Atlanta Public Schools

4:32 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Solution Still Unclear As Atlanta City Council And APS Discuss BeltLine Contract Dispute

Members of the Atlanta City Council and APS board met Tuesday to discuss the contract dispute over BeltLine debt.

A joint meeting Tuesday between the Atlanta City Council and board members of Atlanta Public Schools ended with both sides acknowledging the need to solve a contract dispute over Atlanta BeltLine debt.

The solution, however, remains unclear.

APS says it’s due millions for giving up a portion of its property tax money for the BeltLine, but the city disputes the school system's figures. 

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5:15 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Council Holds First Briefing on Beltline Contract Dispute

Beltline CEO Paul Morris and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

The Atlanta City Council Monday held its first formal briefing on the ongoing contract dispute over Atlanta Beltline funding. 

Speaking to officials from the Beltline, Atlanta Public Schools, and the mayor's office, Council President Caesar Mitchell reiterated his call for greater Council involvement.

"Just assume that we need to understand very clearly what the game plan is to move this conversation to a successful conclusion," said Mitchell.

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6:09 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Ceasar Mitchell Calls For Greater Council Involvement In Beltline Contract Dispute

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell Wednesday called for a “cooling down” period between Atlanta city government and Atlanta Public Schools.

The two sides are in a contract dispute over who’s on the hook for more than a $160 million in payments for the Atlanta Beltline.

In a rare press conference at his City Hall office, Mitchell said the stakes for both the Beltline and APS are too high to allow the issue to go unresolved.

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7:48 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Reed Slams APS For Lawsuit Threat Involving Beltline Debt

Outgoing APS chief Erroll Davis, left, and Mayor Kasim Reed.
Credit & City of Atlanta

A contract dispute between Atlanta city government and Atlanta Public Schools is getting heated and threatens to slow the progress of the Atlanta BeltLine.  

At a June 11th BeltLine board meeting, Mayor Kasim Reed had strong words for outgoing APS chief Erroll Davis, who wasn’t in attendance.

"Nobody is going to negotiate at the end of a gun so if you’re going to take hostages you better be prepared to shoot the hostages," said Reed.

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4:50 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

APS Bus Drivers Still Waiting For Pay Fix

Credit Nick NeSmith/for WABE

Some Atlanta Public Schools bus drivers say they’re still waiting for paychecks from APS that are either short or late.

About a dozen drivers opted Monday to take their complaints to the school system’s downtown headquarters, but when they showed up to request a meeting with officials from payroll, security denied them entry.

The drivers were told a human resources representative was headed to the lobby to speak with them, but after waiting for a half hour, they grew frustrated, breaking into cheers of “fed up and we’ve had enough.”

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Atlanta Public Schools
5:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

APS Could Create Agreement Between Charter and Traditional Schools

APS Charter School Task Force discusses developing an agreement between APS schools
Chris Ferguson/WABE

The Atlanta Public School Board could soon vote on whether to develop a compact between traditional and charter schools in the district. The recommendation comes from a charter school task force for the board, which met Wednesday.

Task force members say the compact will allow the district to help bridge the divide between charter and traditional schools.  School Board member Byron Amos chairs the task force.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Atlanta School Chief Ready To Focus on Future, Not the Past

APS superintendent, Dr. Meria Carstarphen at Atlanta Press Club luncheon sponsored by Communities in Schools, an organization that works to prevent students from dropping out.
Credit Rose Scott / WABE

  The newly hired superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools says transition won’t be easy as APS tries to move on from the cheating scandal.

Speaking during at Atlanta Press Club luncheon, Dr. Meria Carstarphen today gave a glimpse into her vision for the district.  

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

Standing before the APS board, business and philanthropic leaders and educational partners, Dr. Carstarphen says APS will undergo a culture change.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:31 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Atlanta Educators Videotaped Abusing Special Needs Students

Alger Coleman III was arrested and charged with child cruelty and battery.
Credit Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Erroll Davis says the abuse of two special needs students, at the hands of educators, is disgusting and disturbing.

