Former North Atlanta principal wants hearing to clear his name. Still think this could have been handled better.

Former North Atlanta High principal Mark MyGrant wants to clear his name against what he considers innuendo and character assassination by APS leadership And he has hired education attorney Glenn Delk to represent him.

According to the AJC:

MyGrant sent a letter Wednesday to Atlanta Public Schools asking the board of education to hold a hearing to clear MyGrant’s name following allegations of “institutional racism” at the school while he was in charge. Attorney Glenn Delk said “what we’re asking is simple: We think he should be given an opportunity to face his accusers and clear his name. If they don’t have evidence, they should issue an apology.” MyGrant was one of six administrators removed from the school Oct. 5

MyGrant is a 27-year APS veteran enticed out of retirement this summer to serve as interim at his former school, North Atlanta High School, while a search for a replacement was conducted. He was scheduled to end his interim stint this week.

He had strong evaluations throughout his career so was surprised when he was unceremoniously ordered out of North Atlanta on Oct. 5. His top administrators were also told to leave the school, their computers confiscated, but they were reassigned and received their computers back a few days later.

And MyGrant says he was even more surprised when his ex boss Davis told nearly a thousand parents, students and community members on Oct. 9 that he had to act quickly and decisively because North Atlanta was a failing school and that dramatic change was needed.

I am still baffled by the manner in which Davis overhauled North Atlanta High. There are a dozen other ways he could have done it and avoided what is turning into a long drama. And the fallout extends beyond the affected employees and the high school community; this public and protracted spat has revived doubts about APS that Davis needs to be putting to rest.

Image and perceptions matter, and Davis has revived the perception of Atlanta as a system marred by fiefdoms and back room brokering. His explanations have failed to satisfy many of the parents of North Atlanta, who believe there is a hidden agenda at play.

And while I have now spoken to Davis twice about it, including a lengthy session at the AJC with other reporters, I don’t get why the school chief felt compelled to act in such a dramatic and urgent fashion. MyGrant only had three weeks left under his interim agreement. Why not wait until then?

Nor do I understand the treatment of the small learning community leaders, all of whom were reassigned and all of whom seem to have been working hard at North Atlanta. Davis contends that they were effective as individuals, but not as a team, which is why he disbursed them throughout the district.

That’s fine. But why show up on a Friday afternoon, tell them to go and confiscate their computers? These folks were not being fired; they were being transferred. I remain puzzled by Davis’ response to me after his North Atlanta High School meeting that taking their computers was simply a precaution against unhappy employees acting rashly or out of anger. Do you transfer people to key positions in your organization if you believe they’re capable of trashing their computers or compromising sensitive data?

Here is a Google doc of the Delk letter and accompanying support data that the attorney made part of the package, including emails and the student performance breakdown done by Midtown forensic accountant Jarod Apperson, which I shared on the blog two weeks ago.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

76 comments Add your comment

Dunwoody Mom

November 1st, 2012
10:36 am

This is really a sad situation. It does not appear that APS has any clue on how to extricate themselves from their self-inflicted messs.

Entitlement Society

November 1st, 2012
10:54 am

Oh, great. So now APS is going to waste time and money on a hearing just so a grown man can get an apology. Seriously? Agree or disagree with the method in which Mygrant was dismissed, but wasting more taxpayer resources on an “apology” is as outrageous as it gets. Move on, Mygrant, and let APS focus on our kids. It’s not all about you!

Fred ™

November 1st, 2012
10:58 am

Gee Entitlement Society, why don’t you post your real name and job and let everyone slander YOU for a while. Have your boss fire you for no reason AFTER begging you to come out of retirement to fix a problem.

Jarod Apperson

November 1st, 2012
11:03 am

I continue to be surprised that Mr. Davis has not come clean on this. From someone who otherwise seems to highly value integrity, this cageyness just doesn’t add up.

