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Goodbye, dear readers. It's been one heck of a ride.

Maura Walz, far right, and the rest of the GothamSchools team at associate editor Philissa Cramer's wedding last fall. Photo by One Love Photo.
Maura Walz, far right, and the rest of the GothamSchools team at associate editor Philissa Cramer's wedding last fall. Photo by One Love Photo.

Here’s a small piece of news for New York, and a big one for GothamSchools: This will be my last post here.

Later this week I head to Atlanta, where I am about to begin covering education for Georgia Public Broadcasting. (That’s why we’re hiring.) In Georgia I’ll be part of a really exciting new project that will report on schools all around the South and will let me fulfill a long-time dream of working in radio.

Maybe, if I’m lucky, you’ll see links to some of my stories in Rise and Shine. If you know anyone who works in Georgia’s public schools, definitely let me know!

I’m excited to get to know a new school system with entirely different challenges and accomplishments. But I will miss New York and its byzantine system and impassioned parents, teachers, students and policy wonks.

I don’t want to leave without thanking you — GothamSchools’ readers, commenters and tipsters. Thanks for helping me learn something new about the New York City public schools every day I’ve been on this job. Thanks for holding me accountable when I’ve erred. And, most of all, thanks for being such curious and passionate readers with an intense interest in bettering schools.

No matter how much you can argue about the solutions to the problems of public education here — when you even agree on what the problems are — New York City is filled to the brim with people who care deeply about creating excellent public schools for every student. No matter what happens, your quest for better schools will make for a fascinating story. And it’s a story I will continue to follow as I transition from GothamSchools reporter to one of its many dedicated readers.

So farewell, and good luck to you all.

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