Round-Up of APS Headlines from the Past Week

July 19, 2014

APS News

*** Beltline/APS Dispute

*** Cheating Scandal

*** Board of Education

State School Superintendent Race

Non APS News and Opinions of Interest

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Mayor Reed slams residents on APS/Beltline issue – fails to set meeting for negotiations [Updated]

July 16, 2014

[Update - Creative Loafing also published the City Administration's response (see here) - take a look at the comments over there - they do not seem to be flowing in the Mayor's favor. In addition, CL points to the guest contributors prior accomplishments in working with the government - see here and here]

The spokesperson for Mayor Reed issued an email in an attempt to refute information contained in an opinion piece on the APS/Beltline dispute published by  Creative Loafing. The opinions were presented by Atlanta residents Jarod Apperson and Connor Sen (both of whom have previously offered well-informed and thoughtful opinions on various APS issues) in a piece titled “Can everyone win in the APS/Beltline dispute?”

In their considered opinion, they answered the question with a strong – Yes.

However, they also took the Mayor to task for his previous intemperate remarks, negotiating in the headlines and overall confrontational style. The Mayor took this as a challenge and, through his spokesperson, took the opportunity to malign one more set of constituents in the City.

Per the email,

The authors of the BeltLine op-ed either don’t know the facts of the negotiations…or were deliberately misleading.

In today’s hyper-digital age, anyone can post their opinion online attempting to cast themselves as somehow relevant on any given topic. We understand the current reality and welcome a fair and honest exchange. But for CL to dedicate any space on the future of the BeltLine to the musings of two individuals, neither of whom have experience running a complex organization or delivering concrete results for a major American city, merits a response from someone who has a bit more substantive insight. 

The author of the email - Interim Director of Communications Carlos Campos – then relates his journalistic credentials, but then fails to tell us his “experience running a complex organization or delivering concrete results for a major American city” and then proclaims his response is “from someone who has a bit more substantive insight.”

OK – so let’s get to the substance of what Apperson and Sen got wrong or was misleading. You can read the whole email below, but as far as I can see – other than trying to assassinate the messengers – the author does not point to any single error or misleading fact. Instead he simply goes on a ‘cheerleading rant’ for his boss. He then accuses Apperson and Sen of presenting “nothing new” but ignores his own admonition and presents – “nothing new”.

To Apperson and Sen – you are now in the good company of others that Reed has recently maligned, including retired Superintendent Davis and APS Board Chair English.

Oh – and after all of the sensational headlines, whiny outbursts and insults where does the negotiations stand at this point? APS stands ready to enter into further negotiations with the Mayor and the City Council has offered to assist in the process as “peacemaker”.

So why is this issue not moving forward to a reasonable conclusion?

It is quite simple – over the last 6-8 weeks Mayor Reed has failed to set up a time and place to restart negotiations. Maybe it is time to get off the front page and listen to the concerned citizens of Atlanta who value both the Beltline project and the Atlanta Public Schools. There can be a “win-win” resolution, but this cannot happen until both sides sit down at the table.

Mayor Reed – the ball has been in your court - set a time to negotiate with APS and get on with it!

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Full text of email sent out by Reed administration below.

RESPONSE BY REED ADMINISTRATION TO GUEST COLUMN IN CREATIVE LOAFING ON ATLANTA BELTLINE/ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISPUTE

Interim Director of Communications Carlos Campos responds to criticisms in July 9 column

The authors of last week’s Creative Loafing column, “Can everyone win in the APS/BeltLine dispute?” sorely missed the mark in their analysis of Mayor Kasim Reed’s position on the future of the Atlanta BeltLine and funding for Atlanta Public Schools (APS). As a former journalist of 17 years at award-winning newspapers including The Times-Picayune and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, I remember that guest columns were reserved for experts on a given topic. It’s clear that CL has relaxed that standard somewhat. The authors of the BeltLine op-ed either don’t know the facts of the negotiations and this Administration’s record in support of both the BeltLine and Atlanta Public Schools, or were deliberately misleading.