For him to sit in two meetings with you (Maureen) and claim this was solely performance based without detailed support is at this point preposterous. However, that is the story he is sticking with. I have no doubt he told Grady student journalists the same thing when he met with them last week. I’m sure he will tell the North Atlanta student journalists the same thing when he meets with them in the coming days.

It just doesn’t add up. The school is outperforms most APS schools on so many fronts – graduation rates, graduation exams, SATs, Value Added Metrics. From the class of 2012, NAHS sent three black kids to the Ivy League with huge scholarships.

Just like every High School in APS, there is room for improvement at North Atlanta, but it is far from the bottom of the pack. For this kind of urgent action to have been appropriate based solely on performance, one would think the rest of APS was doing way better. It’s not the case.

Either Davis made this decision haphazardly, without an appropriate understanding of the data he analyzed or there are other factors which motivated his action. If the former, he should apologize. If the latter, he should offer a full explanation.

A big part of effective leadership is communication, particularly when you are dealing with an educated populace. On that front, Davis is showing himself incredibly deficient through this saga.

jarvis

November 1st, 2012
11:06 am

@Entitlement, I rarely agree with the trademarked version of Fred, but he’s dead on with this one.

Goodforkids

November 1st, 2012
11:16 am

The issues you puzzle over are the same ones I wonder about, Maureen. it JUST DOESN’T ADD UP. And when things don’t add up, trust erodes while suspicion and caution increase. DUMB MOVE by the superintendent. I am an outsider to APS, and watching from the outside, Davis seemed to be doing ok until the NAHS debacle. Unless something is revealed down the line that justifies such impulsive and insulting action, I throw him in a category called “failure” with many other supers around town. There should have been something flagrant and foul for those admins to be treated that way, which hurt not just them but the whole school community.

Bob

November 1st, 2012
11:19 am

“I remain puzzled by Davis’ response to me after his North Atlanta High School meeting that taking their computers was simply a precaution against unhappy employees acting rashly or out of anger. Do you transfer people to key positions in your organization if you believe they’re capable of trashing their computers or compromising sensitive data?” I am not puzzled, Davis is a liar and liars have to tell more lies to cover the other lies. Hopefully the charter school amendment passes so liars like Davis lose some power.

Entitlement Society

November 1st, 2012
11:23 am

I’m standing my ground. If grown men and women can’t get along and play fair, if shouldn’t detract from the business at hand (educating our children). APS is a circus. Davis’ days are numbered. Maybe the board will do a better job finding a super the next time. Resources shouldn’t be wasted on an “apology” that only serves to benefit one person. What about the greater good?

AlreadySheared

November 1st, 2012
11:28 am

@Entitlement Society,

You misunderstand. It appears that Mr. Mygrant is going to bend over backwards to give APS every chance to do the right thing. Failing that, I anticipate that a very winnable defamation lawsuit will be forthcoming.

Bleeping around with someone who
1) is in the right, and
2) doesn’t need the money
is something APS undertakes at its own peril.

drew (former teacher)

November 1st, 2012
11:33 am

Entitlement,
They can offer an apology now and hope that ends it. Or they can let it fester, go to court, pay an attorney, and probably pay a settlement.

Which of these is going to waste the most resources?

Tonya C.

November 1st, 2012
11:57 am

Mr. Mygrant values his good name and has seemingly earned it. He didn’t have to come out of a PAID retirement to do a good deed, only to be punished for it. Davis needs to pony up some evidence, or as others have stated, be ready to pony up some cash.

Goodforkids

November 1st, 2012
12:04 pm

@Entitlement society… Learning is not limited to the classroom or preparing for what bubble to fill in next on the endless tests. I will hazard a guess that the students at NAHS will learn as much or more from this situation as anything in the classroom. An apology from Davis might go a long way towards teaching them about righting wrongs, being humble, admitting you make a mistake, etc. I know the legal process might also be instructive. Frm the other side, they may belearning about speaking up, being assertive, seeking recourse, and conflict resolution. When someone asks them about their 2012-13 school year long into the future, I am confident some of them will recall this event and the lessons gained. Hopefully they won’t be stuck with the conclusion that people in power can humiliate others and cause negative repercussions for a large community without paying a price. If something new comes to light that justifies Davis’s actions, then that will be a teachable moment too.

indigo

November 1st, 2012
12:12 pm

The ideal would be for APS board to completely ignore MyGrant’s letter. Then, he and his attorney can sue the pants off them and force them into open court so we all can see what this removal is really about.

