 school year ended, most metro Atlanta public school students spent the last part of the spring semester learning remotely. As school districts started to plan for the upcoming school year, some — including Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton counties and the Marietta City Schools — told families they’d be able to choose between in-person and virtual learning. However, when coronavirus cases spiked in July, most school systems reversed course and decided to start the year 100% remotely. Martha Dalton reported that upset some parents, who think they should still have a choice to send their kids to school in-person.

A Busy Voting Season … 

There is a runoff election Tuesday, Aug. 11. There is a special election to fill the rest of the term of the late John Lewis in his 5th Congressional District on Sept. 29. And there is a general election in November. WABE’s “All Things Considered” team broadcast live Friday from State Farm Arena, which was the last day of early voting. It was there that host Jim Burress spoke with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

On the November ballot, Nikema Williams replaces the late John Lewis for the 5th Congressional District. Williams spoke this week to WABE’s Lisa Rayam about taking the spot on the ballot left by a political giant and civil rights icon.

Fani Willis is challenging Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary runoff election. (Associated Press photos)
Fani Willis is challenging Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary runoff election. (Associated Press file photos)

The Heated DA’s Race in Fulton County…

One of the tightest and most important races in the Aug. 11 runoff election is for Fulton County district attorney. As Emma Hurt reported, it comes on the heels of ethics allegations and scrutiny over how the incumbent handled the case of the killing of Rayshard Brooks.