AL-9 Lori James

Contact Information

Email –

Phone –  404-396-2163

Lori James Campaign Website

Compliance with Candidate Filing Requirements

Failed to file the October 25th as of 12/03/13 (see here)


Dr. James was born in Chicago, Illinois … attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in Interrelated Special Education…. received the Master of Education degree from Georgia State University, in the area of Specific Learning Disabilities…. Obtain[ed] the Doctorate of Educational Leadership from … Fielding University in 2002. [She] began her teaching career in Carrollton, Georgia, working with severely emotionally disturbed children in grades K-6 … For one year prior to retiring in 2010, Dr. James was a coordinator for the special education department of the Atlanta Public Schools System…. For 13 years prior to this position, Dr. James coordinated the Student Support Team and Section 504 Compliance processes for the District. … Dr. James is a consultant for the Metropolitan West Georgia Learning Resources System…. an Executive Consultant with Scholastic, Inc. She travels throughout the U.S. training teachers in areas such as Special Education Compliance, Differentiated Instruction, Response To Intervention, co- teaching and collaboration… [She] is also a consultant for Public Broadcasting Atlanta. … She is currently the weekly blogger for the American Graduate project which is located at…. Dr. James currently provides graduate level instruction for Indiana Wesleyan University.

[In addition], she is a volunteer (United Way, Trinity Shelter, and other organizations), Founding Board Member of Genesis Shelter, Chairperson of Missions for Ben Hill United Methodist Church, Recording Secretary for Council for Exceptional Children, and Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

Education Priorities

Dr. James is committed to ensuring that all students, including students with disabilities, receive a high quality, effective and appropriate education that will allow them to realize their full academic potential. …  all children can learn and excel, including students with disabilities. We have too many children leaving high school unable to read, compute without a calculator, write a complete sentence or paragraph, or utilize proper English. As a school board member, I will review the policies that encourage low student achievement, allow students to drop out or be pushed out of school, and foster an environment of underachievement and complacency of special education students. I will recommend policies that promote achievement and accountability of students, staff, and parents. I will encourage the continuation of practices that promote achievement and accountability.

Position on Revenues and Taxes

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

Position on Allocation of Resources

Position on Class Size Waivers and Average Class Size

Position on the Budget Process

Position on Overcapacity Issues and School Closings

Position on Board’s Oversight Responsibilities

As a previous central office administrator, I have seen first-hand how the lack of accountability in programming, finance, and policy, affect schools and ultimately student success. I will encourage policies that eliminate these practices. … I will also recommend the creation of policy that encourages staff to express concerns about local school or central level activities, as well as the elimination of policies that encourage staff to shy away from doing what’s best for students, and to keep quiet after observing inappropriate activities of staff, students, parents, and community members.

Position on Charter Schools

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

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