Your morning jolt: In search of Beverly Hall

Monica Pearson of Channel 2 Action News is conducting a cross-country search for the former superintendent of the scandal-ridden Atlanta Public School system:

Pearson might want to check in with former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, who said she called Hall after the report was released last week. Posted by USA Today via 11Alive:

“I called to say I was thinking about her, and I hoped she could relax and reflect,” Franklin said. “She said she was intending to do that. This is a really tough report to internalize.”

Franklin said Hall did not offer an apology to her during that conversation.

“I didn’t ask for an apology, and my conversation was short,” Franklin said. “I think she has appropriately apologized to the teachers, students and to the general public.”

Meanwhile, the AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Franklin’s evaluation of Hall’s tenure as school superintendent.

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Cobb County has become the latest Republican-controlled bastion in metro Atlanta to consider a tax increase. From my AJC colleague Janel Davis:

The increase is necessary to help close a $33 million budget deficit for fiscal 2012, which begins in October, said Commission Chairman Tim Lee. The tax hike would also allow the county to eliminate the last two furlough days — Aug. 5 and Sept. 2 — of this budget year; restore operating hours at county parks, libraries and aquatic centers; and, mow more of the county’s rights-of-way and medians. The tax increase would also keep the county from dipping into its reserves for $2 million to finish out this fiscal year.

A vote could come as early as July 26. This morning, former Cobb commission chairman Bill Byrne, already an announced challenger to Lee, lambasted his opponent:

”Foreclosures in Cobb County have increases by 11 percent from 2010 and the unemployment rate in Cobb County is approaching 16 percent, and county spending continues as if we had no problems.”

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Asked to grade himself, Nathan Deal says he’s been a good, but not great, governor in his first six months. From Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News:

“It’s sort of like being asked in school to grade your own paper,” he said. ” … We’ve had a very successful several months. … So I suppose somewhere around a B-plus.
“But B-pluses are not good enough. I want an A or A-plus.”

But Deal is good enough to have raised $559,000 for a re-election bid still three years away according to campaign finance reports filed with the state. From the Associated Press:

The report filed late Friday says the Republican governor’s campaign has $421,139 in the bank after expenses.
Deal paid his daughter-in-law, Denise Deal, and her fundraising company, Southern Magnolia Capital, $24,789 for work on the campaign this year, the report shows.Last year the Deal campaign paid Southern Magnolia some $90,000.

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A local newspaper reports that Rosalynn Carter will deliver the Tuesday eulogy for former – and fellow — first lady Betty Ford at a private service in Palm Desert, Calif.

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“The Undefeated,” the new Sarah Palin documentary, will debut in Cobb County on Friday. Not by coincidence, Palin is on the cover of Newsweek magazine, declaring that she could win the GOP nomination for president – if she wanted it:

Asked what was to be made of the fact that so many Republicans were looking beyond the field of declared candidates to people like herself, and Govs. Rick Perry and Chris Christie, Palin said, “It suggests that the field is not set. Thank goodness the field is not yet set. I think that there does need to be more vigorous debate. There needs to be a larger field. And there’s still time. There’s still months ahead, where more folks can jump in and start articulating their positions.”

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The Wall Street Journal has joined Tim Pawlenty in the examination of a certain Minnesotan’s career arc, declaring it to have a somewhat biblical cast:

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann touts one job as her primary professional experience before entering politics. On the campaign trail, she describes it as being a “federal tax litigation attorney.” Others might call it tax collector.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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19 comments Add your comment

td

July 11th, 2011
10:21 am

I hope Monica will tell the authorities where she is when she finds her. Dog the bounty hunter is available and will track her down.

Dallas would be the dumbest city in America if they go ahead and hire Hall.

TRUTH

July 11th, 2011
10:25 am

FIRST!!! And Bev Hall is like most other leaders caught with their hands in the cookie jar. Trying to act as if you didn’t know that cheating was rampant in YOUR school system under YOUR watch and then trying to have the general public be appreciative of YOUR successes is, in a word, dumb.

You’ve unleashed thousands of students into the citizenry ill-prepared. And Shirley, well, its Shirley.

TRUTH

July 11th, 2011
10:25 am

Romegaguy

July 11th, 2011
10:25 am

Congrats to Monica for figuring out a way to get her employer to pay for a Hawaiian vacation.

