APS official response on North Atlanta High leadership purge

From Stephen J. Alford, executive director of communications, Atlanta Public Schools, on the purge yesterday of the leadership at North Atlanta High School:

Thank you for sharing your concerns and views about the recent leadership transition at North Atlanta High School. We have been preparing for new leadership at North Atlanta after learning that our principal planned to retire at the end of last school year.

On Monday, Dr. Howard Taylor was approved by the Atlanta Board of Education to serve as the new principal of North Atlanta. We are confident that Dr. Taylor’s leadership will take the school to the next level, a level of excellence that our parents and students deserve.

We understand the concern about timing and continuity, but please know that North Atlanta is replete with determined instructional professionals who are committed to delivering a quality education to all students. In addition, APS will certainly provide enhanced school-level support to ensure that there is no gap in service to students. In fact, each academy has been assigned two transition academy leaders, during the transition process. Permanent academy leaders will be installed by Dr. Taylor as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that among other changes, we will be moving into a new school next year; the move to a new campus coupled with having a new principal and installing a new leadership team is precisely why it is critical that we begin the transition process sooner, rather than later. Our decisions and actions are guided by longterm, sustainable school and instructional programs that will benefit all students.

Make no mistake, we thought long and hard about the transition. In making significant decisions that result in changes to our schools, we owe it to you and all of our stakeholders to weigh many important factors, including how the school is structured, about processes — how we get things done, and about timing. We have done the work and we are confident that we are making the right decisions that are best for North Atlanta.

Making the right decision is not always easy or popular, but it is always right. We are eager to transition to new leadership at North Atlanta High School and deliver an enhanced educational experience that our students and parents deserve. The staff members, students, parents and community stakeholders of North Atlanta High School play a critical role in the success of the transition. Now is the time to begin laying the foundation of North Atlanta’s new direction.

We will be meeting with parents next week to provide additional information about the transition and answer questions that our parents deserve answered. There is nothing more important to APS than providing a quality education to all students. We will work with parents, students, and employees to make the transition successful and enhance the educational experience at North Atlanta. Parents demand excellence from us; we are demanding excellence for our students and parents.

Again, thank you for sharing your concerns.

Stephen J. Alford

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

146 comments Add your comment

Big Mama

October 6th, 2012
5:17 pm

I don’t see any reason for the sudden dismissal. Or, for the escort out the door. Must be a political reason.

bootney farnsworth

October 6th, 2012
5:26 pm

the reason for the sudden dismissal is simple.

no warning, no chance to collect proof/evidence of the wrongdoing of the system.
they want to avoid people having the chance to create a paper trial.

I love teaching. I hate what it is becoming...

October 6th, 2012
5:35 pm

No answers here at all…just lots of “double speak”.

Chris Murphy

October 6th, 2012
5:49 pm

“Making the right decision is not always easy or popular, but it is always right.”

This guy is brilliant! He’s even better than Keith Bromery!! An Einstein!

Andrea Shelton

October 6th, 2012
5:50 pm

APS and Mr. Alford – you are long on platitudes and short on facts. Newsflash: You work for us – the parents and students – we make the demands, not you. You’re demanding excellence? We had it; you kicked it out the door on Friday and notified us with a robo-call. That was excellence?

Dunwoody Mom

October 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

Well, there’s your typical Central Office gobbledygook. Speaking from my own experience as a parent, there is nothing more frustrating and irritating than when administrators are moved around without any official reason from the school district. Rumors and all sorts of other nonsense are spread when all parents, and students, want is just the facts. The drama, for the most part, starts and ends, with the School District Administration.

nikki

October 6th, 2012
5:59 pm

Jackson High will also be going to a new school next year as well as getting a new principal this year. Our principal was also approved on Monday, I assume. I wonder why this didn’t take place at our school or maybe it will. So it seems as if what happened at North Atlanta was not necessary or that APS doesn’t care about the students at Jackson because they are not having an overhaul. However I love our current academy leaders as well as our Interim principal Mr. Kenner. APS is a mess and I wonder how many of them on school board actually have students currently in school.

RCB

October 6th, 2012
6:12 pm

Board members may have children, but I doubt they’re in APS.

Ron F.

October 6th, 2012
6:15 pm

bootney: me thinks this was done hastily to try to put the lid back on a can of worms that was about to be dumped on someone’s head. I bet we’ll never know for sure, but an entire administrative team isn’t dumped so hastily just because the system wants to go in a “new direction.” If the recipients of this sudden escort out of Dodge were smart, they’d have the paper trail already in place, and I’ll bet they do. And I’d also bet some promises or threats were made to keep those reassigned quiet. Something’s up that caused this sudden change and it’ll be interesting to see if the public ever finds out.

