School board rep: Until we know truth about North Atlanta High, delay extension of Erroll Davis’ contract

School board member Nancy Meister, who represents the North Atlanta High School community, clashed with board chair Reuben McDaniel over allegations of institutional racism at North Atlanta High, as revealed in emails obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

APS school chief Erroll Davis replaced the leadership team of the Buckhead high school 12 days ago, angering hundreds of parents who packed a meeting last week to demand an explanation.

At the meeting, Davis was in the unusual role of attempting to convince 900 parents and students that their beloved school was not nearly as good as they thought. Many parents remain dissatisfied with Davis’ explanation of why he purged the school leaders and believe there is a political subtext at work.

Their suspicions have been fueled in part by a series of emails.

In the emails, board chair McDaniel asked APS Associate Superintendent Steve Smith to collect data from North Atlanta that breaks down the school’s graduation rates, and other performance metrics, by race. He asked for an ethnic breakdown of teachers and staff who were recommended for positions by interim principal Mark MyGrant.

“I think it is critical that we understand these issues as we go through the principal selection process so that we can factor in some of the skills required to address the racial issues at North Atlanta in our new leadership,” McDaniel wrote in an email.

Meister responded in an email 35 minutes later that the analytical search for evidence of racism shouldn’t be focused just on North Atlanta, which is in her district. “We should have this conducted for all high schools across the district. This will allow us to have an equitable and fair analysis across all schools,” Meister wrote.

McDaniel wrote back that he agreed gathering data across the district “would be interesting,” but not practical. He wrote: “My purpose for requesting the data is to begin to understand statistically the evidence I have received from parents at North Atlanta indicating that we have a problem there that is based in an institutional racism mentality.”

Now, Meister is taking her concerns public. Here is a note she sent out  to her District 4 constituents:

I have received hundreds of emails and telephone calls over the past week. In response to your concerns, and in an effort to answer your questions about my position, I am copying you on a note that I have sent to the Board Chair, Reuben McDaniel.

As many of you may or may not know, I have been a parent in this system for 16 years and my sons graduated from North Atlanta. There are so many of great families, amazing teachers and incredible students at this school. Although this past week has been extremely painful, I have confidence that this community will remain committed and engaged. Decades of work has gone into this cluster and I know we have a committed community here to make our schools the best they can be.

And here is the note that Meister sent APS school board chair Reuben McDaniel:

I understand from your email that there is a possibility of a legislative meeting next week, the purpose of which is to consider an extension of Mr. Davis’ contract. This letter is to inform you, the entire board, as well as my constituents who have been inquiring about this topic, and the state of North Atlanta, of my grave concerns about scheduling such a vote at this time.

First, I believe any consideration of extending Mr. Davis’ employment should be delayed until a complete and thorough investigation of the controversial firing and reassignment at North Atlanta High School has been initiated and completed.

While I fully understand and respect that it is in realm of the Superintendent to hire, fire and re-assign employees, the way in which the termination of Mr. MyGrant was executed and academy leaders reassigned, is cause for concern. The complete reassignment of an entire administrative team, a new Principal taking over at the end of the month, without any consideration to the repercussions, remains a mystery. At the very least, I believe that the district representative and not just the Board Chair should have been apprised of the situation and asked for opinions with regard to their constituency, prior to its execution.

Additionally, I firmly believe the entire Board should have been made privy to an unprecedented decision of this magnitude. While the Superintendent claims this to be a simple personnel issue, I can tell you my/our constituents have lost all trust in Mr. Davis, given his changing explanations and abrupt actions.

On Friday, Mr. Davis gave no reason other than he wanted to give the new principal an opportunity to put his permanent leadership team in place. That explanation failed to clarify why Mr. MyGrant was abruptly terminated two weeks before his long-scheduled departure. Subsequent, Mr. Davis’ explanation to a meeting of nearly 1000 parents and students became one in which he acted to save North Atlanta from being taken over by the State of Georgia as a “failing” school.

