Atlanta Voice Newspapers publishes Q&A with selected Board of Education candidates


The Atlanta Voice Newspapers has been running a series of Q&A’s with selected candidates running for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education. I contacted the paper to find out more about their selection process for candidates interviewed, but was not able to gather any additional information on the process. Below is an excerpt of one of the answers each candidate provided – to see the entire interview, click below on the candidate’s name.

Brenda Muhammad (I) (D-1)running against Leslie Grant

Question – If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?

  • Early education for ages 0-3.
  • Implementation of a Vocational Technical School
  • Selection of the next Superintendent
  • Re-opening of David T. Howard as an educational facility

Matt Westmoreland (D-3)running unopposed

Question – What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office? Choosing a new superintendent who will move our system in a positive direction; selecting the right governance model to ensure decisions are being made by the individuals who best know our children and their individual needs; and passing budgets that spend our resources where they belong—on kids.

Nancy Meister (I) (D-4)running against Taryn Bowman

Question – What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office? Hiring a Superintendent who will transform education in Atlanta Public Schools. I will advocate for decentralization and empowerment for our Principals and teachers that will result in education being local not centralized. The positive impact of localizing education will be seen in 4 year graduation rates rising, dropout rates declining, monies being used more wisely and kids being the focus.

Tom Tidwell (AL-8)running against Reuben McDaniel (I), Cynthia Briscoe Brown, Mark Riley and Dave Walker

Question – If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to? Balancing the budget; reducing class size; reforming the budget process and moving toward site-based budgeting; improving early childhood education.

Ed Johnson (AL-9)running against Jason Esteves, Lori James, Sean Norman and Eddie Lee Brewster

Question – If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: Top priority? Establish an APS Statement of Purpose, then pursue the unconventional school board responsibility the Atlanta Independent School System Statutory Charter states as: “Adopting district-wide policies that support an environment for [continual] quality improvement and progress for all decision makers in the district, as well as for students.”

As the other candidates have not been interviewed to-date, if any candidate wishes to answer the questions posed by the newspaper, I would be happy to publish their answers.

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