Joe Lowery held secret meetings over APS fight

Scott Henry over at Creative Loafing has this intriguing nugget in a piece on the leadership struggle within the Atlanta Public School system:

In an effort to bring a measure of civility to a tense situation, civil rights veteran Joseph Lowery convened a series of highly hush-hush meetings on successive Saturdays last month in the basement of a prominent southside church to bring the warring factions together.

According to participants at the first meeting, Mayor Kasim Reed advocated a return to the previous board leadership, a theme echoed over the two subsequent meetings by Chamber supporters. But with [Khaatim Sherrer] El holding firm to the chairman’s seat and no further progress apparent, the closed-door meetings were abandoned after three sessions.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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gotta love "secret black govt"

March 3rd, 2011
11:07 am

If whites did this it would be all over…so double faced-

Bet their was not any whites invited! Wonder what was REALLY said!

Raquel Morris

March 3rd, 2011
11:12 am

Most likely the same folks who hashed out the Black Mayor Memo. This crowd is clearly more concerned with protecting the status quo than fighting for the educational welfare of our children. Disgusting.

George

March 3rd, 2011
11:13 am

Gotta love please do not be stupid. what whites have done to certain groups of people far out weighs a meeting at a church no one was killed.on a better note to board members should all be replaced.

George

March 3rd, 2011
11:16 am

Morris my point exactly they all should go or take their accredition if not now when?

KILJOY

March 3rd, 2011
11:16 am

That’s the problem with APS: too many secret meetings, with secret agendas! The Chamber, the mayor, Beverly Hall, the black mafia and SACs, all done under the cover of night with agendas not related to educating children

Road Scholar

March 3rd, 2011
11:19 am

No the problem is letting one’s ego take over their intelligence!

Sound Reason

March 3rd, 2011
11:24 am

Don’t GA open meeting laws pertain to this?

Thomas

March 3rd, 2011
11:25 am

It is quite evident no intelligence exists within this APS only collusion deceit and fraud

Angela

March 3rd, 2011
11:29 am

I second that motion, Road Scholar. That’s the problem with DeKalb school board as well. They are not worried about the welfare of the children anymore.

gotta love "secret black govt"

March 3rd, 2011
11:30 am

Past worngs do not justify contiuned poor behavior; it only contiunes mistrust and distrust; like the saying oges: somethings never change!

Teckgirl

March 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

The entire board should be RECALLED!! Board members are charged with ensuring policies and governance regulations are in compliance. The Superintendent in responsible for the day-to-day operation of the system……instruction, personnel, safety, etc. Dr. Mays, Mrs. Yancey, and Dr. Glover are turning over in their graves with such foolishness! The children should not be held as pawns.

Justin Bieber

March 3rd, 2011
11:36 am

Is this the same Joe Lowery, draped in his new Presidential Medal, who said, “he didn’t care about the issues, he just wanted a Black Mayor.”

Travis McGee

March 3rd, 2011
11:39 am

Some of these folks will climb a tree to tell a lie when they could stand on the ground and tell the truth.

chillywilly

March 3rd, 2011
11:42 am

Obviously Joseph Lowery is a little senile. People like him, Andy Young, Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed need to keep their noses out of APS business. They don’t know half of what’s going on inside of the walls of APS. They are the same so-called “Black Leaders” that sit silent on the sidelines while black thugs terrorize the black community. Well, Beverly Hall & her administration have terrorized the black community for more than 10 years and it’s time to punish their no good a$$es. I’m black as hell, but I’m not giving these crooks a free pass. It’s time for these “black education terrorists” , “white Finance Department terrorists”, “political apologetic terrorists” and “Chamber of Commerce status quo terrorists” to pay up (and pay back as in the case of Beverly Hall’s bonuses) and hit the road.

Charles

March 3rd, 2011
11:43 am

As a WASP at first I was disgusted with Mr. El. But when I continue to read about the APS cover up and the lack of Board action I began to see some last ditch effort on El’s part to finally stand up and do something. Turning leadership back over the the status quo was unacceptable to him as it should have been to Lowery and Reed. El may have gone about it the wrong way but what other choices did he have with a superintendent who was hellbent on denial and obstruction and board chairwoman who would not make waves.

Top School

March 3rd, 2011
11:45 am

The REAL secret meetings are held on the NORTHSIDE of Atlanta…at the round table of Professional Standards with Warren Fortson and John Grant expunging the reported cases that THEY CHOOSE do not have cause.

The APS Administration (Hall, Augustine, Few, Coleman and APS Attorney’s) held secret meetings with PRINCIPAL REICH and her supervisor Tamara Cotman to strategize their next move to keep everything covered-up.