Maureen Downey

October 6th, 2012
6:16 pm

@nikki, Wondering the same. Sent this note to Mr. Alford:

Mr. Alford,
Brace yourself.
You are going to get a lot of flak about this general statement from my blog readers as it doesn’t address why the removal of the current leadership team at North Atlanta was done in such a bizarre fashion. Or why there are eight Central Office staffers assigned to the school as job placeholders at such a critical time.
As one parent said in a community email: “In less than two weeks, members of the International Baccalaureate Committee will come to NAHS to review accreditation. Without the leadership that has worked so diligently to prepare the school for this accreditation, there is cause for serious concern what chances the school has to “pass the test”, so to speak
Also, the response doesn’t explain why, if these changes were so urgent and vital to North Atlanta’s future success, they were not also vital to Jackson High’s success. The goals for Jackson — which also had a new principal named Monday — are assuredly the same as those for North Atlanta so why the differences?
There are a lot of attentive parents in Atlanta who want both the details and the truth. I wish there were more of both in this response.
Maureen

catlady

October 6th, 2012
6:22 pm

Apparently APS thinks this “statement” will satisfy those who care about their children’s experiences at this high school. Note, APS: This does not appear to be your usual do-nothing, care-little parent group.

EXPLAIN yourself!

NAH Alumni

October 6th, 2012
6:23 pm

Ha this letter is garbage and fluff.

Concerned APS Parent

October 6th, 2012
6:27 pm

So according to Mr. Alford this move was in the works for at least a year. Why not let the parents, teachers and more importantly, the administrators know of this plan. Ambushing us all is always a better move. Well thought out. Why is a new administration needed just because the physical building is new? I believe Dr. Taylor would have welcomed the experience of all the academy leaders at NAHS. They know the students, the procedures, the staff. Now we have in their place double the amount of people who do not know the students, staff or anything about NAHS. BRILLIANT MOVE APS!! Once again, we have a leader who operates in a secret society and does whatever the hell they want without thinking thru the consequences. Now you are scrambling to get us all on board. Enrollment was up at NAHS but I would be surprised if that trend continues. A new building is not what attracts people to a school. It is the people that attracts the people. And right now APS does not look very attractive at all.

Liz

October 6th, 2012
6:50 pm

Seriously? I mean seriously?

As a student who has been attending NAHS for three years, this news is shocking and horrifying. Those administrators were the ones who’ve know me since I was a Freshman, who helped me fill out community service forms, who were helping me plan for COLLEGE.

And you do this at such a critical time, when the IB accreditors are coming?! What if, because of this bizarre and likely political stunt, there are problems with the review? This is not just my, but the education of ALL NAHS students that are being shaken.

I don’t even have words to describe how I feel right now. I just hope you recognize the ramifications of this decision.

Prof

October 6th, 2012
7:05 pm

@ Ron F., 6:15 pm, in answer to Bootney : ” If the recipients of this sudden escort out of Dodge were smart, they’d have the paper trail already in place, and I’ll bet they do.”

Well, in his phone-interview with Maureen earlier today, MyGrant said of his leaving that “I had already cleaned out my office when I retired in June,” and noted that instead of waiting for security to escort him out the front, he simply left out the back door, went to his car, and drove off. Sounds like he left with any paper/computer trail that he had accumulated, and certainly that he had Taken Care of Business in June.

crankee-yankee

October 6th, 2012
7:29 pm

Whatever dirt initiated this is sure to come out. May take a little while, but it will surface. Too bad the kids are taking the initial punch.

Ron F.

October 6th, 2012
7:31 pm

@Prof: assuming there were any business to take care of, which is one of many theories that will get all the more attention because of the bizarre, sudden move by APS. I would think that if there weren’t something more to the story than anyone involved is telling right now, they would have just followed the prearranged plan. A lot of buzz and hullabaloo isn’t something they need more of right now, is it? I’ve been in education too long not to know that changes like this don’t suddenly happen without a lot of unseen and publicly unheard “stuff” going on somewhere. This is yet another reason I’m glad I’m not in a big system. Word gets around in a small town and you can’t just sweep the dust under the rug without somebody talking about it.

North Atlanta Mom

October 6th, 2012
7:35 pm

I think the really crazy part is the other administrators who were reassigned.

