AL-8 Cynthia Briscoe Brown

Contact Information

Email – cynthiabriscoebrown@gmail.com

Phone –

Cynthia Briscoe Campaign Website

Compliance with Candidate Filing Requirements

All timely filed.

Background

[She has] 27 years of experience as an attorney … She has assisted several APS schools in forming their own nonprofit foundations.  She frequently donates her expertise to students with legal issues related to college and scholarship applications.

Cynthia serves on the Boards of the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, the Committee for Teaching About the United Nations/Atlanta, and the Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta, …As a volunteer with Young Audiences of Atlanta, Cynthia helped develop and implement the smART stART program, using visual and performing arts experiences to improve and encourage reading skills of low-income kindergarten and first grade students in several APS elementary schools.

[She served] as co-President of North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools (NAPPS)… Cynthia has served on the PTA Boards of each of her children’s schools since the 1990s… an active Trustee of the North Atlanta High School Foundation, … She has participated in several APS Facilities construction or renovation project committees on behalf of community stakeholders, including rebuilding APS’ Lakewood Stadium, construction of the new campus for NAHS, and several school renovation projects. Cynthia and her husband, Jim, are both Atlanta natives.  They are active in music and service ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.  They have two children, both of whom have attended APS schools from kindergarten: daughter Caroline, NAHS 2010, is a senior Bonner Scholar at Davidson College in North Carolina; son Palmer is a student at NAHS where he plays in the Jazz Band, works on his Eagle Scout project, and dreams of studying church music in college.

Education Priorities

We are losing too many of our minority students before graduation, our gifted children are not getting the academic enrichment they deserve and our children with academic challenges are not getting the attention and help they need. Meanwhile furloughs, budget cuts and the fallout from the cheating scandal have destroyed the morale of our many dedicated and talented teachers, who work with our students every day.

Position on Revenues and Taxes

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

As a small business owner, I know that oversight is a vital part of managing any budget. We cannot accept these enormous cost overruns.

Position on Allocation of Resources

 We must eliminate waste and get every penny possible into the schools, instead of administrative offices downtown.

Position on Class Size Waivers and Average Class Size

Position on the Budget Process

“Board members were supplied with little to no supporting data, making it impossible for them to make an educated decision because they did not have the necessary information,” said Brown.

Position on Overcapacity Issues and School Closings

Position on Board’s Oversight Responsibilities

 … the level of dysfunction that has become emblematic of the current board’s leadership prompted her decision [to run for a seat on the BOE]

Position on Charter Schools

There are great charter schools, and there are bad charter schools, just like there are great traditional schools and there are bad traditional schools,” she said. “I think that any school which has active involved parents will be a successful school, and while there are some advantages to the charter model–mainly that in most cases, charter schools require parental involvement–I am concerned about the tendency, particularly some of the for-profit charter schools, to skim off the active and involved parents, whose children are going to be successful anywhere, and leave the children who have no one to help them bridge the divide at their failing school,” she said

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

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