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Anne McKenzie, a former Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teacher … McKenzie also served three terms, from 2007 to 2012, she said, as Secretary of Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) R, one of the most contentious and conflicted NPUs in the whole city. “I am a thirty-six year [APS] employee. I’m retired, but I did work in the Atlanta Public Schools for 36 years – I was an English teacher – I was at Sutton Middle. I started out in Atlanta at East Lake Elementary, I retired from Sutton. I taught in elementary schools – first grade beginning, and then on up to the eighth,” she said. “I think that having had the experience as a teacher would allow me to explain or say to others what I think a child needs as far as education. I think I have expertise in that area,” she said.
“I think that school focus, particularly in high schools, should be this pathway that the Georgia State Board of Education and the General Assembly voted on in 2011. They’re supposed to follow this core curriculum. It allows them to choose a pathway they can accomplish. Not everybody is college material, every student needs to be able to find a pathway into the workforce,” she said. “Students in high schools need classes that are suited to their particular needs, she said.
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McKenzie raised concerns about charter schools. “I don’t have an objection to charter schools, but I don’t think there is a dime worth of difference in charter and public schools. The differences might be that they [charter schools] have a full parental involvement. In some [public] schools, they give second and third chances to students when they misbehave. Charter schools don’t give students a chance – if they misbehave, they’re out of there,” she said.
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