Maureen Downey

November 1st, 2012
12:18 pm

@entitlement: After a 27-year career at one company, all of us would want to leave our jobs with heads held high and with the belief that we worked hard and left things a little better. In this case, you have a guy whose career was marked by stellar reviews and by the warm regard of his employers, who asked him to come out retirement to help them out.
I understand his motivation and his dismay at the troubling intimations about his leadership of North Atlanta. He has a lot of paperwork that supports his position that he did a good job and that APS agreed.
Again, his reputation is at stake. I think he has a legitimate complaint about how APS handled this. As Lincoln said, “Reputation is like fine china, once broken it’s very hard to repair.”
Maureen

Old timer

November 1st, 2012
12:30 pm

Entitlement….a man’s reputation is at stake. In the professional world people work hard to build and keep a reputation. What Davis says does not add up and if Mygrant deserves an apology he should have it. APS begged him to come back…..and then to be treated like this.

Beverly Fraud

November 1st, 2012
12:43 pm

And he has hired education attorney Glenn Delk, fresh off his unsuccessful charter amendment lawsuits against Fulton and Gwinnett, to represent him.

Oooooooh, Maureen, that felt like a DIG. Not that that’s a bad thing LOL

And why does it look like APS is going to, as Dr. John Trotter might say, “learn dumber” on this one, like they’ve done on so many others in the past?

And wasn’t there ANOTHER big E-Rate scandal the AJC hinted at blowing the roof off of awhile back? What happened to that story?

Private Citizen

November 1st, 2012
12:50 pm

Entitlement Society

I can tell you from personal experience that whenever something illegal / outrageous / improper is done by school system admin and then nothing is done to hold to account or make right, well then guess what? The same crooked stuff resides and repeats itself. Call this the basic principle of justice. If someone is stealing the sheep and horses and nothing is done, it just continues.

Note: I’ve been offline for a week due to downed internet connect. -Back online so get ready for some of that Bruce Lee Fists of Fury, oh yes! But wait a minute… Bruce Lee did not fare so well in the long run…

Question: Why is the USA the only place where politicians call health care “entitlement?” It is conspicuous if you have a little perspective. I, for one, will not play house with this jargon that twists around basic civilized living and production / efficiency.

Beverly Fraud

November 1st, 2012
12:59 pm

So what exactly DOES happen (or is allowed to happen according to reporter protocol) when someone like Davis says the equivalent of “the dog ate my homework”?

Or when Kathy Augustine says “We see no need to investigate; we expect outliers every year.”?

Rick L in ATL

November 1st, 2012
1:18 pm

“Fresh off his unsuccessful lawsuit….”
Your editor–if you still had one, and you certainly should–would excise that bit of non-sequitur snark with an unprintable epithet audible throughout the newsroom just to embarrass you, and you know it. Certainly Mr. Delk deserves a fairer description of his career than one catty phrase from you which has no relation to the story at hand.

I’m sure you found it freeing to leave the world of journalism and enter the free-for-all that is blogging, but selling out one’s values is still selling out, whatever the medium.

lahopital

November 1st, 2012
1:21 pm

This will be interesting to follow. I think (could be wrong) that neither Davis nor APS slandered Mygrant. On the other hand, I don’t think anybody believes Davis told the truth – in fact, his story seems preposterous – about why Mygrant was let go, so there’s an inference that Mygrant must have done something unspeakable. At a private company, in Georgia, they can fire you at will. I would assume APS operates the same way, but, citizens hate to be lied to.