In today’s hyper-digital age, anyone can post their opinion online attempting to cast themselves as somehow relevant on any given topic. We understand the current reality and welcome a fair and honest exchange. But for CL to dedicate any space on the future of the BeltLine to the musings of two individuals, neither of whom have experience running a complex organization or delivering concrete results for a major American city, merits a response from someone who has a bit more substantive insight.  Simply put: not one of the ideas put forth by the authors is new. Not one of them.  It is also disappointing and surprising that CL did not ask the city to provide a counter point of view in an interest to balance the simplistic assertions put forth by these authors.

There’s no shortage of blame to go around for the position we find ourselves in today regarding a deeply flawed 2005 agreement between the Atlanta BeltLine and APS. But as any first year attorney knows, only the most naïve take the position that “a contract is a contract.” Contracts are renegotiated every day. In fact, representatives for the Atlanta BeltLine and APS had made good progress on private contract renegotiations before some parties decided to handle the discussions through the press and create a manufactured crisis. This funding impasse can be solved, but Mayor Kasim Reed won’t back down from what he believes is best for the City of Atlanta — both its students and its future prosperity.

As Mayor, he has repeatedly shown his deep commitment to a strong public school system and the education of this city’s children. During his first year in office, as APS reeled from allegations about widespread cheating on standardized tests, Mayor Reed played a pivotal role in making sure the system did not lose its accreditation. That would have been a disastrous outcome for this city’s children, its business community and the state of Georgia as a whole. Mayor Reed led the effort to reform the previous school board, supporting a bill to remove board members who fail to achieve accreditation on their watch, and then actively recruited Erroll Davis to serve as Superintendent to stabilize the system. More recently, he led the fundraising effort to raise $250,000 to fund new Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s transition into the position and give her a foundation upon which to build a much stronger Atlanta school system.

At the same time, no one has been a stronger proponent of economic development — from recruiting Fortune 500 companies, bringing new tech jobs to the city and boosting tourism and transportation — than Mayor Reed. And that includes his unwavering commitment to the rapid development of the Atlanta BeltLine, a project that has already made a tremendous positive impact on the value and vitality of every neighborhood it has touched.

It’s worth noting that the International Real Estate Federation recently recognized the Atlanta BeltLine as the best environmental rehabilitation project in the world during their conference focused on Building Humanity. The BeltLine is more than just another city project. It’s a transformational redevelopment of the city’s core and its success accrues to the bottom line of every partner at the negotiating table. And it’s fundamentally changing the fabric of our city, drawing families with children, retirees, entrepreneurs and others energized by the unprecedented connectivity of the city’s diverse communities.

Mayor Reed’s active and tangible support of the project began when he was a State Senator. He authored the bill putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot to approve the use of Tax Allocation Districts, thereby preserving the Atlanta BeltLine’s funding source.  Over the past several years, the City of Atlanta kept its commitment to funding for the BeltLine during the worst economic downturn in 80 years and leveraged more than $41 million in private and philanthropic contributions. Mayor Reed directed his Administration to work together creatively to leverage funds from the Department of Watershed Management and Department of Parks and Recreation to build the Historic Fourth Ward Park and make additional park improvements along the BeltLine. And when concerns arose about safety on the Atlanta BeltLine, he worked to secure $1.8 million in federal funding to stand up the BeltLine PathForce, a team of sworn Atlanta police officers dedicated to fighting crime along the corridor.  He also led the effort to win $18 million in TIGER V funds for the construction of the southwest corridor – the largest expansion of the BeltLine since its inception.  Right now, Mayor Reed is co-chairing a $10 million capital campaign to raise private and philanthropic contributions for the BeltLine this summer, already raising $9.5 million in less than 100 days.

