Governor gathers APS officials, mayor in his office tomorrow for progress report

Just received a note that Gov. Nathan Deal plan to meet with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, APS Superintendent Beverly L. Hall, and members of the Atlanta school board on Tuesday morning at the Capitol to update him on their progress in meeting the SACS demands.

The meeting notice states that the governor wants the meeting to be private.  (I wonder about the legality of a board meeting in private that does not fall under one of the legal exemptions for closing meetings. Can anyone clarify? )

More here in this AJC story that just went up.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

28 comments Add your comment


April 25th, 2011
4:03 pm

Great!…now that Mr. Deal has Cupcake Bev and the rest of the cronies in the same room, he’ll be able to lock em all up at once.

Is Race baiter J Lowery gonna be outside the room looking thru the keyhole??

Is the Racist so-called concerned black clergy gonna protest (cuz they protest everything)

Is Vinnie Fort gonna do his clown immitation in the hallway??

Dr. John Trotter

April 25th, 2011
4:06 pm

It is important that everyone is able to save face. In my opinion, this is what a lot of this meeting is about. SACS has no intention of yanking its holy accreditation. Heck, it has only yanked one system’s accreditation in 42 or 43 years. That was Clayton County, and then Mark Elgart & Gang (SACS) gave it right back under probationary status. Heck, SACS is about money. It’s not going to cut its nose off despite its face. As President Bush, Sr. used to say: “Not going to happen.” SACS knows that it would be run out of Georgia (and any other state) if it actually started yanking its accreditation from school systems.

Let’s face it, folks. SACS is about money. The money-connected folks use it as a means of power and control and a way to circumvent the democratic process.

Concerned Tax Payer

April 25th, 2011
4:12 pm


Tuesday April 26, 2011

Gov. Deal has requested a meeting with Mayor Kasim Reed, Superintendent Beverly L. Hall, and members of the Board.

The meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at the State Capitol.

The purpose of the meeting to present a progress report on the district’s work to meet the SACS requirements.

At the Request of the Governor this is not a public meeting.
Action is not expected to taken.

Howard W. Grant, Ph.D.
Atlanta Board of Education
130 Trinity Avenue, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404.802.2200 (Board Office)
404.802.1204 (Fax)

Maureen Downey

April 25th, 2011
4:14 pm

@Concerned, I saw the notice, but I am wondering about whether the meeting constitutes a board meeting under the law, which would necessitate it being open to media unless it met one of the closed session exemptions.

Reality Check

April 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

What if supermarkets were run like the government school system:

Concerned Tax Payer

April 25th, 2011
4:29 pm

Great point, Maureen. I’m interested to know, myself. I can only imagine what’s going to be said in that meeting tomorrow morning…


April 25th, 2011
4:45 pm

Can they close the meeting if there is not a quorum of Board meetings? If not, I would think this meeting would be subject to the Open Meetings Act and would be open to the public, regardless of the Governor’s request.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 25th, 2011
4:57 pm

Dr. John:

SACS is right near the top of the acronym-dominated, money-grubbing educracy.

Reality Check:

Do you recall the late President Ford’s assertion that “if the federal government produced beer, they’d have to sell it at $50/six-pack?” Well, if we had to rely on our state’s educrats to operate our supermarkets, there’d be a quick end to our state’s obesity epidemic.

And, on a more serious note, does anybody think that in tomorrow’s planned meeting Gov. Deal will press the APS to produce valid and reliable data comparing the successes of its south- and north-side graduates in college and in the job market?


April 25th, 2011
5:07 pm

Wonder how the Superintendent search is going for APS?


April 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

Wonder how the search for a new Superintendent is going? Maybe Deal can help them out there.


April 25th, 2011
5:47 pm

I wouldn’t want Deal to help me out with a wild hog search, much less a superintendent’s search.


April 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

I’m guessing it isn’t a meeting of the board. It would be a private discussion with members of the board and other people–a “position” meeting to “clear the air.”


April 25th, 2011
6:25 pm

It “just so happens” that B.Hall and the board members will be together. Anyone want to bet how many lawyers will be in the room also?

