D-1 Leslie Grant

Contact Information

Email – leslie@electlesliegrant.com

Phone – 404-643-9652

Leslie Grant Campaign Website

Leslie Grant Facebook Page

 

Background

As a mother, local business owner, volunteer and advocate, I bring a wide variety of skills to serve on the Atlanta Board of Education.

She also started a small business, Chickin Feed, “as a response to the problem I was having of feeding my kids healthy foods,” she told Atlanta Progressive News.  Chickin Feed provides “tools to help parents feed their kids more healthy foods.” … Grant has been involved with the founding of the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, a K-8 school, and served on its transition governing board. She also founded the Southeast Atlanta Communities for Schools (SEACS).  “We wanted a quality high school that people wanted to stay in this neighborhood to go to,” she said. Grant has a thirteen year-old daughter and a nine year-old son in APS.

Education Priorities

It is important that we elect leadership that will keep the focus of the policies, budget, and politics where it belongs—on students and their success… As a member of the Board, I will actively support an environment of collaboration–one where communities, parents, grandparents, guardians, neighbors, and businesses are a valued and involved part of our schools.

Regardless of the neighborhood in which they live, family income, or the amount of adult support they receive, all students in all types of APS schools should have:

“Technology is a tool, NOT a learning outcome.”

Grant says … she would promote innovation, educational equity across the school district and accountability of the board.

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

“Redistricting changed a lot,” she told East Atlanta Patch. It changed the way people perceived what was going on. And it just seemed to bring a lot of people out and made them energized about being interested in fixing their schools.”

Position on Board’s Oversight Responsibilities

Position on Charter Schools

Grant is also a supporter of charter schools. “They have been a tremendous tool for our community.  We have been able to engage a large portion of this community.  They are a tool to be used, we should use any tool we can,” she said. “Charter is a word that is applied to a lot of different models.  There are sort of very healthy ones that come along that serve a need that’s not being served elsewhere,” Grant said. “I don’t think we’ve been a pretty charter-friendly system,” Grant said, although APS has more charter schools than any other Georgia school system. “I think the relationship between the two needs to be enhanced, more symbiotic.  It’s irresponsible to not look at the whole system,” she said.

“Continuing to look at it as two, separate opposing things [charter vs. non-charter] is not constructive to bringing all of those communities back together. I would love to see a more holistic approach to how the schools work together and we can be able to look at these as pilot programs.”

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

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