Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta, GA
APS logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Erroll B. Davis
Enrollment:50,131
Graduation rate:50.87%
Number of schools:102
Budget: $595.1 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Courtney D. English
Board members:9
Term length:4
Atlanta Public Schools is a school district in Georgia that serves the city of Atlanta. It is the 6th largest school district in Georgia, serving 50,131 students in 102 schools with an operating budget of $595.1 million.[1]

About the district

Atlanta Public Schools is located in Fulton County and DeKalb County

Atlanta Public Schools is located in parts of Fulton County and Dekalb County in Georgia. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County. Atlanta is home to 443,775 residents.[2]

Demographics

Atlanta outperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.6% of Atlanta residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.5% for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Atlanta was $45,946 compared to $49,736 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Atlanta was 23.2% compared to 16.5% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Atlanta(%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 38.4 59.7
Black or African American 54.0 30.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 3.1 3.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.2 8.8

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 34.4 64.1
2008 32.1 67.1
2004 39.9 59.3
2000 39.8 57.8



Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4]

Superintendent

Erroll Davis was appointed as superintendent in Atlanta Public Schools in July of 2011. Davis previously served as chancellor of the University System of Georgia, as chairman of the board of Alliant Energy Corporation and as president and CEO of WPL Holdings. He has served as a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and as a former chairman of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1965 and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago in 1967. He is a member of the board of directors of General Motors and Union Pacific Corp., and serves on the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) board and on the advisory board of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) along with numerous professional associations and civic organizations. He is a former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Board and the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Davis and his wife established the Davis Family Foundation, which gives annual grants to numerous students in need. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including recognition as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians,” the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “100 Most Influential Atlantans,” one of the “75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine, one of the “Top 50 Blacks in Technology” at the Black Engineer of the Year 2005 Awards Conference and the Carnegie Mellon Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Davis also was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America” by Fortune magazine, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and received a Bronze Medal in Financial World’s CEO of the Year competition.[5]

School board

The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education is composed of nine members serving four-year terms.[6]

Atlanta Public Schools,
MEMBER DISTRICT TERM ENDS
Leslie Grant District 1 2017
Byron D. Amos District 2 2017
Matt Westmoreland District 3 2017
Nancy M. Meister District 4 2017
Steven Lee District 5 2017
Eshe' Collins District 6 2017
Courtney D. English District 7 2017
Cynthia Briscoe Brown District 8 2017
Jason F. Esteves District 9 2017

School board elections

See also: Atlanta Public Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November every four years. All nine seats were up for elections in 2013 and all nine seats are up again in 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[7]

All Atlanta Board of Education meetings, other than executive sessions, shall be open to the public. Meetings shall be advertised by meeting notices posted at the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL), notifications in the news media, and other appropriate means such as the APS Web site. Opportunities for public comments shall be provided at one or more meetings prior to a meeting where official board action is taken.

Public comment opportunities are available for the board to hear from interested members of the community. Board members do not provide responses or engage in direct conversation during public hearings. If stakeholders wish to receive an answer to a specific question, please contact the board’s executive assistant or, for public hearings and the monthly community meeting, request a response by completing a written comment card at the speaker sign-in table. Members of the community may also submit non-personnel public comments to the board at the following email address: boardcomments@atlantapublicschools.us. The board executive assistant will read selected comments at the conclusion of the monthly community meeting.

Guidelines for Receiving Public Comment

Board Work Sessions

  • Work sessions shall be scheduled as necessary for the board to review and discuss pending issues.
  • The work session agenda shall be posted in the CLL and the news media shall be notified of the date, time, place and agenda at least 24 hours in advance.
  • No official board action shall be taken during a work session.
  • Minutes shall be kept of all work sessions. Following official approval, work session minutes are open to the public.
  • Work sessions shall be open to the public but time shall not be provided for public comment.

Public comment during the monthly Committee of the Whole meeting.

  • Following the board work session the board will enter into a Committee of the Whole to receive and discuss the superintendent’s agenda.
  • The board may receive public comment on specific agenda action items prior to the board’s discussion of agenda items during the Committee of the Whole meeting. The board shall receive general stakeholder comments at the community meeting.
  • The board shall allocate 30 minutes for public comment at the beginning of the Committee of the Whole meeting. Each speaker shall be given three minutes for comment.
  • Stakeholders, including elected officials, shall contact the board office at least one hour prior to the scheduled start time of the Committee of the Whole meeting to sign-in. The Board Office number is: (404) 802-2200.
  • Stakeholders who call-in within the sign-in time frame prior to the committee of the whole, but due to time constraints will not be able to provide comment at this meeting, may address up to three (3) minutes of comments to the board at the beginning of the community meeting if they so choose.