When the State DOE unequivocally denied that it ever contemplated such an action the explanation changed again, claiming that North Atlanta was woefully underperforming academically. I believe this to be factually inaccurate. If I am incorrect, I question whether it was ever communicated to the interim principal, prior to coming out of retirement that this situation existed. It is my hope that the Superintendent’s team would initiate a plan with any school in this situation.

In addition to the reconstitution of North Atlanta, I believe the Board should, before voting on Mr. Davis’ contract, investigate the anonymous allegations of alleged racism at North Atlanta, an issue you raised in a series of e-mails with me and mentioned in response to a question from a TV reporter on Friday.

I believe you and I should agree to publicly release those e-mails so the public can make a determination as to the delicate nature of the libelous allegations. We need to clear the air on this issue once and for all, given the nature of the accusations, the anonymous nature and the lack of any factual support.

Finally, I believe we should postpone any decision on an extension until the Board concludes its Superintendent visioning work for APS. When a contract extension was first brought up, the Superintendent’s Visioning Committee had preliminary discussion about a visioning session. While we have done some work as a full board, it is not complete. Through our diligent SACS work we agreed that oversight and accountability, a topic we addressed in the past, was one we committed to focus on in the future. Given the State of the Schools speech in August, this Board needs to govern and set administrative expectations with an immediate sense of urgency so that the parents of the children attending one of the failing APS schools identified by the Superintendent have some hope of improvement.

Remember, Mr. Davis said 80% of APS’ schools were failing, that we’re operating a dual system of schools, and that none of the over 220 education reform models and initiatives tried by APS over the years, had worked.

We owe it to the students, parents and taxpayers of Atlanta to make sure we have the answers to all of these questions before extending a contract for an additional year. However, should this Board decide that a vote is in order, it is my desire that through our lessons learned and our SACS agreement, we adhere to our previous endeavors.

As a reminder in our SACS work required action #5 suggested that a final selection of the Superintendent should be determined by more than a simple majority vote of approval by the Board. We, as a Board then made a decision to require a 7 to 2 vote of the seated Board members, for hiring of a Superintendent or Interim Superintendent. It is my hope that we come to a consensus around this.

I hope you can appreciate and understand my concerns and those of the community that I serve.

Nancy

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

80 comments Add your comment

Robert Dolan

October 17th, 2012
1:24 am

Maybe, it is time for the State Department of Education in Georgia to take over the school. They did this in Connecticut with the Hartford Public Schoolls and for Georgia to be so low nationally, maybe, it is time for unions to take control where there is a direct correlation between student achievement and strong teacher unions.

bootney farnsworth

October 17th, 2012
1:48 am

delay extension?

fire his butt and institute a civil rights and RICO investigation against both APS and the USG.

bootney farnsworth

October 17th, 2012
1:49 am

oh yeah….

accuse him of systemic racism. let him try to unbreak that egg off his reputation like he’s set so many others up for

Top School

October 17th, 2012
2:04 am

And you ask …Who runs the show at APS?

BUCKHEAD runs this show!

Don’t ask questions that might expose the corruption in Atlanta’s Northside APS schools.

These public schools are PRIVATE.

Right one

October 17th, 2012
4:34 am

Wow, as a Black male, I am appalled at the high level of stupidity by APS leadership, those emails, are simply scandalous. In essence, Erroll is carrying the water for Reuben. Not a good look. A new low for the high handed proceedures APS.