It happened at Harper Archer Middle School.

WABE’s Rose Scott has more.

A special education teacher set-up a video recorder because she says her previous complaints were ignored.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:03 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Atlanta Schools Seek New Chapter with New Superintendent

Dr. Meria Carstarphen is officially introduced as the next superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM/Dan Raby

Monday, Atlanta school board chair Courtney English called it a special moment after the board approved the hiring of the district’s new superintendent.

Dr. Meria Carstarphen was the sole finalist for the job.

WABE’s Rose Scott reports, Carstarphen is acknowledging the challenges, but also pledging assurances as APS looks to turn the corner from the nation’s largest cheating scandal.

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7:56 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Dr. Meria Carstarphen Confirmed as APS Superintendent: Hear Part of Her Speech

Dr. Meria Carstarphen speaks on April 14, 2014, after the announcement that the Atlanta Board of Education had unanimously selected her as the school system's next superintendent.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE News

  On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Atlanta Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Meria Carstarphen as the next Atlanta School Superintendent.  Carstarphen comes from Austin, TX, where she headed the Austin Independent School District since 2009.  After the APS board vote was announced, Carstarphen gave a short acceptance speech. 

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11:30 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Ready To Tackle Challenges: A Talk With APS Superintendent Candidate Dr. Meria Carstarphen

Carstarphen will replace Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., who was appointed as superintendent of APS on July 1, 2011. His contract ends June 30, 2014.
Credit Jason Parker / WABE

This coming Monday, the Atlanta Board of Education is expected to vote on the district’s lone candidate for superintendent.

From hundreds, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was selected by the Atlanta Public Schools superintendent search committee to become the next school chief.

Carstarphen would leave the Austin school district where she’s been superintendent since 2009.

The educator recently visited our WABE studios and talked with Rose Scott.

Their conversation begins with Carstarphen, in her own words, describing a world class superintendent.

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6:13 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Attorneys In Atlanta Test Cheating Case Seek Delay

WABE's Denis O'Hayer (left) talks with WABE's Rose Scott about breaking news in the Atlanta schools cheating trial
Credit Charles Edwards / WABE News

Attorneys for former Atlanta Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall have asked a Fulton County Superior Court Judge to move the Atlanta schools test cheating trial.

Jury selection has always been scheduled for April 28th. But today, Hall’s attorneys asked Fulton County Superior Court Judge Judge Jerry Baxter to delay the trial until after the conclusion of Hall’s current medical regimen.

In an affidavit, an oncologist for Dr. Hall said the former Superintendent has stage 4 breast cancer. The oncologist also said that cancer is not curable but treatable.

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Atlanta Public Schools
7:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Dr. Carstarphen's Austin Report Card: A Talk with KUT Education Reporter Kate McGee

Kate McGee, education reporter for KUT, the NPR station in Austin, Texas
Credit KUT News

On March 27, 2014, Dr. Meria Carstarphen was named the sole finalist for the job of Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent.  

For the past five years, Carstarphen has headed the Austin Independent School District in Texas.  To find out how she did there, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Kate McGee, an education reporter who covered Carstarphen for NPR station KUT in Austin.

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6:56 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen Introduced As Lone APS Superintendent Finalist

Dr. Meria Joel Carstarphen (left, standing next to APS Board Chair Courtney English) is the finalist for the position of APS superintendent. She was introduced to the public and press late Thursday afternoon, March 27.
Rose Scott, WABE

Late this afternoon, the Atlanta Board of Education introduced the lone finalist for the position of Atlanta Public School superintendent at a press conference at Hope Hill Elementary School.

She is Dr. Meria Joel Carstaphen and is currently the superintendent of the Austin (Texas) Independent School District.  Dr. Carstaphen (pronounced car-STAR-fin) is a native of Selma, Alabama, who joined the Austin school system in 2009 as both its first African-American superintendent and its first female superintendent.