Public Hearings

  • At its discretion, the board may schedule public hearings for the purpose of receiving public comment on topics of high public interest or concern.*
  • Public hearing notices shall be posted in the CLL and local schools, and distributed via various media, such as news media, APS website, and e-mail as appropriate.
  • Stakeholders wishing to speak during a public hearing must sign up at least 10 minutes before the start of the hearing at the sign-in table.
  • Elected officials may request time to address the board by contacting the board’s executive assistant.
  • Each speaker shall be heard only once during the hearing. The board shall allocate one hour and thirty minutes for public comment during public hearings.
  • Each speaker will be given up to two (2) minutes. At the end of the two-minute limit, individuals will be asked to end their comments and leave the podium. The board may elect to hear community comments in any order or sequence and is not limited by the arrangement shown on the sign-up sheets.
  • Community members presenting highly detailed or complex information are asked to provide a written outline of their comments for the board members.
  • The board will not take public comment on personnel issues or statements regarding the character, professional competence, or the physical or mental health of an individual during a hearing. Communications regarding personnel issues should be sent in writing to: Atlanta Board of Education, 130 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
  • Persons are expected to honor meeting decorum. Applause, cheering, jeering, or speech that defames individuals or stymies or blocks meeting progress will not be tolerated and may be cause for removal from the meeting or for the board to suspend or adjourn the meeting.
  • Minutes of public hearings shall be prepared in summary form. After official approval by the board, summary minutes are open to the public. A verbatim transcript of the proceedings will not be prepared.

Community Meeting

  • The board shall allocate one hour to hear from the community during the monthly community meeting on any issue other than personnel.
  • Stakeholders wishing to address the board must register in person at the sign-in table from 5:00 pm to 5:50 pm on the day of the community meeting. Community members must list their names and the agenda item or topic they wish to address.
  • Elected officials may request time to address the board by contacting the board’s executive assistant.
  • If several individuals are concerned with the same issue and share the same opinion, they are required to select a spokesperson to represent the group.
  • Community members signing up to speak will be given up to two (2) minutes. At the end of the two-minute limit, individuals will be asked to end their comments and leave the podium. Speakers will address the board in the order in which they signed in.
  • Stakeholders presenting highly detailed or complex information are asked to provide a written outline of their comments for the board members.
  • The board will not take public comment on personnel issues or statements regarding the character, professional competence, or the physical or mental health of an individual during public meetings. Communications regarding personnel issues should be sent in writing to: Atlanta Board of Education, 130 Trinity Ave, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
  • Persons are expected to honor meeting decorum. Applause, cheering, jeering, or speech that defames individuals or stymies or blocks meeting progress will not be tolerated and may be cause for removal from the meeting or for the board to suspend or adjourn the meeting.
  • Board meeting attendance cannot exceed the seating capacity of the room in which the meeting is scheduled to be held. Whenever possible, the board will provide overflow seating for the meeting.
  • Minutes shall be kept of all regular school board meetings. After the minutes are officially approved by the board, which is generally at the next meeting, the minutes are open for public inspection via the online board agenda or by contacting the board office. Copies of board meeting minutes may be requested for a fee of $0.10 per page.

Regional Community Meeting

On a rotating basis the board shall each quarter hold one regional community meeting to receive public comments on relevant school district issues. The board shall allocate one hour and thirty minutes to receive public comment on any issue other than personnel. The same guidelines for the community meeting will apply. See Section D.

Executive (Closed) Sessions

  • Closed sessions shall be held pursuant to the Georgia Open Meetings Act and policy BCBK Executive Sessions.
  • A notice of the closed session shall be posted in the CLL and the news media shall be notified of the date, time, place and purpose of the meeting at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Closed sessions are not open to the public or news media.
  • Records of the meetings shall be consistent with state law.

[8]

Budget

Atlanta Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[9]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $362,252,677 60.9% $56,046,427 9.4% $176,824,698 29.7% $0 0% $0 0% $595,123,803
Averages: $362,252,677 61% $56,046,427 9% $176,824,698 30% $0 0% $0 0% $595,123,803

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule for teachers and media specialists:[10]

Atlanta Public Schools Teacher Salaries
Salary structure Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 44,312 66,467
MA 48,743 73,114
D 58,978 88,468


Schools in Atlanta Public Schools

Enrollment

The district served 50,131 PK-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced an 0.3% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2011:

Total enrollment[11]
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 49,991
2008-2009 49,032 -1.9
2009-2010 48,909 -0.3
2010-2011 49,796 1.8
2011-2012 50,009 0.4
2012-2013 49,558 -0.9
2013-2014 50,131 1.2