It’s clear Mayor Reed is deeply committed to APS and to the BeltLine. His administration is prepared to take any reasonable steps necessary to address the concerns of APS while ensuring that the City continues its positive financial trajectory. The fundamental answer to the question “Can everyone win?” is a resounding YES.  Atlantans should have every confidence that Mayor Reed and his Administration will resolve the current roadblock.  He’s kept every promise he made as a candidate, including re-opening the city’s recreation centers, reforming the city’s pension plan, standing up a force of 2,000 police officers and not raising property taxes.  Doing hard things is hard. But Mayor Reed has shown that he will not give away all of the progress our city has made through hard work, sacrifice and determined effort because someone shows up and says “you can cut a check.” He loves the city too much for that.

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Carstarphen announces “Day One: Be There” campaign – and more

July 16, 2014

Atlanta Public School Superintendent Carstarphen, in her prepared remarks, announced a campaign to improve attendance and to get students enrolled and attending the first day of school. Talk Up APS reported APS,

…launched a city-wide attendance campaign during the July Board of Education meeting encouraging parents and students to ‘be there’ for the first day of school, August 4, 2014.

 “We’re excited about a message we want students and families to hear loudly and clearly – Day One: Be There.  August 4 is the first day of school in Atlanta Public Schools, and we need every student to be there on the first day and every day after that,” said the superintendent.  “We want the world to know that August 4 is not only the first day of school; it’s the first day of instruction.”

The campaign seeks to break the myth that missing the first day or only a few days of school is normal and doesn’t impact academic achievement.

 “We’re going to use every neighborhood, partnership and communications channel at our disposal to spread the word about the importance of the first day and every day of school,” said the superintendent.

A number of groups are joining in the effort to get students enrolled and prepared for the first day including the Morehouse School of Medicine( which will provide parents with the ability to register and immunize their children), Chick-fil-A, Dollar General, the Georgia Aquarium, Macy’s, Six Flags and Stone Mountain Park to support the campaign. A website has been set up to provide a complete list of back to school activities, registration time periods and other information regarding the registration process.

In addition, Carstarphen also indicated that the following activities and actions not related to Day One were underway, including,

  • The appointment of an outsourced General Counsel and a review of the Legal Department with the objective of saving at least $1 million (see more here).
  • All 22 principal vacancies have been filled using an improved selection process.
  • An Executive Director for High Schools has been appointed to support the principals.
  • The process of developing the standards for evaluating the superintendent is underway.
  • Several central office departments are under review including the Legal Department, the Communications Department, the Organizational Advancement Department, the Testing and Compliance Department and she indicated there would be others as well.
  • Several key roles remain open and any current or new employees must understand that all conversations must be about “children first”.
  • Working under a “30, 60, 90 day entry plan” to make sure that all APS leadership – including senior staff, in-school leaders and other departmental leaders – understands the detailed steps that will be necessary to change the culture in APS and drive change through the system.
  • As of today, more than 560 teachers have been hired of which 250 will be new to the teaching profession. There are still approximately 60 teaching positions open.
  • Central staff and principals will be meeting on a regular basis to work out any issues or problems to make sure that the schools are receiving the support they need.

Carstarphen then reemphasized the need to get the kids in school on Day One – “we can’t teach them unless they are in front of a teacher”. Over 5,000 children are not in class on Day One and the campaign is focused on reducing this to get the school year off to a good start.

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Recap of the regular monthly Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education meeting

July 16, 2014

The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday and the following is a recap of the actions taken during the meeting. For a complete list of items and explanations of the actions items, see the prior post here. In addition, the entire meeting was live-streamed and can be seen here.

Chair English provided a brief review of the Equity Audit received by the district. A summary of the findings of the Equity Audit can be seen here. He also briefly discussed the ongoing APS/Beltline dispute and stated that the Board was strongly in favor of the Beltline project and looked forward to reaching a resolution that was beneficial to Atlanta economic development and the education of the Atlanta students.

During the Legislative Meeting, Superintendent Carstarphen made her initial presentation and focused on the importance of “Day One” to getting a great start on the upcoming new school year. In addition, she reviewed some of her activities during the transition period, including filling the 22 open principal positions, hiring an Executive Director for High Schools to support the new in-school leaders, developing a superintendent evaluation and, in with the Board, identifying additional short and long-term needs.

