Reporter Newspapers interviews Board of Education candidates for At Large 8 seat


Reporter Newspapers is running a “Meet Your Candidates” feature (see here). Yesterday they published an overview of the At Large 8 candidates for the Board of Education. Below are brief excerpts:

Reuben R. McDaniel, III (Incumbent)

  • Our students deserve a world-class education, and we have begun to take the necessary steps to meet our obligation to Atlanta’s youth…
  • …our students have endured enough instability over the years and it is our responsibility to maintain a stable environment that fosters student growth and real achievement…
  • …we now have a clear understanding of what we want to accomplish and a clear plan to get us to that destination.

Cynthia Briscoe Brown

  • Practical, result-oriented service is an essential part of who I am, and serving on the Board of Education is the logical next step…
  • My twenty years of engagement as a parent, volunteer, advocate and community leader, my connection with others throughout our city, and my proven skills in bringing people together will enable me to make positive contributions to the Board of Education…
  • Two of my opponents in particular have the wrong kind of experience. First on the Beverly Hall Board, and then on the SACS Board, they each had a chance to fix problems that plague APS, but did not address our most serious challenges.

Tom Tidwell

  • For 12 years we’ve had a strong centralized bureaucracy where nothing gets done. We need to clean house and start fresh…
  • As a trial lawyer, I have a unique skill set that allows me to identify problems, analyze issues critically, communicate effectively with clients, jurors and judges, and negotiate compromises by finding common ground between adversarial parties….
  • My top three issues are to (1) Restructure APS so principals and teachers have the autonomy and discretion to be innovative and creative in the classroom; (2) Improve early childhood education so every child is reading at or above grade level by 3rd grade; and (3) hire a superintendent who shares these goals and visions.

Mark Riley

  • We have the opportunity to set a new direction for our schools and enact real reforms within our system…Essentially, these measures consist of a district administration that empowers local schools and allows the principals and teachers to do their work without interference from the central office.
  • I was elected to the Atlanta School Board in 2002 and served two four-year terms in a citywide role. During that period, APS made significant strides citywide, and this included attracting families to northside schools.
  • For 15 years I have led a grant-making organization that focuses on educational organizations and reform where I have studied educational reform efforts that work both locally and nationally…

Read the entire set of interviews here.

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