SEE

October 17th, 2012
5:54 am

The allegations of racism is that the particular teacher in question did not hold a reception for a black student for getting into Harvard. What? That is ridiculous. I’ve never heard of a school holding a reception for any student because of what school he/she was accepted into. According to North Atlanta High, they didn’t hold these types of receptions. So let me get this straight…teachers and administrators now need to give preferential treatment to black students or be labelled “racist”! All this because preferential treatment wasn’t given.

concerned

October 17th, 2012
6:20 am

I applaud Mrs. Meisters letter. No this contract should not be extended at this time for the very well written reasons above. I applaud her restraint for not making a very divisive situation worse. I cannot believe that the Harvard reception for an admitted student is the reason but the rumor mill is rife with an under perfoming student not feeling as if they did not get the full support to reach out to Harvard during the yearly Harvard recruiting receptions that are held NOT by NAHS but are set up by Harvard as is the case with a great many schools that have alum in the area. That school discipline which was incredibly low is now being severely disrupted, trust in the school system drastically eroded and there is another black eye to the building up of the APS school district for this level of concern is impossible to imagine. It is seemingly playing into the hands of the pro charter legislation that will erode local control and make these scenarios common place in the future. Hmmm, sounds like someone higher up maybe took it upon themselves to stir the pot for a function highly invested school to disrupt things before an important vote. Could this really be about race– the issue that had to be handled with out the two week period of time left remaining on a principal’s time after he was asked three different times to come BACK from retirement.
Mrs. Meister- please keep asking for open records and yes as I agree with Right One- Errol Davis carrying water for Ruben McDaniel who one would image will financial benefit from the impending charter for profit boom that will move into the district. Mc Daniel might be the face of the all good for public schools but since the financial market is all in for charters and for profits, his real motive might be to help his financial portfolios and his future business interests. McDaniel has had dealings with the hedge funders who plundered Florida for charter schools and it seems a pretty small potatoes fight that would be resolved peace fully after a real investigation. But, having someone else disrupt the apple cart of public schools- a very good public school not withstanding the falsehoods of Errol davis- while McDaniel sits back and keeps his hands cleans really does raise some questions.
Medical doctors have to disclose financial dealings that could sway their judgement and I believe with the rapid encroachment of privatizers, I think that should be something that should be necessary information that the board members should disclose since decision making that feeds into the hands of the privatizers is exactly the playbook that ALEC works by and even pays for.

concerned

October 17th, 2012
6:22 am

School discipline under the hard working efforts of all the staff was incredibly high- infractions were minor and were very low. Sorry for the grammatical errors. There are others but that one was the most egregious.

Wilbur

October 17th, 2012
6:48 am

The race pimps are out for their brand of justice and the APS is getting mauled by its own so-called leadership.

Dunwoody Mom

October 17th, 2012
6:53 am

In the emails, board chair McDaniel asked APS Associate Superintendent Steve Smith to collect data from North Atlanta that breaks down the school’s graduation rates, and other performance metrics, by race. He asked for an ethnic breakdown of teachers and staff who were recommended for positions by interim principal Mark MyGrant

Board members interferring where they should not? Hmmm….where have we heard that? SACS, you may have another school district to add to your ever-growing list. I’m ot one to yell “racism”, but these actions by McDaniel are puzzling. Perhaps he should step down from the school board.

Ivan

October 17th, 2012
7:31 am

This is ridiculous. Davis said he’ll take a bullet. All right, he took it and he’s created huge turmoil in the NAHS and Grady clusters . Now we have a lame duck Superintendent and if they decide to renew his contract he will never have credibility which will only further fuel the angst and confusion while he’s around – which will prevent us from truly moving forward and educating our kids. Whether you like Davis or not, he has now put himself into a position where he is ineffective and a lightning rod and the Board needs to find a great replacement quickly.

Double Zero Eight

October 17th, 2012
7:32 am

Looks like Davis is as much of a bully
as Hall. As a matter of fact, he is probably
worse. Hall would have at least had the
courage to meet with Mygrant before taking
action.

Entitlement Society

October 17th, 2012
7:35 am

@Maureen, you need another word in 2nd paragraph sentence – “12 days ago” maybe…

Entitlement Society

October 17th, 2012
7:49 am

“Remember, Mr. Davis said 80% of APS’ schools were failing, that we’re operating a dual system of schools, and that none of the over 220 education reform models and initiatives tried by APS over the years, had worked.”

Obviously APS needs a clean slate. Nothing is working. Those stats are pathetic. Let’s start over. Remove every single one of them from office.

