With so many contenders in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral race, a fair amount of City Council seats turned over to new representatives. See who’s returning to the Council get to know the new members and see who was replaced, all listed below. MEET THE NEW COUNCIL PRESIDENT: FELICIA A. MOORE Moore, a real estate broker and resident of northwest Atlanta's Collier Heights neighborhood, was elected to the City Council in 1997. Prior to becoming Council President, Moore represented District 9. She has a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Central State University in Ohio and a Master of Science in Administration degree from Central Michigan University. She replaces Ceasar C. Mitchell, who ran for Atlanta mayor in 2017, as Council President. MEET THE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS Farohki is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Briteweb and a resident of downtown Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. He is among the new Council members elected in 2017, replacing former … [Read more...] about Who’s among the new faces on the Atlanta City Council?
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The search to replace Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa could be quick and narrow. Board members, as well as departing superintendent Robert Avossa, say the school district may be able to avoid an expensive search for a new schools chief by hiring from within. An internal search may also help School Board members achieve their goal of hiring a replacement before Avossa’s last day on June 12. “If we do an internal search, it’s a little quicker, so that could be a deciding factor,” School Board Chairman Chuck Shaw said. “I think we have some good people internally.” Avossa agreed, writing in his resignation letter, “I recommend the board consider appointing an internal candidate that has intimate knowledge of our work and has demonstrated the ability to deliver results.” Here are some current district administrators that some School Board members have floated as possible contenders as the new superintendent.: __ David … [Read more...] about Palm Beach School Board expects to hire within for new superintendent
EDITOR'S NOTE: On May 17, 1954, a hushed crowd of spectators packed the Supreme Court, awaiting word on Brown vs. Board of Education, a combination of five lawsuits brought by the NAACP's legal arm to challenge racial segregation in public schools. The high court decided unanimously that "separate but equal" education denied black children their constitutional right to equal protection under the law, effectively removing a cornerstone that propped up Jim Crow, or state-sanctioned segregation of the races.Associated Press reporter Herb Altschull chronicled the decision and what it meant for segregation, which in 1954 permeated many aspects of American life. Using the style and language of journalists of his era, including a reference to Asians as "Orientals," Altschull captured the uncertainty hanging over a society on the brink of seismic change. Here is Altschull's compelling report. The Supreme Court ruled today that the states of the nation do not have the right to separate … [Read more...] about Brown vs. Board of Education: Here’s what happened in 1954 courtroom
JEFFERSON CITY • Over the strong objections of their more experienced counterparts, Gov. Eric Greitens’ newly minted allies on the state board of education began moving quickly Thursday to replace Missouri’s top school official. In a 5-3 vote, the board decided to put the hiring of a school commissioner on a fast track by opening up the application process on Friday and closing it on Jan. 8. The short window of just 14 business days during a holiday period had observers at the state Board of Education offices speculating that the five new members already have a candidate in mind for the $190,000-per-year job. Board member Eddy Justice, a Greitens appointee, denied that was the case and said he received no direction from the Republican chief executive when the two visited earlier in the week at a holiday party at the Governor’s Mansion. “He just thanked me for my service,” Justice told the Post-Dispatch. Other Greitens appointees said … [Read more...] about Greitens allies put hiring for Missouri school chief on fast track
As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive innovation. Income inequality, affordable housing, climate change, sustainable development, public health, participatory government—cities are tackling them all, bringing new urgency to some of the most vital questions of the day. Welcome to the age of big city progressivism! Cities Rising is The Nation ’s contribution to the conversation. Lillie Estes has lived all thirty-five years of her adult life in Richmond, Virginia. She has spent the last twelve of them in one of the vast, and geographically isolated, public housing tracts that are home to tens of thousands of the city’s poorest residents. These are bleak neighborhoods, carved out of the Deep Southern bedrock of slavery, segregation and an … [Read more...] about Is the Former Capital of the Confederacy Finally Ready to Confront Its Poverty—and Its Past?
