I wanted to direct you to my colleague Henry Unger’s business blog today where Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams predict dire consequences to the metro economy if Atlanta Public Schools lose accreditation.
Both think the entire metro area would suffer if APS loses accreditation — not just the city.
Here’s why: Corporate execs are in the driver’s seat these days when it comes to selecting where to make new investments. The competition among cities is steep. So news of a loss of accreditation in a big school system, both said, would cause many execs to scratch metro Atlanta from their search list.
Reed and Williams met with the accreditation decision-maker, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and expect a decision soon.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog