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Board of Education candidate Q and A: Kandis Wood Jackson

Kandis Wood Jackson is an attorney and former Atlanta Public Schools teacher. She spoke to SaportaReport via email. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students of Atlanta? Equity across the district. Although all students in Atlanta deserve high-quality public education, there are wide discrepancies in the quality of education our students […]

Board of Education candidate Q and A: Keisha Carey

Keisha Cary works in business corporate wireless for Sprint. She spoke to SaportaReport via email. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students in District 2? A: I have several concerns for students in District 2, with one being equity. I live in Vine City and it is rather disturbing to see […]

Runoff candidate Q and A: Atlanta Board of Education District 5

Parts of Atlanta’s west and northwest side will get a new Board of Education member in a runoff that begins soon. The two candidates say some things are going well — but it’s time to address equity and look hard at finances in the system.

Erika Mitchell and Raynard Johnson finished with 25 percent and 18 percent of the first-round vote respectively for District 5.  Click to read the Q and A with each:

Board of Education candidate Q and A: Erika Mitchell

Erika Mitchell has worked in several industries, including IT, esthetics education and pageant production. She spoke to SaportaReport via email. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students in District 5? A: The quality of their education and creating more opportunities for our students. Making sure that monies are reported and being […]

Board of Education candidate Q & A: Adzua Agyapon

Adzua Agyapon is currently the kindergarten grade level chair at KIPP STRIVE Primary, where she coaches and leads a team of eight teachers. She spoke to SaportaReport via phone. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students in District 3 specifically? A: The No. 1 concern that I have for the students […]

Board of Education candidate Q & A: Michelle Olympiadis

Michelle Olympiadis has been an Atlanta Public Schools parent for more than 10 years and has held governance roles throughout the Grady cluster and the system, including as Morningside Elementary PTA president. She spoke to SaportaReport via email. Campaign website Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students in District 3? District 3’s needs […]

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Credit woes face Fulton County, Atlanta schools, after ruling on tax collections

Fulton County and the Atlanta school district face fiscal woes even though a judge has approved a temporary collection of property taxes. Their cost of borrowing could increase now that a bond rating house has cut the credit rating on one county debt and has placed a total of more than $500 million of county and Atlanta school debt under review for a possible credit downgrade in the future.

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Atlanta’s public policymakers must put children first

By Guest Columnist MERIA CARSTARPHEN, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta – as the birthplace of a King, the crucible of the Civil Rights Movement and the international gateway to the Southeastern United States – is a city of innovation and spirit. Yet it is also a city entrenched in inequities that prevent children from living the choice-filled lives they deserve.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tells Kiwanis that ‘surviving is not enough’

By Maria Saporta

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed did not mention to members of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta on Tuesday that he is running for re-election this year.

But he did make sure to honor a decades-long tradition Tuesday of being the first speaker each year to address the Atlanta Kiwanis.

On Jan. 5, 2010, Reed continued the tradition set by his predecessors, speaking to the group only one day after being inaugurated. And he has followed suit this year.