This has been ongoing since 2001.
http://www.TopPublicSchoolCorruptionAtlanta.com

Top School

March 3rd, 2011
11:50 am

There is too much exposed for LOWERY to get involved at this point…everything has imploded. Whatever secret meeting took place helped them to come to this conclusion.
There is more to this drama than just test scores…FOLLOW THE MONEY…

Top School

March 3rd, 2011
11:51 am

“GO cHILLY Willy”

Sideshow Bill

March 3rd, 2011
11:56 am

@Sound Reason apparently not, just look at the same thing the Republican caucus did with Sunday sales

ed

March 3rd, 2011
11:58 am

If only we could turn back the calendar to 1954 we’d realize separate but equal wasn’t bad after all. Blacks were not content fouling their own nests. They had to foul the nests of everybody.

Really

March 3rd, 2011
12:04 pm

Seriously……….is ANYONE surprised………..by ANY of this ?????

excuse me?

March 3rd, 2011
12:06 pm

Whites founded this country on meetings like this, get your head out of the sand.

sam the sham

March 3rd, 2011
12:07 pm

gotta love “secret black govt” ….whatever point you were trying to make got lost in your misspelled words and poor grammar. There’s an old saying that goes “sometimes it’s better to sit silently and be thought a fool than to make comments and remove all doubt”.

Keith Best

March 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm

I believe blacks should have their own meeting such as blacks did in the civil rights movement during Dr. King time. We as blacks should not let everyone know what we are thinking. We as black need to keep in contact with just ourselves some of the time to discuss matters. If we don’t we will be just like we were in the 1950 and 1960.. (blacks having not rights at all)

Voice of Reason

March 3rd, 2011
12:13 pm

The Atlanta Public School System is totally corrupt. There is no hope for saving it.

DannyX

March 3rd, 2011
12:14 pm

Yes lets turn back the calender ed.

To the good old days of Republican State School Super Linda Schrenko. She stole money from a deaf school to fund her face lift.

How about the fine Glenn Richardson? He had an affair with a lobbyist.

Maybe you prefer John Oxendine?

How about Sonny Perdue? Land deals, highway deals, tax deals…

Nathan Deals no-bid Government contracts? Speaker Ralston’s vacation?

Ralph Reed’s ethics? Newts ethics? Cocaine judge?

Logic 05

March 3rd, 2011
12:16 pm

Beverly Hall should be indicted for the corruption under her watch.

Is she still traveling the country telling everyone what a great job she’s doing?

DannyX

March 3rd, 2011
12:19 pm

Anyone speaking out against all of the white chamber of commerce types that helped create this mess in the first place? They throw around campaign contributions and have had many “secret meetings.”

How about?

TrickleDownStupid

March 3rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Joe Lowery can hold any meeting he chooses to, he’s not an elected official. If those who chose to attend his meeting decided to do so, it’s not necessarily an official meeting of any kind. What’s the concern?

TEACHER 23

March 3rd, 2011
12:26 pm

@Top School. I agree. The meeting are held on the Northside.

If anyone is wondering why Warren Fortson lost his case against APS and Dekalb County, it is because Warren Fortson is in bed with management. He was the counsel for APS.

Travis McGee

March 3rd, 2011
12:28 pm

@DannyX — Dang if don’t look like you’ve covered all the bases. I guess you could say crookedness is contagious and those you mention caught it.

mechelle

March 3rd, 2011
12:29 pm

ed you are STUPID…

chillywilly

March 3rd, 2011
12:31 pm

The Chamber of Commerce could care less about the welfare of APS. In their minds, AP$ i$ nothing more than a big fat ca$h cow. I’m sure that COC held many secret meetings with Beverly Hall, Chanda Burks, Kasim Reed, Mark Elgart and others. This is the very reason that Khatim Ell and the other four board members took a brave stand against these rogues.

Terminate Beverly Hall & her cabinet members TODAY!!

HALLELUJAH!!!!!

March 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

What ever happened to seperation of CHURCH and STATE!

Time For Perp Walks

March 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

The APS administration defends Superintendent Hall’s outrageous compensation based on the fact she has so much responsibility. The fact she makes more (in total compensation) than the Governor of Georgia (and in some years the President of the United States) makes for an interesting counter to that baseless argument.

TEACHER 23

March 3rd, 2011
12:34 pm

The APS Administration (Hall, Augustine, Few, and Coleman) needs to go.

A class action suit needs to be filed immediately against these people.

Keith Helms

March 3rd, 2011
12:35 pm

Time for the State Board of Education to take over four systems that are so full racists and corruption that there is no hope what so ever. Atlanta is not even the worst of the four, Bibb County at Macon is. The other 2 are Dekalb and Clayton.

chillywilly

March 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

Please help me understand Warren Fortson’s position with regard to APS? I do know that he represented an APS Facilities employee who filed a lawsuit against APS last year. The employee won his lawsuit, was given back pay and reinstated to his APS position. I also heard that Warren Fortson once commented that “APS was currupt to the core”. I know that Fortson is APS former General Counsel, but is he a supporter of the current administration?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

March 3rd, 2011
12:37 pm

And…having met in violation of the Open Meetings Act….I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if those who attended ahd the gall to charge the taxpayers mileage both ways – and meals.

