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Atlanta Residents Call on City to Close Detention Center

Your AM Rundown: Plus, APS approves a $1.46 billion budget for the next school year.

Residents want the Atlanta City Detention Center closed, despite millions in proposed funding going toward the jail. (Charles O'Rear/Getty Images)

Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • Community members voiced their support for the Atlanta City Detention Center’s closure at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The center, which reportedly holds fewer than 50 inmates per day, is currently set to receive a proposed $16.1 million in funding for next fiscal year’s budget that begins July 1. The budget will be finalized by June 30, but there are still chances to make your voice heard. Read how here
  • Vinings will not achieve cityhood, as a hand recount of election results for one Cobb County precinct confirmed its defeat. The accuracy of last month’s election results, which were scanned by equipment, was called into question, leading to the manual recount. The recount showed the exact same numbers as the equipment did. In the vote, 55% of voters opposed cityhood, while 45% supported it.
  • Atlanta Public Schools will receive $1.46 billion for the fiscal 2023 school year after its budget was approved by the city’s Board of Education. This is an increase from the 2021-22 budget, which is $1.39 billion. Included in the upcoming year’s budget is a pay raise for teachers and non-teachers. 
  • Feedback from residents on redevelopment plans for Gwinnett Place Mall is in. Top of mind for those who offered their input was making sure the plan prioritizes cultural diversity and equity at the forefront. A draft with 16 strategies was drawn up from the feedback, with many of the strategies focusing on affordable housing, job creation, and neighborhood services. Gwinnett County commissioners now plan to evaluate and incorporate the feedback into a proposal. 
  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the keynote speaker at Traffic Sales and Profit’s TSP LIVE conference. The June 23-25 conference at The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta is described as “the ultimate online sales and marketing event for African American entrepreneurs.” More information on the event, including how to secure tickets, can be found here.

ICYMI: Chauncey Alcorn, our politics reporter, was a guest on GPB’s “Political Rewind” podcast, where he talked about Black candidates and the importance of securing the support of Black voters. Listen here

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