APS seeks to close an anticipated gap of $47 million.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
by Patch Staff The Atlanta Public Schools is holding a series of public meetings this month to discuss the proposed 2012-13 budget of $564.8 million. The Board of Education, which gave preliminary approval on the proposed budget May 14, must give final approval at its June 4 meeting. The district aims to close a $47 million shortfall by axing 475 jobs — including teachers — closing seven schools, reorganizing departments and dropping those adminstrators and classroom instructors involved in the cheating scandal under the watch of former schools superintendent Beverly Hall. Other initiatives the district says will reduce costs include: The meetings, which all start at 6 p.m. are scheduled for:
East Atlanta's Stacy Abrams has just been selected to lead the Democrats in the state House. She talks to Patch about what to expect in the coming legislative session.
On a chilly morning in Kirkwood, a woman steps into a warm café, and chats with her acquaintance behind the counter. She finds a seat, puts her two phones on the table and settles behind a cup of cocoa to talk about state school budgets and state taxes. The woman is state Rep. Stacy Abrams. Her district runs from Fernbank to East Lake and south to Flat Shoals Road. In year of a big GOP majority, she has just been picked to lead the Democrats in the state house. Abrams, the first black woman named leader, says education cuts are coming and that Georgia could do a better job collecting the taxes it's owed. Here are excerpts from that interview. Q: We'll have to see Georgia budget cuts again this year. Will it shrink school funding, …