Metro Coach

October 17th, 2012
8:14 am

Turn APS into a charter system and see if it improves. It obviously can’t do any worse than it already is.

Solutions

October 17th, 2012
8:18 am

I have lost all respect for Harvard University, I am placing a Do Not Hire note in HR for all Harvard grads. These “special” admissions create confusion in the minds of the public, who think these people have earned their admission on the competitive battlefield. No, they are admitted with SAT scores two standard deviations below the class average, imho.

Dixie Rules

October 17th, 2012
8:20 am

APS is a joke and full of reverse racism! Businesses are starting to avoid moving to Atlanta for fear of corruption at every level of metro Atlanta! They are moving into places like Nashville and Charlotte for good reason. Atlanta will be the next Detriot in ten years! ” A City To Busy To Hate”
Please tell that to all of the blacks that hate whites! Mr. Davis is no better than Ms. Hall. Pray for Charter Schools!!

Maureen Downey

October 17th, 2012
8:22 am

@Entitlement, Thanks. Drawback of posting at 1 a.m.
Maureen

Entitlement Society

October 17th, 2012
8:25 am

skipper

October 17th, 2012
8:26 am

Racism works both ways……….APS has CERTAINLY done everything possible to prove that! As opposed to concerns about education, factual information, etc. the primary goal has been to “keep your own” in office, no matter what. Yes, back in the day whites did the same; agreed. However, qualifications these days for a school board do not even require a decent command of the English language. And there needs to be more focus on family structure, etc. Lets make public the absentee/tardy records for all kids in North Atlanta High, etc. You MIGHT see some of the so-called “racist” remarks put to rest. Lets see which group, black, white, or other brings up the rear. I guess it is now the goal to screw up all the schools as bad as the inner-city ones are.

DunMoody

October 17th, 2012
8:35 am

Superintendents should be elected, not hired by partisan school boards.

APS Concern

October 17th, 2012
8:55 am

I applaud Mr. Davis for doing his job!! North Atlanta parents, you no longer have someone like Dr. Hall to do what you want. You all have gotten away with what you wanted for years.

skipper

October 17th, 2012
8:58 am

@Dixie rules;
Unfortunately, you are probably right. When you listen to the news, (2,5, or 11) see where (and who) the shootings, carjackings, etc. are coming from. Nobody would move down here (save a few crusaders) where they would have to put their kids in one of these inner-city warehouses. Call that racism or whatever….it still is a fact. Until there is an overhaul of behaviorial issues, responsibility taken, etc. it will stay that way. To all the liberals on this or other blogs; do not tell me you would move to Detroit and put your kids in an inner-city school. It is not race as much as culture, but it is what it is. Of course there has been past discrimination…..however it is actually being perpetuated by those who NOW have the power but do not have the ability……

concernedmom30329

October 17th, 2012
9:00 am

Dunmoody
And how would that work in DeKalb. Gene Walker could be superintendent! He has long been one of the most popular public figures in S. DeKalb and given how easily certain school communities are willing to sell their votes, someone like him could easily be elected.

Yeah, no.

puff

October 17th, 2012
9:01 am

Does the APS have no mature leaders at all? The only specific racism allegation to this point is an anonymous complaint about not giving one Harvard-bound student a party. And that supposed offense leads to all this turmoil? Why don’t they all just put on clown noses?

reality check

October 17th, 2012
9:15 am

It is clear there is considerable racism on the APS Board and Erroll Davis looks like an incompetent fool.

DunMoody

October 17th, 2012
9:16 am

@concernedmom30329 … disagree about your conclusion. Gene Walker’s voting base is not county-wide. Voter turnout is very strong in North DeKalb and we would all have the opportunity to effect a change.

Tangled

October 17th, 2012
9:17 am

Before I left APS because I was so tired of the level of ignorance in the administration, I wrote the superintendent and indicated to him that allowing principals to hire their own teachers would have unintended consequences. The only Board member who ever gave me an ear about anything was Nancy Meister. To Mr. Davis, who decided not to pay attention to most of the truth that I said to him, “the chickens have come home to roost”. And to Mr. McDaniel, your absolute flaunting of absolute power and absolute desire to ignore those you feel are beneath you will lead to your absolute replacement in the next election or earlier absolutely.

tc

October 17th, 2012
9:17 am

So I guess if african american leadership wants to analyse race break downs on what ever they want and make decisions based on those findings that is perfectly fine. How about publicizing their findings? Aren’t those records public? And how far should we go with this analysis or do we only want to selectively use it for the purpose of the APS racist agenda?

Former Supt

October 17th, 2012
9:17 am

@maureen
Does APS have a policy which allows the Supt. to make personnel changes without BOE approval? The law is quite clear that hiring, firing, and reassignment can only be done by the BOE upon the recommendation of the Supt. Has the law been changed?

Janet

October 17th, 2012
9:24 am

I agree with puff — 1 student didn’t get a speical party when they thought they should have one… THAT is the cause of all of this??? It sounds like a silly elementary school power struggle between 2nd graders who are learning that you don’t always get what you want or think should be yours.

I also agree with Dixie and Skipper — my forsyth county neighborhood is full of families who moved from Atlanta, Dekalb, and Gwinnett trying to get away from exactly these types of situations.

Old South

October 17th, 2012
9:28 am

Who wants to fund a new, state of the art private school in North Atlanta? We’ll pay the teachers well and hold student achievement as the result. My door would be knocked down by cash if this came to pass.

The one problem- we crate two Americas, the have and the nots.

catlady

October 17th, 2012
9:30 am

Break APS up into smaller districts. It is too large to function.Hire superintendents based on proven ability to lead; pay them $100,000 each, and tell them their time to make a difference is dwindling fast.

Nahs dad

October 17th, 2012
9:31 am

I lived in detroit for 7 years in the 1990’s and witnessed the fallout of racial politics. The racial turmoil in the 1960’s has taken decades to simmer and cool. The south was long seen as an inferior place in the USA due to racial backwardness. Racial politics, either way is calamitous.

Coleman young was the mayor of Detroit for twenty years. An infamous quote from early in his mayorial term, paraphrased, is “whitey hit 8 mile.” There were 1.7 million people in Detroit in 1970, and 700k today. The Detroit police chief just suggested people not visit his city because he couldn’t guarantee their safety.

Atlanta had more inward migration of white residents than any other city in the USA from 2000-2010. That is going to affect the racial chemistry in public schools.

Mr. Mcdaniel’s actions and comments mirror Coleman Young. “whitey hit 285″ seems to be mr. Mcdaniel’s politics. Kasim Reed and state leaders can’t compete globally in business attraction with this nonsense. Atlanta is the city to busy to hate..well this sure seems like destructive hate politics to me.

I recommend investigating mr. McDaniel with a thorough open records request, and putting mr. Davis’ extension on the slow boat

The other Prof

October 17th, 2012
9:42 am

I am a liberal, a strong Obama supporter. I will vote democrat in national elections, however, I will vote republican in GA elections. We need a super-majority in GA house, to change some state rules without a constitutional amendment.

