• APS superintendent proposes turn-around strategy


    ATLANTA - The superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools is calling for fundamental changes in the district with immediate and long-lasting effects on teachers and students.

    In a one-on-one interview, Superintendent Meria Carstarphen told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston she wants to bring in outside companies to help her improve some of the district's failing schools.

    She also wants to consolidate and close some schools, and build new ones that focus on subjects like math and science.

    Chairman English agrees.

    "We have to do everything we can, as fast as we can, to give them the education they deserve," English said.

    He said they have to move fast, because Gov. Nathan Deal wants to take over any failing schools in the state and create a brand new district.  

    Atlanta has 26 schools that are not making the grade.

    Carstarphen presents her ideas to the Atlanta School Board on Monday.

    She said not all teachers may want to be apart of such sweeping changes. 

    “Let's not lose sight of what’s at stake here," English said.

    Obviously, there is going to be some impact, potential impact on employment, and we're going to work, and we're going; to do everything in our power to help our teachers through what may be a difficult moment,” English said. “But most importantly, we have to do what is right for our kids."

    English told Huddleston the board could vote on the proposal as early as March 2 on the private companies, based in Atlanta, Carstarphen wants to use to help with her failing schools

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