Democracy subverted

April 25th, 2011
9:28 pm

Great to hear that deal isn’t wasting any more time when it comes to violating our constitutional rights. No need to stuff the ballot box anymore, just have the results tossed aside

Atlanta Education, Politics and Business

April 25th, 2011
9:50 pm

@catlady. I wonder how many metro Chamber members and/or other business people will be in the room. If they aren’t in the room, they’ll be lingering in the hall.

The meeting is about business, right?

Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

April 25th, 2011
10:17 pm

Corporal punishment is still allowed in schools; question is, is it allowed in the Governor’s office?

Just Wondering

April 25th, 2011
10:25 pm

@catlady…at least 3: Deal, Mayor Reed & Yolanda Johnson:) and lets not forget GOSA who always has the smartest people in the room:))


@Dr. Trotter…I think they will yank or put on extended probation…until the charter is amended back to its original structure and the current chair steps down and a new chair (neither KSE or LBB) is elected that is consistent with the state charter. That’s the reason we are where we are. The rest of the stuff is window dressing.

Just Wondering

April 25th, 2011
10:31 pm

MDJ…It is not a meeting called by the board, so it is not a board meeting, however, the case can be made that Board business will be discussed. Just because a majority is present doesn’t make it an official meeting.


April 26th, 2011
12:11 am

and the Republicans said Roy Barnes micromanaged… they don’t manage they rule… the voters that elected the board don’t matter… the Republican Party rules… now the board has the opportunity to sign their pledge cards… the Party, hail the Party

Dr. John Trotter

April 26th, 2011
1:54 am

Just got back on this blog. Been gone all afternoon and evening. Yes, I think that this constitutes a “school board meeting.” It does not fall into any of the well delineated exceptions in the code section. If all someone had to do was call the meeting for the school board and the board could say that it was not a school board meeting, then Howard Grant could call all kinds of meetings for the school board. A majority of the school board members cannot even meet at Ruby Tuesday’s and discuss school board business. But, I suppose the laws are made only for us little people, right? Ha!

TSA touching

April 26th, 2011
6:09 am

I will LMAO if Deal pushes M. Rhee to be the next APS super. she has been here a lot and has had private meeting with the Gov. LOL, worst ethics in the us congress. the good ole boy network alive and well in GA.


April 26th, 2011
7:22 am

Maybe they should do a conference call instead. Or is that a “board meeting”, too? I know our board gets together to plan their responses when citizens are upset about something, or to decide how they will vote, BEFORE the “planning” session.


April 26th, 2011
7:31 am

Perhaps a better title might be “Lack of Progress Report”?


April 26th, 2011
12:50 pm

Does the AJC have attorneys that look out for Open Meeting violations? I would trust their answer more than one proferred on a blog.

Question Man

April 26th, 2011
1:11 pm

Though an open meeting would have been best, are you planning to do an Open Records Act request on all of the participants?


April 26th, 2011
1:50 pm

Tim you’re an idiot…


April 26th, 2011
10:08 pm

A board meeting with an oversight agency or official doesn’t appear to be a meeting within the definition of the Open Meeting Act. It requires that no official action can be taken. Looking at the code, there are some points to be interpreted but it looks like an exception in the law.

Atlanta Education, Politics and Business

April 27th, 2011
11:56 am

The SACS issue has nothing to do with APS & education; the Mayor and Governor’s interference has nothing to do with APS & education; the Atlanta Chamber and business community’s interests have nothing to do with APS & education; who leads the ABOE has nothing to do with APS & education; the very vocal parents who wear the yellow buttons have nothing to do with APS & education. All of these have everything in common with APS & BUSINESS.

The press and attention to APS is all about who controls the board vote when its time to hire the next school superintendent. If the business community has “one of their trusted board members” in the leadership position like they did when it came time to cover-up (or try to) the CRCT erasure scandal, then they will get to pick which CEO of the school system they can wine and dine for the millions of dollars annually that are awarded in APS contracts.

It is all about money. If anything educational happens in the process, then that is a great outcome. After all, the leaders of Atlanta’s business community have their own children in private school where they are getting an education thanks to the taxpayer dolllars awarded courtesy of APS through the business contracts.

Who sits in which chair and who is sitting in the chairs isn’t for the public to decide, or the Georgia constitution, or the voters, it is for the big business to decide. Or didn’t you get that memo? I just can’t believe how naive the 4 on the board is or how naive their parent followers are, or maybe they are that blind and deserve exactly the kind of education their children receive in the APS system.