The Board changed its procedure regarding how it will address the consent agenda items going forward and brought the list of items for a vote as one item. Board members can comment on any item prior to the vote, but members are urged to as their questions and provide their comments in advance of the meeting. As a result, there were no Board member comments or questions on any of the consent agenda items during either the Work Session or the Legislative Session. The following are all the items approved under the consent agenda with a vote of 9-0:

  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Cancer Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Dental Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Term Life Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Vision Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Digital Learning Content – $654,000 Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Hazardous and Universal Waste Disposal and Transfer Services – $100,000
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Instructional Materials and Supplies – $1,700,000
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide K-2 Reading Foundation Instructional Materials and Training – $530,000
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Professional Learning Services for Instructional Staff – $219,000
  • Authorization to Accept the Perkins IV- Program Improvement Grant and Annual Plan – $604,303 Authorization to Transfer Funds from the General Fund to the Lottery Fund – $350,000
  • Approval of the FY2015 Budget for BuildSmart Capital Projects to be Funded from the Proceeds from SPLOST
  • Authorization to Negotiate and Complete the Sale of the Carter Facility

[Comment – I understand why the Board has changed their procedures on the consent agenda items as it makes the meeting much shorter and more efficient. However, in the past, the reasons and the description given by the administration for recommending approval of the items has been very limited and superficial. Often the public comments or questions posed by Board members were very helpful to further understand of the item being voted upon. Now that all of this is being done in advance of the meeting, we have lost any insight into concerns the Board members might have or any answers to clarifying questions the members might pose. My suggestion is that the Chair provide a brief summary of issues raised by Board members and any a review of clarifying answers on the items in the consent agenda.]

In addition, the following resolutions were approved by the Board – all on a vote of 9-0. The resolutions passed can be seen in full at the links below.

 

 

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APS Board of Education approves agreement for outsourced general counsel & legal services [Updated]

July 14, 2014

The Atlanta Public School Board of Education approved on a preliminary basis entering into a contract with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP that provides for Glenn Brock, who is a partner in the law firm, to provide legal services to the district. In addition, Glenn Brock will serve as General Counsel. The approval – on a vote of 8-0 (Meister was not in attendance) was held during the Board Work Session and final approval is likely to be given during the Legislative Session later today. [Update] During the Legislative Meeting, the Board voted 9-0 to approve the letter agreement.

The letter agreement (see here) provides a summary of the working relationship and includes the also refers toTerms of Engagement (the “Terms”), which are incorporated herein by reference” which had not been initially released by APS.

[Update] I received the “Terms of Engagement” (that was incorporated by reference) shortly after posting this. The Terms of Engagement is a standard list of items that Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP attaches to every engagement letter and it does not include any non-standard terms or conditions that would alter the Letter Agreement. The post has been updated to reflect this.

Some of the key points in the letter are as follows:

We will represent AISS [Atlanta Independent School System] with the New Engagement and any of its related or affiliated or associated persons or entities (collectively, “Affiliates”), its officers, directors, agents, or employees (collectively “Agents”), in connection with the New Engagement.

I will serve as the attorney responsible for the handling of this New Engagement …Other Nelson Mullins’ attorneys, as well as paralegals and other professionals, may also assist me in the representation of legal matters as needed to support the day to day legal needs of the District…

This is not intended to include those type matters currently sent to outside firms (except for special education hearings which Nelson Mullins attorneys provided prior to my appointment as General Counsel.) 

Our first priority will be to conduct an assessment of the legal needs of the District….Following that process, we will develop and recommend a process for delivering timely and high quality legal services to the District.

Simultaneously, I will also perform the duties of the General Counsel as outlined in the Charter, including providing leadership and management of the District’s Legal Department.

I understand and agree that all law firms currently on the approved law firm list shall remain.

However, assignments to Nelson Mullins, which is currently on said approved list, other than those described above, will require the prior approval of the Superintendent.  