Beverly Fraud

November 1st, 2012
1:24 pm

I think Rick L just executed a metaphorical head flying head butt from the top turnbuckle.

INDEED!

Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft

November 1st, 2012
1:27 pm

Good for Mr. MyGrant: a principal who has principles.

A leader such as he who worked diligently to IMPROVE a school, delayed his long over-due retirement only to be slandered, and holds the respect of students, parents, and teachers should absolutely fight for his good name and reputation. This not only benefits him, but all who have worked with him and for him, not to mention the many students experiencing the fallout from this debacle. Here lies an important lesson: when you are unjustly disgraced, you fight back.

Mark MyGrant is not only defending his name, but the name of North Atlanta High School. He is defending the hard work and commitment of hundreds of parents and teachers. His is fighting to salvage the careers of his defamed administrative staff. I commend him for his courage.

“Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.”

bootney farnsworth

November 1st, 2012
1:48 pm

is the APS board has overreached their limits and damaged the man’s reputation, then he not only has the right but the obligation to clear his professional name.

APS have had multiple chances to put this issue to bed and chosen not to.

I get where he comes from. After decades of service to GPC, I was laid off due to the actions of others. the unspoken question which hangs in the air when I have interviewed is why I was disposable to begin with. its gonna take years of service at another institution to wash that away

Nahs dad

November 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

I do find it ironic that most recent press comments from APS officials, when questioned about the North Atlanta situation indicate an interest in “moving on…” It seems APS went to unprecented lengths to hold Mr. Mygrant and his staff accountable, but the Superintendent, members of APS, and the school board president are bristling at being held accountable for their own behaviors.

I also find it curious that “anonymous” keeps showing up when dealing with APS. First, the allegation of Mr.Mygrant hiring two racist teachers simultaneously ( what is the statistical probability that after 27 years, Mr. Mygrant hires two?). Second, “Anonymous” faxed notice of an APS grade changing investigation to WSB/WABE.

Hmmm…

bootney farnsworth

November 1st, 2012
1:51 pm

if Davis were not so arrogant, he would have simply said the change has been made, Dr. Mygrant did us a good service, we thank him for it, but its time for a change.

then shut up.

problem is, Davis didn’t

bootney farnsworth

November 1st, 2012
1:54 pm

@ entitlement,

in the case, the needs of the one outweigh the needs of the many.
APS is wrong, and has chosen to deliberately keep being wrong.

God grant that you never find yourself in a similar situtation

vh3

November 1st, 2012
1:54 pm

Even if APS grants this request and does offer an apology, I certainly hope that doesn’t put an end to attempts to get to the real bottom of all of this. Parents and APS stakeholders in general still deserve to know what (if anything) really prompted these extreme actions by Davis. Any apology shouldn’t push the rest of the story under the rug.

And Mr. Delk has very recently been in the news primarily for his failed lawsuits. I disagree that Maureen’s words were off base. Too bad Mr. Mygrant couldn’t have chosen someone who was less of a “lightening-rod” for an attorney.

bootney farnsworth

November 1st, 2012
1:55 pm

@ maureen

any idea why my first post went to moderation?

bootney farnsworth

November 1st, 2012
1:56 pm

if I ever need an attorney, I want a lighting rod. someone who could draw unwelcome light on the USG and not just good old boy it away

vh3

November 1st, 2012
2:00 pm

bootney – fair point. I did wonder if the choice of someone so polarizing might be on purpose. Perhaps we’ll see as event continue to unfold – or at least I hope so.

Maureen Downey

November 1st, 2012
2:03 pm

@bootney, No, but it is out.
Maureen

Lee

November 1st, 2012
2:06 pm

Speaking as someone who has hired and fired, there are zero reasons Davis has given that would cause me to oust an employee in the manner in which Davis terminated MyGrant.

Davis was brought into APS as an outsider with a lot of credibility. He has been steadily chipping away at that credibility ever since and with this action, he really took a big swing and broke off a huge chunk of it.

