Archive for August 15, 2011

Interim Board of Education Member Sworn Into Office at Special Legislative Meeting

 District 2 resident Nisha Simama was sworn in this evening as the interim atlanta board of education representative, representing District 2.  Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams of Fulton County performed the ceremony which was the board’s first action of the evening.  Simama currently works as a counselor and multicultural coordinator at the Paideia School. 

Simama, who fills the position left vacant by former board member and chair Khaatim El, holds a Masters degree in Urban Education/Political Science from Clark Atlanta University.  She begins serving her interim appointment as of August 15, 2011.  A special election in November will provide the board with an elected District 2 representative.

August 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm Leave a comment

Nominate a teacher for Symetra Heroes in the Classroom


Symetra Heroes in the Classroom

Do you know an APS teacher who deserves recognition for his or her hard work and dedication to making a difference in student’s lives? Well now is your chance to make that happen! SixteenGeorgiateachers will be selected as an Symetra Heroes in the Classroom presented by SunTrust Bank  for their outstanding leadership and instruction. Winners will receive a $1,000 donation to their school, two tickets to a 2011 Falcons home game, a VIP sideline experience at the Georgia Dome, as well as recognition at school and on the field during game day!

Who is eligible?

All K-12 teachers in Georgia.

Who can nominate? 

Current or former students of a nominated teacher, Parents of current or former students of a nominated teacher, Coworker of a nominated teacher, Current or former principal of a nominated teacher, School district staff.

What are the criteria for selecting Heroes?

Hero selection is based on a teacher’s ability to: balance the core curriculum with students’ individual needs; build trust among students, parents and the community; and invest in their students’ long-term success.

When does it start?

Nominations are being accepted now! The first Falcons home game is Sept. 18 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The sooner the nominations are submitted, the more opportunity your favorite teacher has to be a winner! For more information and to nominate a teacher today, visit

August 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

Q and A: Did the administration think of the downside of dismissing teachers and principals?

Each day this week we will post one question and answer from last week’s SNAPPS town hall meeting between superintendent Davis and members of the community.

Question:  Did the administration think of the downside of dismissing teachers and principals?

Davis’ Answer:  “No one has been dismissed. People have been put on administrative leave. The CRCT investigation implicated 178 people. The report concluded that these people were directly involved in cheating or knew or should have known about it. The question I had to balance was a risk management question. I am hopeful that many will be exonerated. If so, I am hopeful that they will be welcomed back with open arms. However, there was cheating. And kids did not cheat. Adults did. When a school can go from being ranked 800 (or so) to #1 in the state, we’ve got a problem.

There are three processes at work: administrative hearings in APS, PSC process and the district attorney’s process. Things are not moving quickly because the criminal justice system wants to operate first. Until we work our way through that system, we will try to use those employees on administrative leave to the extent possible within their job description. But I had to made a judgment call. They will not be in the classroom.”

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August 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Superintendent Davis meets with Southwest and Northwest community members

 Approximately 200 people gathered at M.A. Jones Elementary last week for the SNAPPS*-hosted Coffee and Conversation with Superintendent Erroll Davis.

Board members present were Chair Brenda Muhammad, who delivered brief remarks, and Cecily Harsch-Kinnane. In the audience alongside parents and community members was a lively contingent of APS teachers, model teacher leaders and principals, who expressed their readiness for the new school year.

The superintendent fielded questions mostly about the fair and cost-effective treatment of employees on administrative leave and the importance of ongoing community and parental involvement.

Three candidates for the permanent seat of Education District 2 representative also attended the forum. 

Each day this week we will post one question and answer from this informative town hall. 

*Southwest and Northwest Atlanta Parents and Partners for Schools

August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Special legislative session convenes this week

Monday, August 15, 2011 marks the start of the governor-called special legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.

The special session will focus on redistricting or reapportionment, which occurs every 10 years after the release of the U.S. Census Bureau analysis of population, housing and other demographic data.  State legislators use the data to redraw the lines of their U.S. congressional representative districts and general assembly districts based on shifts in the nation’s population.

While Georgia’s special session is expected to focus primarily on redistricting, legislation regarding transportation sales and use taxes, and local legislation affecting school districts may be introduced.

Working with senior cabinet members and the school system’s in-house legislative liaison, Superintendent Davis will keep the Board of Education informed about progress.

August 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Special Board of Education Legislative Meeting, August 15, 2011

NOTICE  – August 15, 2011

The Board will convene a Special Emergency Legislative Meeting* ** on Monday August 15, 2011. 

Agenda Items for Discussion and/or Action

 1.      Swearing-in of Interim District Two Board Member –

–Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams, Fulton County Superior Court will preside.

2.      Approval of Resolution 11/12 – 0108:


 3.      Superintendent’s Contract

Time: 5:30 pm

Location:   Center for Learning and Leadership Auditorium

130 Trinity Avenue

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

*Action may be taken

**The Board may enter into an executive session to discuss or deliberate on personnel (O.C.G.A. S50-14-3) and/or pending or potential litigations, settlements, claims, administrative proceedings, or other judicial actions. (O.C.GA. S 50-14-2)

August 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment

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