Mygrant was on the way out any way, so ultimately it will not matter.

But what did the other administrators do to deserve this?

Did they do anything, I wonder, or were they just collateral damage.

Right one

October 6th, 2012
8:00 pm

Brenda Muhammed’s grandson attends Jackson. You would think that they would have the same concerns for Jackson which actually has some of the same issues as North Atlanta. Will they be getting marched out of Jackson?

Logical Dad

October 6th, 2012
8:00 pm

Complete and utter BS from an unintelligent bureaucrat. Remember Maureen, it’s not the crime – it’s the cover up. This will blow up in Alford’s face (and Davis’, too) before it ends. The corruption in the central office may be a blessing in disguise. Hope Alford and Davis have their resume’s up-to-date.

Deep Looks

October 6th, 2012
8:10 pm

Mr. Alford: Quite a step up for you, huh? Why didn’t the superintendent write the letter like he wrote the first one? Watch out, my friend. You just may follow in the steps of your predecessor. That is one constant with this administration…they always find a fall guy.

chillywilly

October 6th, 2012
8:14 pm

I couldn’t agree with Logical Dad more. Erroll Davis, Keith Bromery, Alford, Chuck Burbridge, Nader Sohrab, and a few more need to be publicly humiliated and walked out of the front door by the SWAT Team.

Deep Looks

October 6th, 2012
8:41 pm

So if this has been in the works for a year, was asking MyGrant to come back and take the reigns done just so you could try to humiliate him along with the rest of the administration?? I suppose that was a typo? I bet right now you are all huddled together in a room with Chantel Mullen while she conjures up some more trash that will only serve to assist you to a quicker route to court. Get ready, Erroll. Your actions may have written a check that your district can’t cash!

Cliff Claven

October 6th, 2012
8:42 pm

Don’t hold your breath on anyone getting in trouble over this. They had a cheating scandal that costs millions of dollars and nothing ever really happened to those in the central office.

Ed Johnson

October 6th, 2012
8:44 pm

APS’ official response cannot possibly begin to substitute for their bad, dehumanizing, unethical, thuggish, bullying, and downright rotten managerial behavior in this matter.

To understand a system, watch what it does, not what it says.

Deep Looks

October 6th, 2012
8:47 pm

One more thing…you care so much about the children, but you do this one day before what may be the final SAT for some of the seniors. Early Acceptance or Early Admissions kids may very well have taken a test in the very school that was filled with Waldon and her henchmen less than 18 hours beforehand. Nice move. It’s all about the instruction and achievement, huh?

Concerned parent

October 6th, 2012
9:15 pm

So let me understand this as a concerned parent as well as an educator of 17 years….Why would you have to escort the principal as well as the administration team out of the building in front of students and teachers because new administration has been hired. This is some inapprorpriate and unprofessional. However, Atlanta is allowing has allowed this superintendent to do whatever he feels like doing because, “there is a NEW day in ATLANTA” …please…it is still political and at the end of the day students are not the priority!

Lizze mae

October 6th, 2012
10:08 pm

This is a mess, what is really happen in APS. Jackson was assigned a principal just like NAHS. So when do they come and shake up Maynard Jackson like NAHS or it’s not that important. Listen let’s have school and teach children. Every school in APS should be as important as NAHS and Grady High School. Don’t let the community determine the importance of the school. Maynard Jackson parent get on board and check out your new principal and see if she is really what her RESUME reads. Don’t be fool by the REAL TALK. What happen to the number one person that was up for the POSITION HAVE ANY ONE ASKED THE QUESTION. Don;t be in the position that we are at NAHS.

Beulah Monroe

October 6th, 2012
10:25 pm

Interesting, now North Atlanta is feeling what some of the schools on the southside felt over the past two years and they want to complain. Interesting, they loved Davis when he was binding over and kissing their—-. But now, they want to complain because he had to make a decision that was not favorable to the elite northside. You all were in line saying how his contract should be renewed, Well, it is your turn now. Suck it up!!!

A betting man would...

October 6th, 2012
10:34 pm

Do you want to bet the school’s admin failed to follow procedures for something like sexual harassment. Tried to hide something, and needed to be put out before they could destroy some evidence.

You are siding with the wrong side, wait and see.