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Atlanta Public Schools
4:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Atlanta School Board Stands Behind Superintendent's Principal Changes

Chairman Courtney English says the entire board stands behind the rationale for removing the school leaders.
Credit Atlanta Public Schools

The recent announcement that nearly a dozen Atlanta school principals would not return in the fall led to a packed house at this week’s APS school board meeting.

District officials say the decision was part of a routine annual assessment and review process by Superintendent Erroll Davis.

Now, WABE’s Rose Scott reports, the APS board is backing the school’s chief decision.

APS board chair Courtney English says decisions like this are never easy, but the consensus is NOT to oppose Superintendent Erroll Davis.

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7:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

APS Releases Findings Of Investigation Into Address Fraud at Grady

APS Interim Superintendent Erroll Davis.
Credit Aleck Ragsdale

Parents of 14 students lied so their kids could attend Grady high school in Atlanta. That’s according to an Atlanta public school report released Wednesday. The report highlights a bigger problem for school systems. 

Aleck Ragsdale reports.

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6:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Parents, Teachers, Students Lash Out During School Board Meeting Over Removal Of Principals

Parents from Mays High School held up signs every time a Mays parent took to the podium
Credit Aleck Ragsdale

Public outrage over the removal of several Atlanta school principals continued Monday at an Atlanta Board of Education meeting. Aleck Ragsdale has this report.

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4:15 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

State Education Board Gives Schools Option To Make Up Snow Days

With the snow and ice storm behind the state, how will school systems make up for more than a week’s worth of snow days?

The Georgia Board of Education Thursday gave school systems some flexibility in addressing that issue by unanimously approving a resolution to increase the number of emergency days a district can take without special board approval.

Districts now have the option to not make up as many as nine school days that may have been canceled due to the recent ice and snow storms that effectively shuttered the state.

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Atlanta Public Schools
9:18 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Former Atlanta Schools Executive Enters Plea, Will Testify For State

The district attorney's office says Few will testify against her former boss, APS superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.
Credit WABE

On Monday, Millicent Few, the former human resources director of the Atlanta Public Schools, agreed to a plea deal with the Fulton County District attorney’s office.

"I  just want to sincerely apologize to the citizens of Atlanta and specifically the students and their parents for my role in this matter. It’s taken a toll on my family, my support network and myself. I just want to apologize to them and I look forward to hopefully moving on with my life.”  

Few has agreed to testify on behalf of the state in its case against former APS superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall.

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10:55 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New Atlanta School Board Chair Talks Moving The District Forward

Newly elected APS board chair Courtney English talks about the challenges of the past for the Atlanta Public Schools.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

This week members of the Atlanta Board of Education took an oath as they were sworn in by Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland of the Superior Court of Fulton County.

Only 2 original board members are left from when the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal was revealed.

That includes At-Large Seat 7 Representative Courtney English who was unanimously voted board chairman.

In a two-part interview with WABE’s Rose Scott, English talks about the challenges of the past and how the board plans to govern for the future.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Six New Members join Atlanta Board of Education, English Voted Chairman

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Edmond Adams-seated-looks on as the nine member APS board is sworn in by Fulton County Senior Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland.
WABE 90.1 FM

It wasn't business as usual for the year's first Atlanta Board of Education meeting.

That's because there are six new members and as WABE's Rose Scott reports new leadership.

As the members walked in, the crowd cheered.

The first order of business was to swear in the new board.

But before the ceremony, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Edmond Adams delivered a mandate.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:02 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Former Educators Enter Into Plea Agreements, Will Testify For State

Starlette Mitchell with attorney Ruth McMullin.
WABE 90.1 FM/Scott

Today five former Atlanta Public Schools educators and one former secretary entered into a plea agreement with the state.

They were part of the original thirty-five indicted on charges related to test cheating in APS.

We have two reports on today’s court proceedings from WABE’s Michelle Wirth and Rose Scott.