Nelson Mullins shall provide legal services for the blended hourly rate of $275.00. My services will be provided either at the same blended hourly rate, or at the daily rate of $2,000.00 or $1,000.00 for a half day. The Board of Education and the Superintendent may select their preference of billing for how my services are to be billed.

Based on the statement made by several Board members, they believe that adequate controls are in place to ensure the elimination of any conflicts of interest that may arise as a result of the relationship. Superintendent Carstarphen also indicated the following:

  • There is an expectation that the reorganization of the legal department will save up to $1 million in the first year.
  • Subsequent to the first year, the cost of the legal department should be brought in line with other like size and type districts.
  • The savings will be directed to future in-school spending.
  • To further manage legal spending and risks will require a combined effort between several parts of the organization. This includes the Board of Education, the Legal Department, the Human Resources Employee Relations function, and (on the recommendation of the Internal Auditor) the appointment of Jodi Merriday as the APS Ombudsman (see here) to engage the public.

My sense is that the Board thoroughly vetted this proposal and, based on the information released so far, the agreement appears reasonable. However, it will be important to see the “Terms of Engagement” document. I have already submitted an Open Records request for the information and will report more upon its receipt.

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Atlanta Public School Board of Education meeting – time for some questions & comments

July 14, 2014

The Atlanta Public School Board of Education will meet today for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This will be the first meeting for new Superintendent Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen. The following are the agenda items with a few questions and comments. The Work Session and the Legislative sessions will be live-streamed. See the full agenda here.

First, let me say that I believe this is the first time in a long time that the attachments to the agenda were finalized prior to their release last Thursday. Typically, all of the items that might be considered controversial were not released until several hours prior to the start of the meeting. This is a great first step in improving the transparency of the Board’s and administrations activities – in other words, no surprises held back until the last-minute. Bravo!

There are three presentations scheduled, including:

  • Board norms – presented by Courtney D. English, Board Chair – this will be a review of items discussed at a previous offsite planning meeting between the Board and the new superintendent. The list of items discussed can be seen here.
  • District Flexibility Options Update – presented by Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, Superintendent – the district will have to select the operating model and needs to make a decision by November 1st to be able to being implementing the selected structure next year. The three alternative operating models available to the district are: Investing in Educational Excellence School System (IE2), a Charter System and a Status Quo School System. Each model provides some variation on the level of flexibility regarding the state regulations that will cover the district. See the summary presentation here.
  • Financial Update – Chuck Burbridge, Chief Financial Officer – see the presentation here. Nothing has changed from the previous month and the district is still projecting that it will balance the revenues and expenditures for FY14.

Except for the first item below, most items on the agenda matters appear to be fairly routine.

Approval of General Counsel ContractPursuant the board’s vote on June 19, 2014, Report 13/14-0121 entitled, RESOLUTION APPOINTING AN ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS GENERAL COUNSEL, Glenn Brock was appointed as General Counsel.  The Superintendent and General Counsel have negotiated the terms of the attached agreement and bring it forward for action. See the agreement here.

[Comment – I had previously expressed some concerns regarding this relationship. The agreement appears to address my main concern of a conflict of interest and, given the structures established, the agreement appears reasonable. A key component of the relationship are the prior assessments that there would be a cost savings for legal services. I will track the costs closely to see if in fact the savings are realized.]

Authorization to Revise Policy BBBC Board Member Development OpportunitiesAt the June 19, 2014 meeting of the board’s Policy Review Committee, the committee recommended a revision to policy BBBC. This revision removes a specific list of organizations that may be included on the “allowable” providers of board member development as well as a dollar amount for the maximum limit for board member travel reimbursements. Both the list of approved providers and the annual cap for travel expenditures will be determined annually in the board’s plan for board development.

