• City council president wants end to standoff over beltline funds


    ATLANTA - The president of Atlanta’s City Council wants the city standoff with the Atlanta Public Schools over Beltline funds to come to an end.  
    Council president Caesar Mitchell announced from his office Wednesday afternoon his first step in finding a solution over beltline funds owed to the Atlanta school system.
    Outgoing school superintendent Erroll Davis has threatened legal action, which has angered Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
    Mitchell told Channel 2’s Jade Hernandez that he called a meeting next Monday with the rest of the city council. He wants them briefed over the issue and he wants to begin a search for what he calls a path to end the dispute.
    Mitchell said he doesn't want Atlanta’s incoming superintendent to deal with this as she tackles transforming APS.
    Her official contract begins July 7.
    "The conversation really is at a standstill because there is not a lot of agreement around the exchange of assets. So, just to make sure that we’re clear, the offer of exchanging assets versus hard dollars really has started and came from APS," Mitchell told Hernandez.
    Mitchell also said he is aiming for another meeting a week from next Monday to 10-days, which would close in on a solution between the city and APS.

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