Is Brad Bryant our new state school superintendent? If so, Gov Perdue made a great choice.

Word is that Brad Bryant, state board of education member from DeKalb, will be named interim state school chief in the wake of Kathy Cox’s resignation to take a job heading a think tank. Brad is a smart guy and has worked very hard on education.

If he is the choice, Georgia schools are in good hands.  Gov. Perdue made a great choice if this turns out to be true.

Now, will Brad run for the seat as an independent?

I have asked Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley to confirm and he sent me an e-mail that he is sitting on the beach on vacation. I told him in that case, he ought to throw his Blackberry in the ocean and relax, but not until he sends one final e-mail to me with either a yes or no. Still waiting for that response.

I just heard back from Matt Cardoza at DOE, who, it turns out, is also on vacation this week. He said he has not heard anything.

And I have a call into Brad.

Update: It is now four hours later and I am still waiting for official confirmation. The AP has just come out with a story saying it is a fact, but there is no named source in the story. I am certain now from the unnamed sources that Brad Bryant has the job, but would love to hear it from him or the governor.

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DeKalb Educated

June 15th, 2010
1:05 pm

I know Brad and his family. I wish he stayed on the DeKalb School Board and maybe we wouldn’t have the troubles we are having now. He will do a good job. He is an honorable man so we hope the takes his brains and ethics with him to the head office. Can you do anything to fix DeKalb?

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Same Bunch that Screwed Clayton

June 15th, 2010
1:23 pm

He’s the guy that showed up in Clayton County representing the State board. So they have decided who their next chump will be. Clayton, Fulton, Cobb, now Dekalb and the State go down to the power mongers . . . fighting for the money, not the kids or education.


June 15th, 2010
1:36 pm

Is it possible that Maureen is so chummy with, or derives such status from knowing the various people she name dropped, that she would be hesitant to ever criticize them?

Just a question.


June 15th, 2010
1:47 pm

lets get one of those jokers from clayton county to run as school board super intendent.


June 15th, 2010
1:55 pm

Somebody please save our schools in ALL COUNTIES~!!!!

Longer summers in Cobb

June 15th, 2010
1:59 pm

Let’s hope Brad can change the school start date after Labor Day…it is way too hot in Georgia to start school in August…more school buses & vehicles on the road on code Orange smog days just doesn’t make sense…A September school start date will drastically reduce emissions & air pollution.

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June 15th, 2010
2:11 pm

I get so irritated when people say they want to start school in September and have longer summers. I grew up in Northern Virginia and we never started school until after Labor Day, however we always went for several weeks in June. In fact, I did not graduate H.S until June 20th. The idea of getting out of school in May was something I never even considered.


June 15th, 2010
2:28 pm

Wonder what Bryant knows about the way kids learn ? I mean REALLY not by shading bubbles to test questions!!!


June 15th, 2010
2:46 pm

Starting school after Labor Day completely throws off the calendars for finals. It’s so much easier to have finals before Christmas and before Memorial Day and just be done with it. Because of parental pressure in this area (which I have to say Fulton County did not cave to, up until this year, but unfortunately they did for next year) the school calendar has 83 days in one semester and 94 in the other.

While the extra 4 days the second semester are definitely a blessing, do you have any idea how hard it is to shave 7 days off of World History when you’re teaching everything from Ancient Egypt and Sumeria through the Scientific Revolution and the Columbian Exchange?


June 15th, 2010
2:57 pm

To Same Bunch that Screwed Clayton: It was Clayton that screwed Clayton. No one else.


June 15th, 2010
2:59 pm

There are systems that start late in August or early September that do not go 3 weeks into June. Starting the first week in August is ridiculous. We need to start later…I think it would save a ton of money on air conditioning alone. At least it will save more money than outlawing mini-fridges in the classroom!


June 15th, 2010
2:59 pm


June 15th, 2010
3:14 pm

This year, if we start on Tuesday after Labor Day, off on Nov. 25&26 for Thanksiving, and begin Christmas break on Dec. 24, we can put in 75 days. Starting on Jan. 3 (first Monday of the month), no break at all – no MLK birthday, no spring break – we can put 105 days by the Memorial Day.

So, I suppose it can be done, but would anyone support such a calendar?

Rob please

June 15th, 2010
3:46 pm

As ignorant and pathetic as board members such as Rod Johnson and Ericka Davis acted, if you think there wasn’t politics involved on the part of others to execute a political power play on behalf of the GAE majority voting block on the Clayton board, you are hopelessly uninformed concerning the dynamics of Clayton.

Now yes, they just censured another board member in Clayton. But part of that censure was for that board member claiming illegal activity on the part of the board chair and superintendent.

Will they investigate those allegations, or simply try to squelch any talk of them with a censure?

Ann Duffy

June 15th, 2010
4:18 pm


June 15th, 2010
5:06 pm

What is his views? Does he support a three tier diploma? Will he stick up for the teachers unlike Cox? Does he support Math 1,2,3 and 4? Is he for or against the RTTT? Can some one tell us?


June 15th, 2010
5:08 pm

We need someone with common sense and able to persuade the General ASSembly of why education is important.


June 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

Was this question a bit too hot for anybody to handle? Is it possible that Maureen is so enamored of dropping names like Brantley, Bryant, an such that it affects her ability to say anything critical of them?


June 15th, 2010
5:58 pm


I am not exactly sure of the purpose of your statement about Maureen however, I would assume that her job ethics would not allow her to be critical. I am sure that if you hold a professional position that you are only allowed to say so much before you are given a pink slip.

And, let’s be for real jobs cut are a penny a dozen these days.


June 15th, 2010
6:04 pm

Angela, as Maureen is prone to remind readers, she is an opinion writer, so there would be nothing unethical in her offering an opinion.

The thing about Maureen is, she can do very good work on behalf of what’s best for Georgia’s students, but many times she has to be prodded like a recalcitrant child in order to do so.

Public School Parent

June 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

OH please TELL ME NO. When a group of parents, concerned teachers and math college professors questioned the high school math program two years ago Brad Bryant accused us of being racists.

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Eliz A.

June 15th, 2010
8:29 pm

Amazing man! Congrats, Brad. Sonny made the absolute best choice in appointing you. You will do great things for children and their families in Georgia.


June 15th, 2010
8:31 pm

@Public School Parent

I find that VERY hard to believe. He is anything but racist. You must have the wrong person.

Elected superintendents

June 15th, 2010
9:08 pm

Well, at least we’ll have a chance to vote on a state school superintendent. Voters SHOULD be able to vote for local school superintendents.


June 15th, 2010
10:26 pm

you are saying KC was a good thing since she was an elected superintendent???


June 16th, 2010
11:25 am

I know Mr. Bryant and his family. They are wonderful people. He is an honest, hard-working, ethical individual. We should be so lucky to have him remain state superintendent.


June 16th, 2010
1:01 pm

d2: “What is his views?”

Should someone who uses such poor grammar be allowed to contribute to this discussion?