District schools

Atlanta Public Schools operates 102 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Atlanta Public Schools
Adamsville Elementary School
Anderson Park Elementary School
Aps-cep Partnership School
Arkwright Elementary School
Beecher Hills Elementary School
Benteen Elementary School
Bethune Elementary School
Blalock Elementary School
Boyd Elementary School
Brandon Elementary School
Brown Middle School
Bunche Middle School
Burgess Elementary School
C. W. Hill Elementary School
Campbell School
Capitol View Elementary School
Carver High School
Cascade Elementary School
Centennial Place Elementary School
Charles R. Drew Charter School
Cleveland Elementary School
Coan Middle School
Collier Heights Elementary School
Connally Elementary School
Continental Colony Elementary School
Cook Elementary School
Crim Evening Classes
Crim High School
D. H. Stanton Elementary School
Dobbs Elementary School
Douglass High School
Dunbar Elementary School
East Lake Elementary School
F. L. Stanton Elementary School
Fain Elementary School
Fickett Elementary School
Garden Hills Elementary School
Gideons Elementary School
Grady High School
Grove Park Elementary School
Harper/archer High School
Heritage Academy Elementary
Herndon Elementary School
Hope Elementary School
Howell Elementary School
Hubert Elementary School
Humphries Elementary School
Hutchinson Elementary School
Inman Middle School
Jackson Elementary School
Kennedy Middle School
Kimberly Elementary School
King Middle School
Lakewood Elementary School
Lin Elementary School
Long Middle School
M. A. Jones Elementary School
Mays High School
Mcgill Elementary School
Metro Atlanta Respite And Developmental Se...
Miles Elementary School
Mitchell Elementary School
Morningside Elementary School
Neighborhood Charter School
North Atlanta High School
Oglethorpe Elementary School
Parks Middle School
Parkside Elementary School
Perkerson Elementary School
Peterson Elementary School
Peyton Forest Elementary School
Pitts Elementary School
Price Middle School
Ragsdale Elementary School
Rivers Elementary School
Rusk Elementary School
School For Integrated Academics And Techno...
Scott Elementary School
Slater Elementary School
Smith Elementary School
South Atlanta High School
Southside High School
Sutton Middle School
Sylvan Hills Middle School
The Phoenix Program
Therrell High School
Thomasville Heights Elementary School
Toomer Elementary School
Towns Elementary School
Turner Middle School
University Community Academy
Usher Middle School
Venetian Hills Elementary School
Walden Middle School
Washington Evening High School
Washington High School
Waters Elementary School
West End Academy
West Fulton Middle School
West Manor Elementary School
White Elementary School
Whitefoord Elementary School
Williams Elementary School
Woodson Elementary School
Young Middle School

Academic performance

Adequate Yearly Progress

Academic performance statistics for the district are available via Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. These reports provide measurements defined by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which allow the U.S. Department of Education to determine the academic performance of every public school and school district across the country. In Georgia, a district meets AYP standards if they have 95% test participation, academic performance (Annual Measurable Objective) and a second indicator of either attendance rate or graduation rate. Atlanta Public Schools did not meet AYP in 2010 and 2011.[13]

District AYP scores
Performance Indicators 2010 2011
Test participation Y
600px-Yes check.png
Y
600px-Yes check.png
Academic performance N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png
Second indicator N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png
AYP Group Status N
600px-Red x.png
N
600px-Red x.png

Contact information

APS logo.jpg
Atlanta Public Schools

130 Trinity Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 802-3500

Website evaluation

Grade2.pngB
Taxes
{{{1}}}
Budget
{{{1}}}
Meetings
{{{1}}}
Elected Officials
{{{1}}}
Administrative Officials P
Partial.png
Contracts
{{{1}}}
Audits
{{{1}}}
Public Records P
Partial.png
Academics
{{{1}}}
Background Checks
{{{1}}}

School district websitesGuide.png
Transparency grading process

Last rated on February 2, 2012

The good

  • Tax rate is posted on budget presentation and revenue information is available.[14][15]
  • Budget information is posted.[16]
  • Contact information is available for all school board members.[17]
  • Board meetings, minutes, and agenda are posted online.[18]
  • Contact information for the superintendent is available[19]
  • Contracts and bidding/vendor information is available.[20]
  • Audits are available.[21]
  • Information is provided for how to file a public records request.[22]
  • Academic perfomance reports are available.[23]
  • Background checks are performed for all personnel, but are not available on the website.[24]

The bad

  • Contact information for some administrative officials can be hard to find or not found at all.
  • E-mail not provided for the public information officer.


See also


External links

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Suggest a link

References