Cutty

July 11th, 2011
10:27 am

It appears that local republicans are more interested in raising taxes. As far as the hated City of Atlanta, pension reform and a balanced budget with no tax increase. Go figure. You repubs keep talking while your taxes go up. Atlanta is walking the walk.

Hide-n-seek

July 11th, 2011
10:38 am

It happened on Hall’s “watch.” She needs to own it. If she didn’t know about it, she should have.

td

July 11th, 2011
10:43 am

Romegaguy

July 11th, 2011
10:25 am
Congrats to Monica for figuring out a way to get her employer to pay for a Hawaiian vacation.

LOL. Smart lady.

cash in

July 11th, 2011
10:46 am

she be on some new taxpayer paid junket to get another “education award” for “turning around” the schools. She be entitled–give her more money, or she’ll sue.

left/right? i care!

July 11th, 2011
11:08 am

@ cash in? not funny. according to the ajc’s reporting, it would APPEAR that hall was knowledgeable of the cheating scandal. i agree with hide-n-seek: she needs to own it. how? by paying reparations and retiring in disgrace.

John K

July 11th, 2011
11:09 am

Cobb Republicans considering raising taxes!!! The spirit of 2010 lives on! Taxed Enough Already! LOL

CommonSenseRules

July 11th, 2011
11:37 am

While the general public is smelling blood in the water surrounding Dr. Hall (wherever she may be), let us not overlook the culpability of the APS Board — its own dysfunction notwithstanding — that must share in the what-did-they-know-and-when-did-they-know-it scrutiny. Oversight must be more than titular if it is to have any value at all.

Ga Values

July 11th, 2011
12:22 pm

CommonSenseRules

July 11th, 2011
11:37 am

Atlanta’s Thug Mayor, then Thug Senator got passed a bill that removed the Board from ovesight.. Yes this is the same Thug Mayor who was all over the 5 Board members who wanted to get to the bottom of APS cheating.

Ghost Rider

July 11th, 2011
2:28 pm

I’ve learned that Hall has departed with the Skipper and Gilligan on a three day cruise.

jm

July 11th, 2011
3:55 pm

Hall may or may not have known about cheating. But she created the culture of fear that led to the cheating. Insisting on results at any cost put APS in the hole its in now, and when she said that, and then got results that were above the norm, she needed to investigate to make sure the results weren’t a result of the extreme rhetoric and the crushing culture that forced some teachers to take desperate action.

Cobb Mom

July 11th, 2011
4:20 pm

Bill Byrne should check his facts. And then explain how 10% Department Cuts and 5 furlough days equals spending as if nothing is wrong.

Kimy

July 11th, 2011
8:52 pm

Sonny Perdue and Governor Deal used millions of tax payers dollars to enrich themselves. Now, they want to investigate Atlanta Public Schools concerning cheating. PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

K Ribbons

July 12th, 2011
8:06 am

This same thug Mayor had me tied up in code enforcement court for two years because I dared blog about already published dirt her and her family were into. Now Code Enforcement won’t even come out to cite 1 year old Jungles, near landfills, or kicked in doors. It was so bad, by the time they got me on 3 out of 12 court appearances, Vhsnnel 2 had Code Enforcement on the news about whole streets of Vacant properties in ill fitting condition. Code enforcement had no comment. Yet, if I cut my grass every two weeks it was considered “overgrowth”.

I wonder if some of the same Atlanta School Teachers who called themselves teaching and parading around on messageboards like “hotghettomess” were implicated.

Wipe the slate clean of the corrupt please and give others a chance.

This same school system gave birth to the “Midtown Robbers”. The 4 kids terrorizing Midtown around a decade ago with 3.5+ GPAs until they attempted to rob the wrong marine.

[...] Photo via AJC [...]

Andy

July 15th, 2011
9:46 am

The problem is Monica Pearson is a little too cozy with Beverly Hall to ask ‘tough questions’ about Hall’s involvement in the cheating scandal. This isn’t a statement about race, just that Hall and Pearson run in the same social circles. I think if WSB sent someone else on vacation –I mean, on assignment to go after Hall, she would have a completely different reaction. They were hoping she would let her guard down with Monica Pearson.

And I call b.s. about Hall’s throat/voice.