Is there any left?

Maude

November 1st, 2012
2:13 pm

This was just reverse racism plain and simple. Any white person working in a metro school system is forced to deal with this daily, just not so public.

What is the problem?

November 1st, 2012
2:13 pm

Don’t get why it is snarky or wrong for Maureen to write that Glen Delk is fresh off an “unsuccessful effort to sue” the two school districts. Would it not be snarky if Delk had won and the comment was “fresh off his successful effort?” She’s reporting the facts. Delk is fresh off from losing in a Gwinnett last week. It’s no different than saying a musician, fresh off his world tour, is playing in Atlanta tonight. Lighten up people.

Prof

November 1st, 2012
2:33 pm

I am struck by a pattern to Erroll Davis’s behavior when dealing with educational matters: he very often acts in the strong authoritarian manner of the corporate CEO without considering the legality of his actions; and he still doesn’t seem to realize that those in Education very often have a different mind-set than do corporate employees.

We in the USG saw this when he was Chancellor, and in 2007 demanded that all present USG employees must undergo criminal background checks. When faculty forcefully pointed out (with the support of the AAUP) that legally they should be presumed innocent unless there were grounds for supposing otherwise, he changed this demand in 2010 to make it a requirement only for new hires and those being transferred to other USG offices.

We can see this also in his initial actions when faced with the APS cheating scandal in 2010. He read the State’s report and then immediately removed 178 teachers or placed them on administrative leave and replaced 43 principals, all while paying millions in salaries for those who did not dutifully retire. Teachers and principals appealed or sued because of what have turned out to be legal flaws in that report (too much hearsay evidence). Again, Davis ignored the legal principle that the accused are presumed innocent until proved otherwise; and again, the educators did not act like obedient corporate employees.

And we can clearly see this by-now familiar pattern of behavior in the way that he handled the removal of MyGrant from office at NAHS. Doesn’t Davis know the laws about libel, slander, and defamation of character?! He will learn them shortly, I think, from this retired school principal.

KIM

November 1st, 2012
2:34 pm

@EntitlementSociety This is not about an apology. It is about someone spending their life in meaningful work and being grossly humiliated when asked to come back. It is the worst kind of betrayal and he deserves this hearing…for himself and no one else.

crankee-yankee

November 1st, 2012
2:37 pm

I refer back to my post awhile back on this subject. Considering the way things are playing out, I am even more inclined to think this is how things played out. This is opinion not based in any facts but the circumstances support the theory. The new principal cut a deal with Davis to leave GCPS for NAHS that included a clean slate for him to hire his admin. team. He successfully made a similar demand of GCPS when he took over Lilburn MS, just not to the extent it has been implemented at NAHS. When it walks like a duck… If this is in fact what went down, Davis handled it about as poorly as he possibly could.

Bill Mackinnon

November 1st, 2012
2:48 pm

Why would Davis come clean with all the people who are asking for the truth? The only people he has to “answer” to are enough of the BOE members who will vote to extend his contract. He simply “armors” himself, keeps his secrets and waits for the short attention span of the public to move on to something else. I am glad Mark Mygrant has extended this with Maureen’s and the AJC’s assistance. It won’t cost APS very much to deal with this request for an apology, unless of course, Davis decides to stonewall. Then he can cost APS a whole lot of money. Just another example of rising taxes and per pupil costs for fewer students. I wonder how the per pupil expenditures compares with the inflation rate over the last few years? This is very poor judgement, from the very beginning. If Mark Mygrant was so bad (I don’t believe that for a second) then it was poor judgement to ask him to return in June. If Mark is as good as his 27 years worth of evaluations say he is, then it was obviously poor judgement to dismiss him and the others leaders as Davis did. And what kind of judgement is shown by precipitously removing leaders and reassigning them to other important positions in the system – where their competence is under a cloud? Davis needs to be let go and replaced. APS needs to start again at the top.

