AL-9 Sean Norman

Contact Information

Email – seancnorman@gmail.com

Phone – 404-530-9868

Sean Norman Campaign Website

Background

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Sean C. Norman … received both his primary and secondary education in Atlanta Public Schools (APS)…. a graduate from Morehouse College with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration with concentrations in banking, finance, and real estate, Mr. Norman has established an extensive career in sales and marketing for over 20 years. …Mr. Norman currently serves as president of a web app company called WillAppoint and is the Chief Executive Officer of a 501c3 called Northwest Housing and Economic Development.

[He has] five … children …four of which have attended Atlanta Public Schools… He has served as a board member for Nashville Celtics, a youth basketball organization, and is currently serving as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of America.  Sean also has coached basketball, baseball and soccer teams in Nashville and assist with coaching for his church youth soccer team. He currently attends Impact United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

Education Priorities

We have to Restore the tradition of Academic Excellence in Atlanta Public Schools.  Our students deserve an exemplaray [sic] education that knows no geographic, racial, or economic boundaries.

The parent is the customer and the customer is always right. …Our parents need support.  They need the wrap-around services to ensure that their kids get the support that they need.  I am an advocate for parents, students and teachers.  They must work together to ensure that we get the desired result, student achievement.

Position on Revenues and Taxes

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

We must live within our means.  Over the past 10 years, we have borrowed from reserves to balance the budget, which is  unacceptable.  We also spend more per student than any other district in the state.  Where is the return on our investment?  APS needs to make some tough but necessary decisions to ensure that we direct dollars appropriately to the schools, which is where the dollar belongs.

Position on Allocation of Resources

 Give teachers a raise.  They deserve it.  Stop attacking our teachers through redistricting and “managing out the poor performers.”  Bad teachers shouldn’t be in schools, but we can handle the bad performers without admonishing the entire teaching profession.

Reduction in Central Administration Cost

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

We need a board of education who can choose the best superintendent and who understands the difference between governance and management.  The board governs; they don’t manage.  “Management is doing things right, Leadership is doing the right things.”  Although the ultmate [sic] leadership is the Board, the top manager in a school system is the superintendent, who should be held accountable. 

Position on Charter Schools

Position on Other Issues

I’m happy to see APS moving in the right direction with safety and security; however, we need more of a presence at our elementary schools.  Our kids must be protected.  They represent our future.

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