Bill Mackinnon

October 17th, 2012
10:27 am

Holy Cow, if a student not getting a reception thrown or paid for is racism, then I have a claim. One of my children was nominated for the Governor’s Honors program, but no one told us how or even that we had to apply. We didn’t know. We were told only when it was too late, and yes the nominating teacher was of the “other” race. And I thought it was just a case of thoughtless expectation and missed communication. If I had known I could claim it was racism, I could have maybe gotten my child into the Honors program by screaming racism.
For those who don’t get it, this is an obviously sarcastic comment. It is based revenge and vindication. It is entitled, self-centered and based on the insecure need to have everyone celebrate me and mine to prove value. It is simply “social bling” for the same purpose as bling bling-see me, cheer for me, and only me. These are not the values I want to follow, or expose my children to.
There are obviously serious problems that the NAHS debacle has uncovered. It has brought various unbalanced points of view to the light of day-the worst of which is the existence of the social pestilence of racism in BOTH directions. Reuben McDaniel asking for statistics from one school to analyze on a race conscious basis, sure looks like an effort to prove something nefarious so he can protect against racism. Meanwhile the MAJORITY OF APS SCHOOLS ARE FAILING!!!!!!
All this damage to NAHS has not improved anything at any other school. This is a very difficult situation and the worst part is I know many of the people who have been really hurt here.
My fear is that the next school board election will pit the NAHS supporters against the constituencies of Reuben McDaniel and he will be re-elected. Erroll Davis and McDaniel have emerged as the ones who need to be gone.
We need a Desmond Tutu Truth and Reconciliation Commission to clean as much of the poison out as possible. APS has the financial resources to do that.

Over the Top

October 17th, 2012
10:32 am

Tempest in a Teapot.

skipper

October 17th, 2012
10:43 am

Typical……gotta find fault anywhere success happens…….and it is always somebody elses fault! APS is a cluster.

Maude

October 17th, 2012
11:07 am

I no longer have respect for Harvard grads. If they are now accepting people who will yell racism when they don’t get a party they are no longer a great school in my book. How did this person ever get accepted in the first place?? I don’t care what race you are to yell racism because you don’t get a party is stupid. Maybe how students are accepted at Harvard needs to be checked.

RenewContract?

October 17th, 2012
11:27 am

The unsubstantiated assertion that the racist issue is because of one grad and a party is not grounded in fact. The family in question is mortified by the insinuation and is,in fact grateful to Mrs Durham for her efforts which were above and beyond the call of duty. The racist slur did not come from that corner….

The student in question is an outstanding student who demonstrated outstanding qualities and leadership as a honor student and top performing athlete. Several Ivies accepted him and wanted him to enroll based hese merits and these merits alone.

Now lets focus on all the issues regarding McDaniel’s involvement and Davis’ contract.

Beverly Fraud

October 17th, 2012
11:33 am

Looks like SACS got hoisted on its own petard LOL

Shar

October 17th, 2012
12:19 pm

The NAHS situation has all the hallmarks of a politically-motivated witch hunt, and Errol Davis’ handling of the situation has only reinforced that perception.

If he did indeed sweep into North Atlanta in some academic SWAT maneouver, he needs to present the evidence that compelled such a drastic response. To date, the “evidence” he presented has been debunked. In addition, if the justification is in fact academic, he needs to make very clear the reasons why it was necessary to focus on NAHS when there are so many other high schools in APS that are performing at far, far worse levels. Why don’t those students deserve immediate intervention and remediation?

If the current suspicions are correct and this is the result of an anonymous accusation of racism, that needs to be admitted and the nature of the accusation made public. The hypocrisy of an administration raiding the NAHS administration due to charges of racism when their own hiring policies have been long known to be limited to the applicant pool from “The Morehouse-Spellman Mafia” is appalling, and the idea that the complaint that touched off the raid was not even attested to by name but rather just a petulant, anonymous smear of a target’s character and career is even more disgusting. Mr. McDaniel’s insertion of himself in trying to instigate a race-driven “analysis” to justify the raid after the fact is one more indication that a racial witch hunt is ongoing.

The Board should agree with Nancy Meister’s suggestion that no contract extension be offered to Davis until this situation is clarified. Further, they should resolve not to give credence to unsupported, anonymous accusations unless there is evidence that a student is in immediate danger (e,g, child predators in the classroom), and that APS’ hiring policies should be examined to root out the institutional racism that has flourished under Dr. Hall and the dug-in bureaucracy.

What would happen if all the APS high schools were examined?

October 17th, 2012
12:35 pm

McDaniel wrote that, “My purpose for requesting the data is to begin to understand statistically the evidence I have received from parents at North Atlanta indicating that we have a problem there that is based in an institutional racism mentality.”

