Take a look at the list of candidates for the six open seats on the DeKalb school board, which I have put in a Google doc. There are plenty of folks on it from across the political spectrum.
There are many parent activists and former school board candidates. Donna Edler’s name is on the list as well; she is a suspended board member. However, Edler told the AJC today that she did not submit her name but plans to seek reinstatement through the channels open to her. Since it was email submissions, I assume someone could fraudulently submit someone’s name.
Two people on the list worked closely with Sonny Perdue when he was governor, Joy Hawkins, his former policy analyst and deputy chief operating officer, and Kathleen Mathers who led the CRCT cheating probe as head of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement.
And there are other familiar names from state government, Melanie Stockwell, former director of legal services for DOE who later worked for state Sen. Eric Johnson, and ex DeKalb legislators Doug Teper and Dan Weber.
Also on the list are Emory’s Mark Bauerlin, author of “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future,” parent Jennifer Hatfield, Denise McGill, a board candidate this past year for District 6, Ella Smith, also a former school board candidate, and activist parents Betsy Parks and Faye Andresen.
Cynthia Tucker of Stone Mountain– no relation to my former boss here at the AJC — is a former political candidate for the State House. Jonathan Weintraub is a former DeKalb county attorney.
Please note: The Sonny Jester on this list is no relation to Nancy. My colleagues who cover DeKalb point out that this Jester is a parent activist who has served on numerous panels and was vice chair of the DeKalb Education Foundation.
Let me keep looking at the list for other notable names. But keep in mind that there are folks who share names.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog