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Martha Dalton

Reporter, Fill-in Host

Martha Dalton is WABE's education reporter. She came to the station in 2010 after working at CNN Radio. 

As a former teacher, her favorite stories take her back into classrooms to talk with students and teachers. Martha covers how education policy decisions--at the state, local, and federal levels--impact classrooms. Her reporting has also taken her to the courtroom to cover the trial and sentencing of twelve former Atlanta educators. She has partnered with NPR's  StateImpact to report on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. She is also a contributor to NPR's LatinoUSA and American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report

You can hear her filling in for local hosts of Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WABE's mid-day show, Closer Look. 

Martha has worked for radio stations in Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston, S.C.  In her former life, she worked as a teacher and reading specialist for students in grades K-12. She has a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s degree from Georgia State. 

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Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods in his office at the state Capitol, Feb. 13, 2015.
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Under a new federal law called the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act,’ all states are required to submit a comprehensive education plan to the federal government. The deadline is Monday. Georgia spent more than a year seeking input and developing a proposal. However, some state officials are still at odds over some of the specifics.

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Students in the DeKalb County schools will finally go back to class Friday. Schools in the state’s third-largest district have been closed since Tropical Storm Irma hit Atlanta Monday. DeKalb was hit harder than some other areas, like Cobb County, which resumed classes Wednesday.

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DeKalb Superintendent R. Stephen Green said county and school officials worked at "warp speed" to make sure students can safely return Friday.

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One nerve-wracking part of applying to college can be taking the entrance exam. Students usually choose between two: the ACT and the SAT. The ACT released its 2017 results Thursday.

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Georgia’s overall composite score improved, as did scores in each subject: English, reading, math and science. For the second consecutive year, Georgia’s composite score was slightly above the national average.