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Atlanta Resident Starts Petition To Remove Superintendent Davis

Molly Read Woo started the online effort late Sunday night.

After the disastrous reign Beverly Hall over Atlanta's public school system, many parents saw the appointment of Erroll B. Davis Jr. to superintendent as a much-needed first step for a district beset with problems.

But not everyone is a fan.

One Atlanta resident has started an online campaign to remove Davis as APS' superintnendent.

Late Sunday night, Molly Read Woo sent a petition to each member of the Atlanta Board of Education, asking them to find a new superintendent instead of renewing Davis' contract.

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Its committee of the whole meeting occurs at 2:30 p.m., followed by a community meeting at 6 pm and its legislative meeting at 7 p.m.

"I know this petition may be too late to have an impact, as the board is meeting today and members may have already decided whether or not they will vote to renew Davis' contract," Woo wrote. "Still, I wanted to make sure they knew how at least one APS parent felt about the issue before going into it today."

Woo said Davis has mismanaged APS resources. "He has a lack of concern and communication with those people who work hard to make our schools the best they can be for every student," she said.

"I am sure we can find a better candidate to lead Atlanta Public Schools through the next couple of years."

Brad T. December 04, 2012 at 04:03 AM
This is interesting...for the last twenty five years Atlanta Public School's performance was not a big issue because the the majority of the schools were located in inner city communities and the APS schools that were not in inner city communities were quitely being run as "private schools".
Chris Murphy December 04, 2012 at 12:24 PM
APS performance has been a "big issue" since I moved here in 1981, at least, and from what I have read, since its inception in the 1860's. The claim that Brad makes is the race card that is often played, that North Atlanta and Grady high schools are "white schools" and somehow immune to the problems of other APS schools. Anyone- anyone with working neurons- that has experience with APS at any level realizes very quickly how dysfunctional it is, how incompetent many employed by, or leading, the system are. There are many, many good people there, but they are often overwhelmed and sidelined by the politics, and usually the racial poilitcs, at work in this city. The schools in the "white" areas of town get no more resources than any other areas, but what they do have is a vast amount of parental and community support. Being that these areas are generally economically better off than others in the City, that support makes for big differences. Be aware, however, that APS spends gobs of money- $17,000/student/year, high even on a national level- without the results to show for it. Given the racial make-up of the Board, the administration, and the work force, you could then label APS as 'black-on-black crime.' Errol Davis has introduced integrity, intelligence and diligence to APS. he has made mistakes; the N. Atlanta personnel moves could have been much smoother and transparent. Given the mess he was handed, I'd put the guy up for sainthood.
Marsha December 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Chris..The claim that Brad made is in fact a topic the we as Americans do not want to discuss. But in any community in America, regardless of race, where poverty exist, schools are facing so many issues. How do we, as Americans, who want the best for ALL of our children, create a fair and equal educational system?
Jarod Apperson December 04, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I'd vote we keep Davis. I have zero confidence the board would select a more capable leader, though I think they exist. Davis is lacking when it comes to communication and coalition building, but at least he seems to have integrity. Until the board demonstrates some ability to lead effectively as a group, I'd rather not take the risk they select someone worse.
Jarod Apperson December 04, 2012 at 02:42 PM
@Marsha - our traditional schools are designed to educate students who arrive at the school with a certain amount of resources - involved parents, certain character traits, high IQ. They do a decent job of educating these kids. From "bad" schools like South Atlanta to "great" schools like Walton, these traditional schools do NOT serve kids without those resources well. They aren't designed to. Parents with low resources need to get their kids into somewhere like KIPP or Drew which are designed to educate high-needs kids and do it well.

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