By ADW Staffers
Five Atlanta School Board candidates are vying to fill the vacancy of Khaatim S. El, who resigned to take a job out of state. The candidates for the Atlanta School Board are: Byron Amos, a businessman and two-year PTA vice president; Angela Brown, a youth advocate and a community organizer who resides in the historic West End neighborhood; Dwanda Farmer, a lukewarm charter school advocate; Donald Walker, a psychology professor, and Michael Jeter, who has been active in the community and Atlanta Public Schools.
Amos, who also has a young student enrolled in the Atlanta Public Schools, said he wants to celebrate the good about APS and remains, like the others, committed and dedicated. Walker, who is also a motivational speaker and mentor, says he is a product of public schools. They all remain committed and dedicated and opposed to the APS cheating scandal.
Farmer says that the cheating scandal has not just hurt students, but the regional economy as a whole. Amos and Brown also are lukewarm on charter schools, according to a Georgia Charter Schools Association questionnaire.
Two forums were held in September, where candidates were asked if they supported a repeal of state legislation that gives all authority to the superintendent. Amos and Brown said “yes,” while Farmer said her priority was to review the charter. “We need to have a balance of power with our superintendent,” she said. Jeter insisted that we need to cooperate with the current Superintendent. Erroll Davis, and then “make changes after we’ve considered the modifications.”
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools took the APS off of probation on Tuesday, Nov. 1, elating school board Chairman Brenda Muhammad and others.
District 2 covers south-central Atlanta and the winner will serve the remaining two years on the school board. The district is currently represented on an interim basis by Nisha Simama, a counselor and administrator at a private school in Atlanta.
Atlanta voters will also consider whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales and extending a penny sales tax for school improvements. Other cities in Fulton County, like Roswell, Johns Creek and Alpharetta will also vote on Sunday alcohol sales and the penny sales tax for school improvements.
The election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.
A “Get Out the Vote” rally and press conference will be held this Saturday, Nov. 5, at West End Mall at 9 a.m.
The bus will then proceed to Fairburn, College Park, Riverdale, East Point and Lithonia, where it will be met by local rallies.
For more information call 404-788-4542.