Personnel Actions Gains, Losses, Promotions, Appointments, Creations, Reclassifications and Abolishments – see the complete list here and a detailed summary of in-school leaders and administrative personnel changes here. The following items are authorizations to enter into contracts for third parties to administer various employee benefit plans and are normal course of business:

  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Cancer Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Dental Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Term Life Insurance
  • Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Vision Insurance

Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Digital Learning Content – $654,000 – That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute contracts with Achieve 3000, Edgenuity and Scholastic, Inc. to provide digital learning content.

Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Hazardous and Universal Waste Disposal and Transfer Services – $100,000 – That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute contracts with Advanced Environmental Options, Inc., Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., EQ Industrial Services, Inc. and Tradebe Treatment and Recycling, LLC to provide hazardous and universal waste disposal and transfer services.

Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Instructional Materials and Supplies – $1,700,000 – That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute contracts with the vendors listed on the next page to provide instructional materials and supplies.  

Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide K-2 Reading Foundation Instructional Materials and Training – $530,000 – That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute contracts with Compass Learning, Inc., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, Imagination Station, dba Istation and McGraw Hill Education (Open Court) to provide k-2 reading foundation instructional materials and training.

Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Professional Learning Services for Instructional Staff -  $219,000 – That the superintendent be authorized to enter into and execute a contracts with the vendors listed on the next page [27 different vendors listed] to provide professional learning services for instructional staff.

Authorization to Accept the Perkins IV- Program Improvement Grant and Annual Plan – $604,303 – The funds allocated by the Perkins IV-Program Improvement Grant must be budgeted for activities to improve Career and Technical Education programs as provided for in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.  These limited funds must be targeted for new or improved activities.  The Georgia Department of Education’s Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education Division completes the Perkins formula calculations to provide the available grant amount for Atlanta Public Schools.

Authorization to Transfer Funds from the General Fund to the Lottery Fund – $350,000 – the transfer of up to $350,000 from the general fund balance to the Lottery fund for fiscal year 2014 is needed as the State funding for the pre-K programs are insufficient to cover the entire cost of the programs.

Approval of the FY2015 Budget for BuildSmart Capital Projects to be Funded from the Proceeds from SPLOSTThis SPLOST budget reflects any proposed expenditure adjustments that result from project activity, project close-out, scope adjustments, closed schools, district initiatives, etc.  The following updated budget is being proposed for the estimated SPLOST revenues associated with this project budget cycle. – See attachment here.

Authorization to Negotiate and Complete the Sale of the Carter Facility- The Atlanta Board of Education declared the Carter facility, located at 80 Joseph Lowery Blvd., as surplus property and no longer needed for school purposes.  The property contains 2.19 acres.  The property was marketed using a solicitation for sale.  The process did not result in an acceptable offer.  The Atlanta Board of Education has received an offer to purchase the facility from Families First, Inc.  The proposed use of the property is to provide office space for Families First, Inc. and to provide spaces to offer community programs to the neighborhood.  The contract closing is contingent on Families First, Inc. receiving a required “Special Use” permit from the City of Atlanta.

Authorization to Revise Policy BC Board Meetings (First Reading) – At the June 19, 2014 meeting of the board’s Policy Review Committee, the committee recommended a revision to policy BC. This revision restricts public comments at the monthly Community Meeting to items on the Committee of the Whole agenda. It also clarifies that the superintendent shares the agenda including supporting documentation three (3) business days prior to a regular meeting except in cases of emergency. In addition, there are several attachments for information purposes, as follows:

The Board is then schedule to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters, student discipline matters, real estate matters and litigation.

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Round-Up of APS Headlines from the Past Week

July 12, 2014

APS News

*** New Administration Activities

*** Beltline/APS Dispute

*** Cheating Scandal

*** CRCT Scores

*** Board of Education

  • Board of Education meeting – Monday, July 14th – see full agenda here, detailed personnel changes here, administration and in-school leader changes here, presentation on Board and Superintendent NORMS here (will be presented by Chair English), State Flexibility Options presentation here and financial update here.

***Board of Education Committee Meetings and Public Forums

*** Other APS News

State School Superintendent Race

Non APS News and Opinions of Interest

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