AL-8 Mark Riley

Contact Information

Email – mriley@urbanrealtypartners.net

Phone – 404-564-1252

Mark Riley Campaign Website

Background

Mr. Riley founded Urban Realty Partners in 2000. He began his career as a real estate attorney at King & Spalding and later joined Trammell Crow Residential (1985-1990) and Cousins Properties (1990-1998). Mr. Riley received B.A. and J.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University. He is a member of the Atlanta District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

An active member of the Atlanta community, Mr. Riley is Director of the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, a charitable foundation with a focus on improving education options in Atlanta, and he previously served as an At Large member of the Atlanta Board of Education. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Institute and a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. He holds, or in the past held, board memberships on Central Atlanta Progress, The Trust for Public Land and The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is an active alumnus of Vanderbilt University.

Riley, a 33 year resident of Atlanta, has been married for 23 years to Becky Roy Riley and they have two children who are both graduates of North Atlanta High School and now attend college. The Rileys are active members of Buckhead Church and live in the Springlake neighborhood of in-town Atlanta.

He was elected to the Atlanta School Board in 2002 and served two four-year terms in a city wide role.

Member of the Atlanta Classical Academy Charter School Launch Team

Riley held the at-large seat 8 from 2002 to 2010, having been elected in 2001 and again in 2005.  In 2005, McDaniel challenged Riley for the seat and lost. In 2009, Riley decided to not run for the at-large seat 8, in order to allow McDaniel to run, he tells APN.  In turn, instead, in 2009, Riley ran for an open district seat, District 4, which represents the Buckhead area; however, Nancy Meister won the seat.

Why Running for BOE

“I believe this school board election and the selection of a new  superintendent are among the most important decisions this community  will make in this decade. I believe this in a ‘watershed moment’ to  fundamentally rethink how we provide public education in our community.”

“Atlanta Public Schools have been under incredible scrutiny the past  four years. Our response to that is not working and it is time for new  leadership at the board level and a new administration.”

Education Priorities

“I believe this school board election and the selection of a new superintendent are among the most important decisions this community will make in this decade. I believe this in a ‘watershed moment’ to fundamentally rethink how we provide public education in our community.”

Position on Revenues and Taxes

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

Position on Allocation of Resources

We must ensure that we are putting resources in the classroom and not spending unnecessarily on administrative overhead. Under the current leadership, the Atlanta Public Schools has one of the most expensive administrative overheads in the country. We need to decrease our administrative expenditures and move those resources into the classroom, where they can directly help educate our children. In addition, we need to reallocate authority down to principals and teachers at the school level where they can best meet the needs of our children.

Position on Class Size Waivers and Average Class Size

Position on the Budget Process

Riley also pointed to McDaniel’s leadership as Chair during the recent budget hearings and during the recent North Atlanta high school debacle as reasons why he is disappointed with McDaniel.

Position on Overcapacity Issues and School Closings

Position on Board’s Oversight Responsibilities

“Atlanta Public Schools have been under incredible scrutiny the past four years. Our response to that is not working and it is time for new leadership at the board level and a new administration.”

He said he became interested in running after “having watched all the chaos of the last four years and then seeing frankly Reuben prove to be a disappointing public servant at large school board member.”

Riley also pointed to McDaniel’s leadership as Chair during the recent budget hearings and during the recent North Atlanta high school debacle as reasons why he is disappointed with McDaniel.

We need stable, seasoned, experienced leadership to help guide the board through this transition and re-stabilize our leadership and the Board.

Position on Charter Schools

Member of the Atlanta Classical Academy Charter School Launch Team

Riley is a strong supporter of charter schools, although he says he limits his support to non-profit charter schools only.

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

Statements from Prior Campaigns or Other Positions

[During BOE Campaign for District Seat 4 in 2009] “Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has made tremendous progress towards becoming one of the highest performing urban school districts in the nation, but we are at a critical time in the reform effort. Now is the time to assure continued progress, and I believe my business, legal and budgetary experience will provide the necessary continuity of leadership on the School Board.” –– Mark Riley

[During BOE Campaign for District Seat 4 in 2009] Worked cooperatively with nationally acclaimed Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall to move APS from one of the low performing school districts in the State to one of the most improved

[Prior Position on TAD’s – 2007] Mark Riley, a member of the Atlanta Board of Education, describes TADs as “a great tool to spark development in areas where, but for the assistance from the TAD, it wouldn’t happen.”

[During BOE Campaign for District Seat 4 in 2009] He is an advocate of the International Baccalaureate, or IB, program for all District 4 schools, and has worked diligently to support and help retain Atlanta Public Schools’ Superintendent Beverly Hall

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