JAR

October 6th, 2012
10:42 pm

Don’t waste our time with this hogwash from Alford. What does Davis the dictator have to say regarding these clarvoyant decissions????

vh3

October 6th, 2012
11:13 pm

Best thing that could come of this fiasco is for it to blow up on Davis and force our spineless school board to get rid of him and his cronies. Davis talks a good talk in public, but many parents who actually have kids in these schools see up close the disdain he often shows for our communities, parents, and students. I don’t believe for a minute he cares one iota about these kids.
Hope these NAHS parents keep pushing to figure out why APS has done this. Don’t let them off the hook!
BTW – nice response back to Mr. Alford Maureen.

Concerned

October 7th, 2012
12:29 am

Wow! I have never read something that supposedly had answers but left me with more questions. This is pitiful. If this [plan] has been in the making for a year, why didn’t APS have community meetings, surveys, task force meetings, etc. I mean really, the Superintendent put together a Task Force for Inman’s overcrowding issues but nothing for North Atlanta. This smells to high heaven. I do not see where anything has gotten better in APS. I believe this entire district is an island of misfit toys!!!! Can APS stay out of the news????

No Name Jane

October 7th, 2012
1:25 am

It is about time things with APS come to light. When Dr. Hall left the whole board should have been impeached. To much money is being handled by the wrong people. This is bigger than just the administrators at these schools, I could not understand why the same board that keep renewing Dr. Hall’s contract for all of those years to are still there. They had to know what was going on (everybody else did) did they not look at the test scores. I am waiting for an investigation in the Contract office to begin. that’s a real story in it self. The food service managers that are employed by APS are forced to do things that are not legal. Sodexo the food service company are allowed to have employees working around kids with CRIMINAL records and felonies, and the managers are force to do things they we all know are not food safety oriented. They are BULLIED daily and are afraid of speaking out for fear of termination. It would be a good idea to talk to the APS food service managers in private or on a personal level.. They have some stories to tell. Sodexo and some food service APS administrators should be marched out also. No private food service company should be allowed to operate in public school. Is it not strange that APS is the only system that uses this company, Again I say why get rid of Dr. Hall and not the food service company she brought with her, or the Board that keep renewing the contracts over and over. I’m just saying !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ivan

October 7th, 2012
7:56 am

Beulah Monroe – You couldn’t be more wrong. Davis has never kissed any part of us. Rather, he has gone against us at every turn – look at Mside. He’s driven more of Buckhead into private schools and now this is spreading (not good for any of us). Plus, this is not even a totally unpopular decision, the question is why did they decide to treat these public servants like criminals instead of with the respect that was due. It goes to the point that Davis thinks he’s a king and acts accordingly and doesn’t have to answer to the community or Board. Alford’s statement is a joke and doesn’t answer any questions. You tell us to suck it up but if all of us don’t start demanding accountability from the people that work for us, next time it could be you. Never been in favor of Davis and hope we get a new Super soon.

Beulah Monroe

October 7th, 2012
8:56 am

Ivan, I hear and understand what is being said; however, it is not about me. I do not think anyone should be embarrassed or escorted out the door during the school hours. We all deserve to be treated with humility and respect. I am sure something egregious must have happened to lead
Mr. Davis to make such a move. Not saying I agree with his method or decision.

Did any of you speak up when the students on the Southside of Atlanta had to endure the same when all of their leaders were removed from the school? At several of these schools, they received new and unknown leaders. The students and parents did not have a say. Again, what is the difference between the students on the Southside and Northside? I really wish that this system could be about ALL students and ALL communities working together for the good of this school system. At some point, we must put race, politics and socio-economics aside for the good of a true and rich education system. Did any of you come out to scream when Mr. Davis closed schools and uprooted students across town from you?

Shame on you Maureen for always jumping on the bandwagon when things are done to certain communities as you ignore the other communities. I know it is your blog; but, is it possible for you to spend more time making sure you provide journalistic equity in your blog?

Bullying is still strong but directed more towards principals from CLL. CLL is top heavy despite where the employees are housed. The schools are not supported. Customer Service is a joke at CLL. What is left?

C Jae of EAV

October 7th, 2012
9:06 am

Definately more APS Central Office gobbledygook ! One thing is for certain you don’t pull a stunt like this without there being some significant in the background driving it. What that something is remains to be seen. I wonder to what degree it may also be tied to the out zone student sweep which was another thunderbolt thrown down last week. Purhaps it’s not about what MyGrant did but what he knew……

@Nikki – APS likely chose not to pull this stunt at Jackson for fear that it would push more SE ATL families in the direction of Drew Charter’s High School which is also slated to open next year. Just a hunch but a pretty plausible one.