ATLANTA — As dozens of educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal prepare for the next phase of the legal process, some area African Americans view the indictments as overkill.The school system indictments — which featured the unprecedented spectacle of black educators, traditionally among the most respected figures in their community, taking a "perp walk" on the evening news — exposed the racial fault lines in the city known as the Black Mecca."The community is saying this is wrong. We're treating these educators like they're criminals, like they're drug dealers, like they're gangsters," said Timothy McDonald III, pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church and a member of Atlanta's Concerned Black Clergy. "Yes, fire the ones who cheated, but this is overreaching."On March 29, a Fulton County grand jury indicted 35 Atlanta educators, including former superintendent Beverly Hall, in what prosecutors call a huge cheating conspiracy stretching … [Read more...] about School cheating scandal shakes up Atlanta
Last Tuesday, eight Atlanta Public Schools employees were sentenced to prison in one of the largest school cheating scandals in American history. But you wouldn't know they were cheaters based on how they were treated in court. The educators were convicted of racketeering — a felony typically reserved for mob bosses, drug kingpins and terrorists.The Atlanta teachers are now the latest victims of overcriminalization. They were charged under a law that had nothing to do with their actions. For years, the educators quietly changed students' answers on the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, dramatically boosting the scores. They did so because the tests are tied to the state's funding for schools affecting their pay and employment.The educators should be held responsible for their actions, but the punishment should also fit the crime. While similar scandals have occurred in 39 different states and Washington, D.C., the offenders have rarely been prosecuted as criminals. … [Read more...] about Atlanta’s cheating teachers are not mobsters: Column
Some students at Englewood’s public high school might be left without enough credits to graduate this year, while others who graduated years ago might be told they were never eligible to receive a high school diploma after corrections are made to students' transcripts that had been altered over the years.Angry students at Dwight Morrow High School and the [email protected] walked out of classes on Friday morning, demanding answers after the principal and nine other high-level school district employees were suspended with pay pending an investigation into widespread changes that were made to students’ grades and the amount of credits they received for completing courses.The suspensions were announced Thursday night when Robert Kravitz, the district superintendent, said during a Board of Education meeting that an audit by an independent consultant found more than 3,000 credit and grade changes related to graduation.“That’s an abnormal … [Read more...] about School officials to meet with Englewood students after grade changes are found
Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating allegations on standardized tests but either ignored them or tried to hide them, according to a state investigation. An 800-page report released Tuesday to The Associated Press by Gov. Nathan Deal's office through an open records request shows several educators reported cheating in their schools. But the report says Hall, who won the national Superintendent of the Year award in 2009, and other administrators ignored those reports and sometimes retaliated against the whistleblowers. The yearlong investigation shows educators at nearly four dozen Atlanta elementary and middle schools cheated on standardized tests by helping students or changing the answers once exams were handed in. The investigators also found a "culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation" in the school district over the cheating allegations, which led to educators lying about the cheating or destroying documents to cover it up, according to … [Read more...] about Atlanta schools superintendent Beverly Hall knew about cheating on standardized tests
For a decade, city and neighborhood leaders have been trying to remake The Meadows on Indianapolis’ Northeastside from a blighted, dangerous area into a livable neighborhood for families.Today, Mayor Greg Ballard made the case that The Meadows has turned a corner and that the spark was the establishment of new, high quality schools.“It is remarkable to see the transformation of Avondale Meadows,” he said. “Every student in every neighborhood has a fundamental right to high quality education and the opportunity to define his or her own life path.”At a ribbon cutting for a sixth Meadows charter school — Tindley Collegiate, a middle school for girls — Ballard announced his plan to copy the schools-driven approach in two other neighborhoods — 16 Tech, a redevelopment around the former Bush Stadium on the Near Westside and at the former Central State Hospital on the Westside.Ballard said he will put schools at the center of his neighborhood … [Read more...] about Mayor Greg Ballard wants to improve neighborhoods by creating high quality schools