Thursday, January 31, 2013
If re-elected, she says that will be her last term on the school board.
Brenda J. Muhammad, District 1 representative on the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, is seeking re-election for the seat. But the Woodland Hills resident, first elected to the board in 1997, said if she retains the seat, that that will be her final term on the school board. Muhammad, who is program director of the Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission's Victim-Witness Assistance Program and founder of Mothers of Murdered Sons MOMS Inc. goes up against Leslie Grant of Grant Park, who has already announced her candidacy. Muhammad sat down with East Atlanta Patch recently to discuss the issues and her priorities for the upcoming term. These are excerpts from that interview: Q. Why are you seeking re-election? A. I’m running to …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Leslie Grant, member of the Jackson High Local School Council and Southeast Atlanta schools advocate, announces candidacy.
GRANT PARK — Leslie Grant, mother of two and member of the local school council at Jackson High School, is running for the Atlanta Public Schools Board District 1 seat, currently held by Brenda J. Muhammad. Grant, who filed papers to run on Tuesday, said she believes it's time for "transformational leadership" on the board. That became apparent, she said, following the redistricting of APS last year, which resulted in the closure of seven schools. "Redistricting changed a lot," she told East Atlanta Patch. It changed the way people perceived what was going on. And it just seemed to bring a lot of people out and made them energized about being interested in fixing their schools." The redistricting had been a contentious issue across the …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Parents also will get a chance to meet and greet with APS' senior leadership team.
Atlanta Public Schools' District 1 representative Brenda J. Muhammad and Karen Waldon, deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, are hosting a meet and greet with parents to welcome new and returning principals from these schools: The theme of the event, scheduled for Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 450 Capitol Ave., is "Getting to the core of it. . .The Common Core Curriculum." The Common Core Standards are a series of guidelines adopted by a number of states that outline what students need to have in their K-12 schooling to be fully prepared in college. In addition to Muhammad and Waldon, these APS officials also will be on hand to meet parents and answer questions:
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Davis will field questions about Cook Elementary School's repurposing.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
by Patch Staff Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. is holding a community meeting with parents July 12 at Parkside Elementary in Grant Park. The 6 p.m. meeting at 685 Mercer St. SE is being hosted by APS Board of Education board member Brenda J. Muhammad, whose District 1 includes some of the neighborhoods that feed into Grant Park's Jackson High School. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how to repurpose the now-closed Cook Elementary School in Capitol Gateway. The board of education voted to close seven schools in the district — including Cook — earlier this year in an effort to redraw school attendance zones and make the best use of buildings across the district. Parents at Wesley International Academy in …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
APS Board members host public forum on schools improvement.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
by Patch Staff Atlanta Public Schools board members Courtney D. English and Brenda J. Muhammad are hosting a focus group of teachers and administrators May 10 that is designed to get their ideas and concerns regarding efforts to improve district institutions. The event, which is sponsored in the Speak Life Foundation, comes as APS has been under intense scrutiny in recent years following a national cheating scandal, near-loss of accreditation and a districtwide rezoning that has resulted in the closures of seven schools. The meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., is at Hope-Hill Elementary School in Old Fourth Ward, 112 Boulevard NE.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
District 1's board representative weighs in on the schools rezoning debate.
Arguably, the toughest job to hold in Atlanta right now is likely being a member of the Atlanta Board of Education. Hours from now, the nine-member board could vote on Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr.'s plan for APS which aims to reduce the number of empty seats citywide, ease overcrowding in some schools and slash operating costs. The road to today's possible vote has been anything but easy. For several months, parents, teachers and taxpayers from neighborhoods all across the city have poured over redistricting maps and possible scenarios for where children might go. In the last few weeks, as Davis released his preliminary, then final plan, they've let their voices be heard loudly and forcefully. With several school closures at stake, …