In that case, then you have to look at all the high schools in APS using race-based criteria. Let me explain: You need to establish a baseline in order to find the outlier. If all they look at is NAHS data, then there is no baseline, and it is impossible to know if NAHS is an outlier.

If all APS high schools were included in the analysis, and NAHS is the only institution in the system with racial disparities, that would really stand out.

Surely McDaniel has no problem with that – because the analysis would show that all the other APS high schools have zero racial disparities…right? Right??

Prof

October 17th, 2012
12:36 pm

Once again, as on an earlier blog about this NAHS situation, someone else is using my long-standing moniker “Prof” (9:42 am). The person seems to be trading on earlier statements I’ve made; this is not a random mistake. 9:42 is especially infuriating to read since I voted early yesterday, and voted a straight Democratic ticket. locally as well as nationally (save where the only opponent of the Republican candidate was a Libertarian, when I voted for the Libertarian). I notice this person uses the pejorative “democrat” rather than “Democratic.”

Maureen, when are you going to Allow us to register our blog-names? And can anyone just use anyone else’s name? Are Ron F., catlady, and Mary Elizabeth really who we think they are?

another comment

October 17th, 2012
12:37 pm

It is very clear that Reuben McDaniel needs to go!.

As an Engineer, I will clearly state that Errol Davis’s actions are not those of a qualified Engineer. Engineers logically think through and analyis various different options before taking action. Errol Davis obviously different. This proves to me that Errol Davis, has never been a competant Engineer. In fact he has no idea of how Engineers think, as Engineers or as Managers or he would not have put himself in this quagmire. He has just proved to us all that he is an example of Affirmative Action gone wrong.

I have hired some great women and minority engineers. I am myself a female engineer, so I know I have to be twice as competant. I have also seen some really incompetant engineers the results of affirmative actions. I had one that litterally hid during the work day. I had another that tried to kiss butt and lie about everyone below to upper management. I had one who claimed to work on every major engineering project their ever was ” the staff called him Forrest Gump”. I dotted my eyes and crossed my T’s and gave them substandard ratings. After all how can you do your work when you hid all day, because you don’t know how to do it. Some of these people had been promoted up from the companies they came from that was the way to get rid of them. I would not do it. Did I have EEO complaints filed, yes. But, I treated everyone the same, if you a white male, asian female, white female and didn’t do the work, you did not get a superior rating from me. HBC’s are the absolute worst preparer for young minorities their are. They also give false sense of compentcey.

We need to get rid of Affirmative Action and hire based on who is the best for the position. The reverse descrimination in Atlanta, Dekalb, Clayton and Other areas of the metro area are completely outragous.

Prof

October 17th, 2012
12:38 pm

P.S. @ Maureen. After all, you have our personal email addresses to distinguish us.

Dr. Proud Black Man

October 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

WOW! A lot of anti-racist/affirmative action white folks posting here today. Where were you people at from 1865 to the mid 1960s…….?

Ray

October 17th, 2012
1:18 pm

For those accusing Mr. Davis of reverse racism, please recall that black people from an all black south Atlanta school that Davis had slated for closing during redistricting handed out pamphlets in April that depicted Davis in photo shopped Ku Klux Klan garb (robe and hat).

Entitlement Society

October 17th, 2012
1:44 pm

Here’s some food for thought… a North Atlanta elementary school (Sarah Smith) apparantly has NO playground equipment. From a co-worker with a child there, there was an issue with the grounds and APS ripped out all of the existing equipment and will only pay for dirt to be put back, no equipment. How would that go over in South Atlanta? Instead of whining and complaining, the PTA has organized a fundraiser to purchase all new equipment with its own money since APS refuses to pay for any equipment. Instead of crying entitlement, these parents are working to provide for their own children. I dare ask, would the same thing happen in a school in South Atlanta or would you hear cries of inequity that Buckhead had superior playgrounds and they had nothing? Just asking…

RCB

October 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

Dr Proud….most of us weren’t alive during that time period.