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6th Grade Academy site on agenda at Thursday's Grady State-of-the-Cluster meeting

Atlanta Public Schools’ Superintendent Erroll B. Davis is expected to attend and discuss middle school capacity issues.

Grady’s State-of-the-Cluster Meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at Grady High School and is open to all community members and stakeholders. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta Public Schools’ Superintendent Erroll B. Davis is expected to attend and discuss middle school capacity issues.

Last week, Davis responded to the Inman Task Force regarding capacity issues and a copy of that letter is attached with this article.

At the start of the 2012-13 school year, Davis delivered a state-of-the-district address to speak candidly about our challenges and new work to build a culture of excellence system wide.

Now, the K-12 regional executive directors and school principals are holding their own forums to provide an update on the state of the schools in each cluster. APS leaders will discuss the academic offerings in the schools and answer questions from parents, students, employees and partners.

Lance Weatherby March 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
From the APS August 24 task force meeting notes that can be found here: http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/29002 "Mr. Hoskins made it clear at the last meeting (August 7) that per Superintendent Davis the 3 new second middle school scenarios in the handouts were unacceptable and off the table. Racial imbalances were cited as a factor for taking these 3 scenarios off the table."
Jh312 March 06, 2013 at 08:39 PM
So, the board is all in favor of neighborhood schools, unless that neighborhood is majority white. I understand that this city has a painful past in terms of race, but why is forced diversity the focus instead of great schools in every neighborhood? It implies (as someone in the meeting noted) that a majority black school must automatically be less successful. Is that what Hoskins/Davis are saying? People are far more likely to invest in a school within their community. The great thing about being in a city is that each neighborhood is different on many levels. As such, a one-size-fits-all approach to education cannot prosper in an urban area with so many variables. Let's decentralize our educational efforts and allow individuals within each community to have a say in what happens within their neighborhood schools. This issue of diversity is a diversonary tactic for Davis and the rest of the board so they can avoid doing any real work in terms of educational improvement FOR EVERYONE. But, silly me, why keep it simple: reading, writing, math, science and history - when you can overcomplicate things to the point of paralysis?
Jh312 March 12, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I hear that the K-8 option is back on the table for Centennial. Does anyone have anymore info on this? Also, check out this blogpost from AJC: http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2013/03/12/anybody-out-there-want-to-rethink-middle-school-besides-me/

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