D-3 Matt Westmoreland

Contact Information

Email – mattwestmoreland@gmail.com

Phone – 404-408-0980

Matt Westmoreland Campaign Website

Background

An Atlanta native, Matt grew up in the Morningside community… He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University and served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian, an organization with a half-million dollar annual budget. .. Matt returned to Atlanta and became a History teacher at Carver Early College High School in Southeast Atlanta. He came to the classroom as a Corps Member with Teach for America, a non-profit organization committed to closing the educational achievement gap in our nation’s most under-served communities. Matt currently serves as chair of the Grady High School Foundation and as a member of both the Carver Early College Local School Council. He also took part in a 2012 Urban Leaders Fellowship with Colorado Senator Mike Johnston, is a 2013 graduate of New Leaders Council-Atlanta, and participated in a school board fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity. He previously worked for the Atlanta Regional Commission, the D.C. Public Schools System, and in the D.C. Office of Congressman John Lewis. A life-long and active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Matt lives in Virginia-Highland. He is the oldest child of Mel and Sally Westmoreland, a Fulton County Superior Court Judge and real estate agent, respectively.

Education Priorities

Westmoreland wants to emphasize teacher quality and early childhood education.

“Putting an effective principal and an effective teacher in every classroom is the most important thing we can do to ensure student success,” he said. “We need to rethink the way that we recruit teachers, we need to rethink the way we train teachers continuously, and we need to look at the way that we keep teachers.”

Early education must be one of our highest priorities.

“Every child in our city deserves an excellent education that’s  going to open real opportunity and choice in life,” Westmoreland told East Atlanta Patch. “I got an excellent  education in my time at Atlanta Public Schools, but I recognize not every  student has that opportunity.”

He said the way to address the disparities is to “hire better principals” and to provide them with the “infrastructure to hire, retain, and keep good teachers.”

Position on Revenues and Taxes

Position on Deficit Spending and General Fund Reserves

Position on Allocation of Resources

“We should better spend the money we have.” Westmoreland believes too much is spent on the central office and said he would want to more closely examine vendors and contracts.

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

Position on Charter Schools

As for charter schools, Westmoreland appears to be a supporter and offered little critical view. “Atlanta has some very effective charter schools.  Some say they’re stealing the best teachers and the best kids.  We need to realize we have kids in traditional schools and we have kids in charter schools.  Things take place that can be shared,” he said. “Every charter school is not successful.  Charter schools are not themselves the solution,” he said.

Position on Other Issues that Have Financial Implications

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