Category Archives: APS Board of Education

Citizens Denounce APS Turnaround Strategy that Favors Developers, Private Interests

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(APN) ATLANTA — Teachers, students, parents, and community members packed the Atlanta Public School Board of Education (APS BOE) meeting on Monday, February 01, 2016 to voice opposition to Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s recently announced school turnaround strategy.   The strategy aims to improve schools that Gov. Nathan Deal has deemed “failing,” so that they would not be subject to state […]

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Long-Time Education Advocates Launch New Organization, Public Education Matters Georgia

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(APN) ATLANTA — With controversial changes to public education coming down Georgia’s legislative pipeline, parents and teachers are ramping up their organizing efforts, among them three Atlanta women who recently launched a new group called Public Education Matters Georgia (PEMG).   Former Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Cecily Harsch-Kinnane (District 3), Janet Kishbaugh, and Carolyn Wood have been […]

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Sen. Fort Announces Ethics Bill in Response to APS Erin Hames Contract

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) has announced new legislation to prevent unethical arrangements like Erin Hames’s recent deal with Atlanta Public Schools.   As Atlanta Progressive News previously reported, Hames was Gov. Nathan Deal’s education policy advisor until she left her post to work as a consultant for schools that face the possibility of state takeover […]

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ANALYSIS: APS Board Chair Opposes OSD, albeit with Forked Tongue

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(APN) ATLANTA — On August 28, 2014 Georgia Stand Up hosted an education town hall attended by some members of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, including Leslie Grant (District 1), Byron Amos (District 2), Matt Westmoreland (District 3), and Chairman Courtney English (Seat 7-at-large).   The public pressed Board Members to take a clear stance on Gov. Nathan […]

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APS Files Suit to Clear Title on Surplus Properties, despite Atlanta’s Claims

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(APN) ATLANTA — On March 26, 2015, Atlanta Independent School System (known as Atlanta Public Schools) filed a lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court against “All Persons Known Or Unknown Who Claim Or Might Claim Adversely To Plaintiff’s Title To Real Property Known As 711 Catherine Street, 202 Milton Avenue, 1261 Lockwood Drive, 350 Autumn Lane, All Located in Fulton.” […]

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Atlanta Council Passes Weak Resolutions on APS Surplus Property Dispute

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(APN) ATLANTA — A dispute over the former George Adair Elementary School property in southwest Atlanta has been lobbed back to Mayor Kasim Reed’s office after the City Council of Atlanta passed two resolutions at the Monday, March 02, 2015 Full Council Meeting.   One of the resolutions passed by the Council seeks to evaluate all properties being used by […]

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Questions Surround Rep. Rashad Taylor’s Residency

(APN) ATLANTA — Numerous questions surround the residency of State Rep. Rashad Taylor (D-Atlanta), and the legislator has not maintained complete records of his address with the office of the Secretary of State of Georgia, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. APN began its inquiry into Rep. Taylor’s many addresses in January 2011, when Atlanta Public Schools parents Allison Adair and […]

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APS Board Votes to Close Seven Schools, Preserve Three More

(APN) ATLANTA — On April 10, 2012, the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted at a meeting held at Jackson High School, to close seven out of ten schools that at the time were being proposed by Superintendent Errol Davis for closure: Kennedy and Parks Middle Schools, and Capitol View, Cook, East Lake, Herndon, and White Elementary Schools. […]

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Coan Middle School Spared in APS Closures Battle

With additional reporting by Matthew Cardinale, News Editor.  Photograph by Marko Robinson. (APN) ATLANTA — Parents scored a recent victory when Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis announced that Coan Middle School was no longer on a list of APS schools being considered for closure. Coan Middle School is located in the Kirkwood community in east Atlanta, and, like many […]

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APS Board’s New Ethics Commission Has Three Pending Cases

  (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education has restructured its Ethics Commission, which is tasked with investigating ethics complaints made against Board Members, and the newly re-formed Commission is currently preparing to hear cases again.  This includes three pending cases filed last year by APS parent Janet Kishbaugh against Board Members Courtney English, Yolanda Johnson, and […]

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Amos Wins APS BOE Run-off, Raffensperger in Johns Creek

  (APN) ATLANTA — Byron Amos, the parent and community activist whose work promoting rap artists for UGK Records caused controversy in the community, has been elected to serve as the District 2 representative for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education. Amos will serve through the end of the 2013 term, filling an unexpired seat for former Board Chairman […]

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Khaatim El, David Dorsey Fund Brown’s APS Campaign

  (APN) ATLANTA — In the five-person race to elect a replacement for former Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Khaatim El (District 2), El has indicated which candidate he is supporting, with his dollars: Angela Brown’s October 2011 disclosure shows a 500 dollar donation from El. In addition, Brown’s disclosure shows a 125 dollar donation from David Dorsey, […]

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Fulton, DeKalb Voters to Consider School Sales Tax Renewal

(APN) ATLANTA — In upcoming the November 08, 2011, election, Atlanta, Decatur, DeKalb, and Fulton voters will decide whether to renew a one percent, or one penny per dollar, sales tax for educational infrastructure.  If approved, this would be the third renewal, or Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) IV. Working families are hurting in the current economy, and Atlanta’s […]

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APN Chat with Angela Brown, APS Board Candidate

  (APN) ATLANTA — In continuing a series of interviews with candidates for the Atlanta Public Schools District 2 Special Election, Atlanta Progressive News sat down with Angela Brown. APN previously interviewed candidates Byron Amos, Dwanda Farmer, and Donald Walker, and left a voicemail requesting an interview with candidate Michael Jeter on his personal cell phone. Brown served as a […]

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APN Chat with Dwanda Farmer, APS Board Candidate

(APN) ATLANTA — In our ongoing series of interviews with candidates for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 2 Special Election, Atlanta Progressive News sat down with Dwanda Farmer. Previously, APN has interviewed Byron Amos.  APN also has requested an interview with Angela Brown and did receive a response from her campaign.  In the near future, APN hopes […]

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