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Atlanta Public Schools is a school district in Georgia. APS is run by the Atlanta Board of Education. The system has a active enrollment of 54,956 students, attending a total of 100 schools: 59 elementary schools (three of which operate on a year-round calendar), 16 middle schools, 10 high schools, and 7 charter schools. The school system also supports two alternative schools for middle and/or high school students, two community schools, and an adult learning center.


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The good

  • Tax rate is posted on budget presentation and revenue information is available.[1][2]
  • Budget information is posted.[3]
  • Contact information is available for all school board members.[4]
  • Board meetings, minutes, and agenda are posted online.[5]
  • Contact information for the superintendent is available[6]
  • Contracts and bidding/vendor information is available.[7]
  • Audits are available.[8]
  • Information is provided for how to file a public records request.[9]
  • Academic perfomance reports are available.[10]
  • Background checks are performed for all personnel, but are not available on the website.[11]

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.

Leadership

The Atlanta Board of Education consists of nine members, representing six geographical districts and three "at-large" districts. One person is elected per district to represent the schools in a given district for a four-year term. Under the provisions of the Board charter, approved by the Georgia Legislature in 2003, Board members elect a new chairman and vice chairman every two years. The day-to-day administration of the school district is the responsibility of the Superintendent, who is appointed by the Board.

School Board

District/Seat Member
District 1 Brenda J. Muhammad
District 2 Khaatim Sherrer El
District 3 Cecily Harsch-Kinnane
District 4 Nancy Meister
District 5 LaChandra D. Butler Burks
District 6 Yolanda Johnson
Seat 7 Courtney English
Seat 8 Reuben McDaniel
Seat 9 Emmett Johnson

Teacher Contracts

Salary and contract information for teachers is not available through the public website. Contracts for teachers are offered yearly.

In March 2011, 450 teachers Atlanta Public Schools were notified that their contract renewals were put on hold during a cheating scandal in the district.[12] The holds were removed after a short period, and a district spokesperson blamed uncertainty over budgetary issues for the holds.

Administrative Officials

In March 2011, Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed was urged to take over Atlanta Public Schools amidst concerns that the district was about to lose state accreditation.[13] The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the Atlanta Public Schools on probation because of its governance issues in January 2011, and was given until September to meet certain criteria to rectify a series of problems that stemmed from a policy change directing the election of the board chairman and vice chairman in 2010.[14] Atlanta School Board Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El stepped down May 23, reportedly due to pressure from Atlanta's mayor in the wake of the investigations[15]

On June 29, 2011, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall announced her resignation, following accusations[16] that she participated in a cover-up of test tampering and cheating in the district.[17] Audits conducted by the state showed an unusually high number of erasures on standardized tests, prompting an investigation. Erroll Davis is set to take over as interim superintendent on Friday, July 1, 2011, and superintendent candidates began addressing the community June 29, 2011.[18]


Name Title
Erroll Davis Interim Superintendent[19]
Dr. Kathy Augustine Deputy Superintendent for Instruction
Larry L. Hoskins Deputy Superintendent for Operations
Sharron Pitts Chief of Staff
Chuck Burbridge Chief Financial Officer
Millicent Few Chief Human Resources Officer
Veletar Mazyck General Counsel
Dr. Alexis Kirjian Chief Strategy Officer
David Williamson Chief Information Officer

Unions

Collective bargaining is illegal since Georgia is a "right to work" state[20], so typical union activity is absent from Atlanta Public Schools. Teachers are allowed to join professional organizations. In Georgia, those include:

Budget

Atlanta Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[21]

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

Academic performance

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has posted a complete database of results from the 2011 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), tests administered in Georgia to students in grades 3 through 8 in April and May. The results for Atlanta Public Schools can be found here.

The district includes information on CRCT scores on their website.[22] Additional student academic performance information is available through the district's website under Strategy and Development.[23]

Cheating

APS was among the districts investigated for cheating on the CRCT in past school years.[24] The investigation found that at least 200 officials had change children's test scores over the past decade.[25] Indicators included reading comprehension increasing from 50 to 81 percent in one year.[25]

The superintendent of APS, Beverly Hall, was named the 2009 Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. Now she is being investigated for knowledge of the cheating or for ignoring complaints of cheating by teachers.[25]

Reform

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled 16 charter schools operating in Georgia unconstitutional in May 2011.[26] There are currently 13 charter schools in the Atlanta Public School district.[27]

The Atlanta Public Schools website includes detailed information on the board's policy for charter schools, and also includes information for charter school applicants.[28] The website also includes detailed information for public school choice applicants, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.[29] To accommodate families taking advantage of school choice, the district offers transportation to elementary and middle school students, and public transportation (MARTA) passes for high school students.

References

  1. Community Budget Presentation Ver. 2
  2. General Fund
  3. Budget
  4. Meet the Atlanta Board of Education
  5. Board Meetings
  6. Meet the Superintendent
  7. Purchasing Department
  8. Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and Audits
  9. Public Records
  10. Testing
  11. Background check site search
  12. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 21, 2011: "APS teachers' contracts held amid cheating scandal"
  13. Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 18, 2011: "Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed must act to save schools — business, foundation, faith leaders say"
  14. CNN, January 18, 2011: "Atlanta public high schools placed on probation"
  15. Reporter Newspapers, June 2, 2011: "Parents see progress with Atlanta public schools"
  16. AJC, June 21, 2011: "Ex-APS official: Hall ordered destruction of documents tied to cheating"
  17. Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2011: "Atlanta schools chief leaves amid cheating probe"
  18. AJC, June 29, 2011: "APS interim leader meets board"
  19. AJC, June 29, 2011: "APS interim leader meets board"
  20. Education Commission of the States Report 2002
  21. Atlanta Public Schools, "FY13-14 General Fund Budget," Accessed December 4, 2013
  22. APS CRCT information
  23. Strategy and Development
  24. AJC, June 21, 2011: "Ex-APS official: Hall ordered destruction of documents tied to cheating"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Washington Times, Atlanta's cheating ways: School officials changed test scores, July 7, 2011
  26. Wall Street Journal Blog, May 17, 2011: "Georgia Supreme Court Deals Blow to Charter Schools"
  27. Georgia Charters, list by county
  28. Charter Schools in APS
  29. No Child Left Behind

External links

Portions of this article were taken from AtlantaPublic Schools on Wikipedia, on 5/15/2011.