RL

March 3rd, 2011
12:38 pm

I think that only those who send their kids to public school should pay for public schools.

Last Man Standing

March 3rd, 2011
12:40 pm

Keith Best:

I guess your next post will be about police dogs and fire hoses?

Jack

March 3rd, 2011
12:41 pm

Our black leaders are certainly not trying to win friends and influence people. At the same time, our children are not being educated as exemplified by the posters in here murdering the English language. And sam the sham is right: one shouldn’t advertise one’s own stupidity.

chillywilly

March 3rd, 2011
12:42 pm

@Teacher 23 – Coleman no longer works for APS. However, I do agree that Hall, Augustine, Few, Chuck Burbridge, Nader Sohrab, Keith Bromery, Penn Payne, Valeter Mazyck, Dave Williams, Elwood Duckworth & Lottig need to be terminated right now. I also agree that a class action lawsuit is in order.

Are there any law firms interested in representing current & former employees in a class action lawsuit against APS? If so, please place an ad in the local media outlets.

illputitoncspan

March 3rd, 2011
12:48 pm

chillywilly

March 3rd, 2011
11:42 am
Obviously Joseph Lowery is a little senile. People like him, Andy Young, Shirley Franklin and Kasim Reed need to keep their noses out of APS business. They don’t know half of what’s going on inside of the walls of APS. They are the same so-called “Black Leaders” that sit silent on the sidelines while black thugs terrorize the black community. Well, Beverly Hall & her administration have terrorized the black community for more than 10 years and it’s time to punish their no good a$$es. I’m black as hell, but I’m not giving these crooks a free pass. It’s time for these “black education terrorists” , “white Finance Department terrorists”, “political apologetic terrorists” and “Chamber of Commerce status quo terrorists” to pay up (and pay back as in the case of Beverly Hall’s bonuses) and hit the road.

Great comment by chilly willy regarding the so called city and civic leaders not saying anything about all the crime that goes on in metro Atlanta. Of course it’s politically incorrect to talk about crime in this city. As far as APS goes, they all know the quality of the education and the test scores that come with it are a joke. Now they are trying to cover it up. Beverly Hall is a fraud and was given a free pass for years. Of course the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is just as guilty in the cover up. It’s not about educating the kids. It’s about putting up a front. They decided a long time ago that it would be easier trying to fool people than to provide a real education. Of course, othere than the kids and some of their parents, they are fooling no

A dad

March 3rd, 2011
12:49 pm

Let’s face it folks. Nothing, I repeat nothing, will be done re the APS scandal because in Atlanta it’s all about skin color and not the issues. Doubt me? Look at Lowery’s “black mayor” comment. Sad state of affairs.

A dad

March 3rd, 2011
12:49 pm

Let’s face it folks. Nothing, I repeat nothing, will be done re the APS scandal because in Atlanta it’s all about skin color and not the issues. Doubt me? Look at Lowery’s “black mayor” comment. Sad state of affairs.

KB

March 3rd, 2011
12:55 pm

APS and Grady should both be shut down one and restarted from the ground up the next day. One is so corrupt that it can’t be fixed, the other is financially chronically in the red. The State should take them both over, as well as the airport, and fix these instituitions that are too big to fail.

'skeegeeflea

March 3rd, 2011
1:00 pm

Dr. Joe Lowery has always been very good at causing these knuckle dragging troglodytes to admit and acknowlwdge their racial bigotry, even as they attempt to disguise it as civic responsibility. Those with the most severe social and cognitive deficits, like ed and those who agree with him, are incorrigibly damaged and are, therefore, beyond redemption. Those of us who are sane and rational thank God every day for Dr. Lowery. He is, has always been, and will always be my hero.

ed

March 3rd, 2011
1:01 pm

Danny X – Like so many uninformed APS products you do not know your history. In the 1950s John Letson was the Atlanta School Superintendant, recruited from Chattanooga. He has not been surpassed as a leader, and he was white as the driven snow. Paul West was the Fulton School Superintendant, Jim Cherry headed the DeKalb School System. Take a hike to the public library, pull the files, do some research, and then sound off.

hop

March 3rd, 2011
1:11 pm

ONE HAS TO WONDER WHY SCHOOLS LIKE GWINNETT AND COBB, Who have large minority representation in their respective schools with much higher scores than atlanta,dekalb and clayton county schools .

All people want and deserve good schools,but schools are made better by parents who are involved with their kids and not politicians who only care about their salaries,retirement and benefits.