Error Davis is head of a powerful fiefdom within APS

November 1st, 2012
3:04 pm

CORRECTION:

I bet you Sharonn Pitts is the one ADVISING Error Davis.

FairLady

November 1st, 2012
3:23 pm

Lightening Rods get attention, win or lose. Delk did the Charter Amendment folks a favor. They got press ( win or lose). Polls went up in favor of Amendent and opposition went down after Delk’s fresh loss. . People started looking at the facts!! Glen Delk is the perfect attorney for this situation, because he’s not afraid! Takes courage to fight the BIG DOGS!
The school districts sure pay their supers a lot to keep making mistakes over and over. Wonder how much of the taxpayers and education money is being spent to defend all these mistakes. Hmmm?

madaboutmath

November 1st, 2012
3:54 pm

@Entitlement Society–If you had been the one treated this way, I’m guessing it would be all about you. You can’t treat people this way and expect to walk away without any consequences. You as a parent should be holding Davis accountable for his actions, not blaming MyGrant for wanting to clear his name. Once upon a time, a person’s reputation meant something. I’m guessing it still does to MyGrant, and I, for one, respect that.

Carlos

November 1st, 2012
4:23 pm

From what I hear (one degree of hearsay), what might be characterized as racism isn’t so much racism per se as first priority of resources going to students from within Buckhead, which students include some African-Americans among a greater number of whites. Since most students coming into NAHS from outside are African-American, the overall effect might easily be perceived as racist.

At the same time, property owners in Buckhead kick in more school taxes per student than most other residents in the city, so it’s not surprising that they want their kids to have a public school as good as those in North Fulton (which schools could still be much better). If there weren’t a credibility issue for Buckhead parents, they’d be sending fewer kids to private schools.

In the absence of some fact finding, we can’t make a judgment. In the event that there is evidence suggesting Buckhead residents are moved to first in line, then we need to see if NAHS administrators even were aware of that. It’s possible that this could occur just by following APS rules, with no intent involved.

After that, there’s the issue of what to do. That might involve the allocation of more resources to the school with a clear understanding of what population of students get what programs. To do otherwise might lead to a high school sitting in Buckhead with no students from Buckhead.

Personally, I’m inclined to agree with Glen Delk that the forced retirement of the temporary principal and transfer to his staff cannot be left sub rosa. Get the dispute out on the table where we can examine it at some length and keep asking questions until the questions are all answered. Those rumors that Glen will jump on top of the table probably aren’t true.

Everybody from the APS Superintendent, to the Board, to the parents to the teachers and staff at APS schools are frustrated with academic performance that manifestly ought to be much better.

There needs to be a city-wide discussion on what is happening and what tools can be employed to raise the performance of students who have been raised in less-than-ideal circumstances. Some of these tools need to be used by parents — some by teachers. Perhaps, schools need local pastors and parents observing from then inside as to whether teachers or students are actually in charge of the class rooms in order to validate discipline of difficult students or suggest alternatives.

What we don’t need is an atmosphere of blaming individuals for problems arising out of an environment that lies mostly outside their control. The educational environment is not good, so let’s develop the first K-12 district that operates as an open system — with the most transparency possible — that is not authoritarian and that the city feels that it owns, rather than looks from the outside in, wondering who is winning among all those scorpions in an opaque bottle. (to stretch too many metaphors too far)

We’ve gone well past the point when even gifted central administrators able to operate capriciously and arbitrarily from behind closed doors can effectively operate educational institutions. Erroll Davis may well be substantively correct about the NAHS “bottom line.” I like him when I hear him on the radio. APS was an authoritarian institution when he arrived; but he has proved at NAHS that decisions aren’t accepted outside what is perceived by the community as a fair and due process.

I’m still hopeful that he can take his next two years to open up processes and reach the point where those in the schools see the central administration serving them instead of vice versa. After all, He comes to the job with a big plus — a successful career in the “real world” OUTSIDE the stultifying educational bureaucracy.