Dr. John Trotter

October 7th, 2012
9:06 am

I hate to say it but I don’t think that Richt is mentally tough enough to win at the very top. I mean the level that Saban and Miles win on. He’s a good guy and a good coach (and a great recruiter) but there are only a few who can keep their teams at that level. One is Spurrier. Meyer is another. Look what Spurrier has done at S. C. Watch Meyer turn around Ohio State. I’m just saying…

Dr. John Trotter

October 7th, 2012
9:11 am

I see that I posted the wrong thing on this thread. But, the blah, blah, blah, blah, blah that I was just reading…must have had me fired up! Ha! I presume that Master Erroll and his erudite (not) staff believe that the readers on this blog and the Atlanta citizens as a whole are complete imbeciles. Sometimes these educrats don’t have enough sense to pour p-ss from a boot. They just keep sloshing around in educational bullsh-t and expect the public to buy into it.

Wilbur

October 7th, 2012
9:11 am

Alford should not be allowed to write for public consumption. What a mis-mash of silly, overblown phrases that mean nothing! There does seem to be an incredible arrogance behind the decision to nuke the leadership of NAHS and to feed the public and the parents bureaucratic gobbledegook as a thin substitute for factual, informed leadership. Mr. Alford and Mr. Davis need to be reminded that they are public servants, not masters of the universe here.
Mr. Alford got his swing at the plate and missed miserably. Now we should hear from Mr. Davis who can hopefully be more forthcoming than his underling.
One thing for sure, any thought that Davis has stopped the scandals at APS is no longer viable.

APS grad

October 7th, 2012
9:20 am

This does come off as pretty bizaree for sure. Not that it was intended to be an indictment on the outgoing principal, maybe it was the other administrators, whom APS wanted to get out of there with the new principal coming in. Maybe between Monday and Friday, APS got wind of some potential trouble and figured it was a good idea to clean house. I suspect that more will come of this.

But I am concerned, that Errol Davis might be creating more issues for APS. Let’s be realistic, APS needs North Atlanta to be succesful. More parents are wanting to return to public school and with the new building opening next year, the APS want NAHS to become appealing to all those private school parents and entice them to send their kids to APS. But seems as the bizarre episode will only confirm those parents to keep their kids in private schools.

Private Citizen

October 7th, 2012
10:05 am

I may be a little later coming to this party, but this is what I think.

1. The reason for this is that the old principal retired and a new principal is coming to the school and will bring their own hand picked team with them. And that is it.

2. The public administration aspect of this, expected standards of governance and interface with the public seems to following a pattern I have seen elsewhere in county government where an official or employee is dismissed and the public is told “there are things yet unsaid” or that “we can’t tell you yet” or “there are forthcoming details.” This method of communication is indirect, tacky, and unethical and it breeds a sort of Peyton Place management mentality where intrigue becomes an addiction and occupation that supercedes good clean direct public service management.

3. From a worker perspective, this is a really harsh management method. Are there any ethical guidelines on abruptly moving staff around because someone said so? I have seen very high levels of frequency of moving employees around, both administrators and teachers. It is like they keep the employees in a rotation or playing musical cheers. This is no fun for employees who need to settle in to do a job well and benefit from their own work and methods. On the one hand workers are told to “build relationships” and on the other hand workers are moved from post to post with little regard for their quality of work. I call it playing Chinese checkers with the staff. Did a great job last year? Well, here’s your new post and responsibilities (and no thank you for the great job and recent go-the-extra-mile).

4. This follows a pattern that the bosses have all of the power and the workers have no power. Imagine what would happen to one of these staff or they objected to being treated in this manner. Their “they will continue in the system” status would be changed to being marginalized and put on the griddle. Rule #1: Don’t confront the tyrant unless you have an attorney and are willing to go the distance and even if you win, you are then suspect as the bad apple who made someone look bad.

5. Decided thumbs down on this management style. It treats everybody in a terrible manner except for the tiny group of visionaries and their mayhem. Maybe the new “management team” is really planning on thinning the herd of teachers and putting an increased workload on the teachers who remain. A guess.

Good luck, “valued employees,” and the ulcers are not easy to treat, either.