62-year old Clarietta Davis is the former principal of Venetian Hills Elementary School.

During the state ordered investigation, some teachers at the school confessed to cheating, but Davis initially refused to answer any questions.

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3:50 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

APS Board Chair Weighs in on Grady H.S. Football Investigation

Outgoing APS Board Chairman Reuben McDaniel
Credit Atlanta Public Schools

The chair of the Atlanta Public School Board is weighing in on new developments in the Grady High School Football investigation. The investigation was prompted by an anonymous complaint alleging address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School.

In a statement Friday, Atlanta Public School Superintendent Erroll Davis announced some parents lied on enrollment affidavits. Davis said on those affidavits, parents claimed to live in Grady’s attendance zone when they actually lived elsewhere in the city or in another school district.

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10:15 am
Mon December 23, 2013

APS Officials Say Some Grady Parents Guilty of Address Fraud

APS officials say they have evidence some parents falsified addresses so that their children could attend Atlanta's Grady High School. Grady's attendance zones are outlined here.
Credit Rob Aaron, Michelle Wirth / WABE

Officials with the Atlanta Public Schools say they have conclusive evidence of address fraud at Grady High School following an investigation.

The investigation was prompted by allegations that some parents were falsifying their addresses so their children could attend the Midtown high school.

The accusations specifically applied to members of Grady’s winning football team.

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9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Atlanta Students Make Gains on National Tests

Credit Martha Dalton / WABE

Students in urban school districts are showing significant gains on national tests. And students in the Atlanta Public Schools are making some of the biggest improvements. 

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5:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Grady Athlete Says Address Fraud Occurs Frequently

Grady High School

  The Atlanta Public School Sytem is continuing to investigate whether some Grady High School football players have been using false addresses and were recruited to play on the team. Meanwhile, a former Grady athlete tells WABE’s Michelle Wirth he believes there are a number of students using inaccurate addresses.

Diedrick Hines played on Grady’s basketball team between 2005 and 2009. Hines says all four years, he never lived at an address zoned for the school.

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11:08 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Grady Football Team and Coach Under Investigation

APS superintendent Erroll Davis announces the investigation during a Monday press conference.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The Atlanta Public Schools is investigating a complaint that alleges address fraud and recruitment of football players at Grady High School. During a Monday press conference, APS superintendent Erroll Davis said,  "We take all such complaints seriously. We are taking swift and appropriate action to protect the integrity of our athletic and academic programs."

At least 1/3 of the team's approximately 60 players are under investigation. Davis said, "certainly not all of the students use the exact same address, but enough of them did to raise a significant red flag for us." 

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4:39 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Atlanta School Board Chair Loses Runoff

Credit Nick NeSmith/for WABE

The board overseeing the Atlanta Public School system will have a new chair next year.

That’s because current chairman Reuben McDaniel lost his runoff election Tuesday night to challenger Cynthia Briscoe Brown in the race for District 8 school board seat.

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Atlanta Public Schools
6:26 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Attorney For Indicted Educator: Trying All at Once "Unconstitutional"

Earlier this year, Brian Steel argued on behalf of all the defendants to have the indictment thrown out.
Credit WABE 90.1 FM

If all thirty-four defendants facing racketeering charges related to the Atlanta cheating scandal are tried at once, it will be history making and unconstitutional.

That’s according to an attorney representing one of the educators.

The remaining defendants include Dr. Luscious Brown, the former principal of Kennedy Middle School.

He’s charged with racketeering, making false statements and making false writings.

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4:48 am
Wed October 30, 2013

State Officials: Charter Schools Ahead on Most Standardized Testing

End-of-course tests for English Language Arts
Georgia Dept. of Education

The Georgia Charter Schools Association recently held a bus tour to visit several charter schools they say are excelling. The tour comes in a year where state officials report that charter schools overall are doing slightly better than traditional ones on most standardized testing.

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