Dana F. Blankenhorn

November 1st, 2012
5:28 pm

Wish I could sympathize, but MyGrant has forced students into kangaroo courts, and he should expect no better. Either we all have rights or we don’t, and he’s been pretty clear that , when it comes to getting tossed from APS, you don’t.

Georgia coach

November 1st, 2012
5:58 pm

All Mygrant is doing is drawing more attention to the situation.. Maureen is not helping him either as she too is blind to the fact that APS has much deeper pockets and will wear down legal efforts. The horse is dead, Maureen. Move on.

Beverly Fraud

November 1st, 2012
6:23 pm

“Maureen is not helping him either as she too is blind to the fact that APS has much deeper pockets and will wear down legal efforts.”

I’m sure APS counted on that when the cheating scandal first broke…but as the AJC proved (finally…SEVERAL years after Paul Donsky blew the lid off the story way back in 2001) sunlight IS the best disinfectant.

Beverly Fraud

November 1st, 2012
6:26 pm

Wish I could sympathize, but MyGrant has forced students into kangaroo courts, and he should expect no better…

Details please…

Counting the Casualties

November 1st, 2012
8:14 pm

Dana F. Blankenhorn and Erroll Davis appear to subscribe to the same school of logic and argument–a miserably failed one that surely wouldn’t make the cut under APS’s sudden new high standards: suggestive assertions, innuendo, anonymous allegations without evidence, explanation, or explication. When one charge is questioned, throw out another, the more incendiary the better–you’re a racist; the people you hire are racists; you discriminate against mothers. What’s next? You torture cats?

And when you’re making no headway with specious arguments or the “reason” du jour for your mysterious actions, start an “investigation” of grade changing to try and deflect attention from your failure to substantiate your claims.

Contrast that with Mark MyGrant’s presentation of evidence of: Davis’s apparent confidence and appreciation of him in July; Davis’s refusal to respond to MyGrant’s inquiries about the anonymous allegations until prompted by an attorney; Mr. Davis’s egregious lack of understanding of statistical analysis and of the population of students at NAHS and their performance in comparison to students in public schools in the city of Atlanta or the state of Georgia.

Juicy (but anonymous) accusation that ruins reputations–or statements supported by evidence and facts: it will be interesting to see what carries more weight with the esteemed school board in December.

I applaud Mr. MyGrant for forcing this issue into the light. To borrow the coach’s metaphor (thus mixing mine): The horse isn’t dead just yet.

RCB

November 1st, 2012
9:18 pm

Way to insult Mr. Delk, Maureen. On a different type blog this might be okay, but not here, where I thought we were supposed to get information, not bias.

Former APS student

November 1st, 2012
10:38 pm

There is NOTHING good that this Mygrant man has done as a whole at the schools that he has led. Sutton Scores as a whole are not ALL THAT HIGH.And we see what the statistic are at North Atlanta. I dont give a rat behind about his reputation because in the years that he lead North Atlanta and Sutton it seems he was looking out for a certain type of student with a certain type of back ground. Where are the programs to help at risk students stay on track at north atlanta and sutton? There arent any! Because, forgive my french, he didnt give a damn. And evidently The APS board nor Beverly hall gave a damn, being that he lead those schools for so long. I guess Dr. Davis got the memo a little to late….. But when he got it, he cleaned house!!!!! Thanks Dr. Davis

Former APS student

November 1st, 2012
10:50 pm

Excuse me…. But I dont give a damn about this Mygrant reputation because he obviously didnt give a damn about those 40% at risk students that has been dropping out of North Atlanta under his watch! With such a high drop out rate, where are the programs that he created to help keep these kids in school?! There is NOTHING he could say that could explain away those awful graduation rates….. other than I failed to lead ALL My students. It is obvious some classism and racism is going on.Keep up the good work Dr. Davis. Keep exposing the skeletons in the closets……So that they can be buried…..FOR GOOD!