IMHO

October 7th, 2012
10:29 am

As an employee, reading about this mess has been very disturbing. This is NOT the way to treat professionals or the communities they serve! APS is a mess, but this is NOT the way to handle it! Obviously, APS is trying to cover something up, and the taxpayers deserve answers. Out of zone students (there are still way more than APS wants to admit), Racism, and cronyism are still embedded in the APS culture. Those professionals who could make a difference are being run off. So are the very families that APS needs to improve its schools. Too much focus still on Race and not enough smart people focused on education. To Mr. Alford, Superintendent Davis, and your team of flunkies, many of us are smarter than that. It’s still about money and power. I wish I had answers, but can only report what I see every day. Sad. Goodbye APS – I’m better than this!

Kim Zemmali

October 7th, 2012
10:58 am

This response is insulting. If you’ve been thinking so long and hard about it then why did the transition team coming only find out on Friday afternoon ? They too were blindsided. I hope that is not your definition of best practices. Timing was obviously not a consideration either – we had foreign students arriving from Columbia, the final SAT test for many seniors on Saturday, an upcoming IB visit, and homecoming the next week, just to name a few. Yes, what is right is always right except when it is wrong!

Southside Parent

October 7th, 2012
11:21 am

To those claiming anyone was escorted out of the building: that part is incorrect. It’s bad but it’s not as bad as that.

With the hints of attorneys and impending litigation recurring in MyGrant’s email & comments from NAHS staff, how much advice did Davis take from Sharon Pitts? This style of terminating an employee would have been normal to Davis in his former life, so if Pitts was telling him to do it this way, maybe it’s bad group think between Davis & the office of the general counsel. If they sought feedback from the brand new to APS North Executive Director, & the new to APS principal, neither would have their feet under them yet to be able to push back appropriately.

Still doesn’t explain why Alford couldn’t write a better email.

pioneer

October 7th, 2012
11:38 am

The guy who wrote this board response is wasting his talent. Obama’s machine could make use of him, even though I think Barry has enough poor and rich lined up for reelection over the middle class. Mr. Alford’s jargon is exquisite and the overall sound leaves an intelligent reader thinking that the author is truly one who writes much and says little.

Southside Parent

October 7th, 2012
12:03 pm

@ Beulah Monroe: I’ve been enthusiastic about Davis & Waldon. When this happened, I did think back to comments I had dismissed from others in SE / S / SW, and wonder whether I had been too hasty to approve of Davis/Waldon based on words rather than actions.

Here’s why this was different for me. When I heard protests before, they weren’t from Buckhead or Morningside. They also weren’t from West Manor or Beecher. Instead, they were from schools where performance is very low. Were the administrators fixing the situation or perpetuating it and needed to be removed, but managed to get parents to protest on their side because they didn’t want changes for their kids? Hard for me to say Davis was wrong.

NAHS is different for 3 reasons….
1) NAHS is one of APS’s highest performers – not a great reboot candidate.
2) NAHS is one of APS’s highest performers – why concentrate district resources to NAHS when they are needed elsewhere?
3) MyGrant was leaving. There was no reason to remove him.

KB

October 7th, 2012
12:20 pm

I posted this on yesterday’s blog, but it is still appropriate:
It’s my understanding that in the past week, the English teacher hired a lawyer to ask for e-mails that Principal Mygrant has detailing a long history of reverse discrimination hiring by APS. APS became aware of it and quickly acted/overreacted.
Those e-mails, which APS does not want to be made public, are the reason Mygrant was immediately escorted out of the school (away from the school’s computers). I only hope he has a separate copy of all of them somewhere outside of the school district’s hands.

Robert

October 7th, 2012
12:20 pm

This was just a “showing who’s boss” moment. Erroll Davis lost a LOT of respect from those who thought he would be a “white knight” to clean up the APS mess after Beverly Harvard. He has turned into a tyrant.

I do strongly suspect that there is an element of “black power”-style racism involved. MyGrant hired someone accused of being a “racist” (whether they were or not is irrelevant), which usually means that someone black accused someone white of racism, often as a power play. MyGrant appealed to Erroll Davis, but he found out that Davis is no magnanimous leader. Davis showed who was boss and who had the power. What we don’t know are the facts behind this case, but what happened is certainly NOT the proper way to manage a school system.

bootney farnsworth

October 7th, 2012
1:19 pm

speaking as someone who recently has been on the other end of a school system doing a CYA purge, I’m calling an integrity foul on Afford, Davis, and the whole crew.

sad thing is, they think so little of the citizenry (with a good level of justification) that they can put this crap out and feel comfortable about it

that piece of fiction was breathtaking, even for management. somewhere in fields all over Georgia, bulls fell over dead when this went out