We will continue to add updates and articles over the next year as they become available to follow the progress of hiring a new Superintendent for APS.
September 9/22 - Update and Explanation from District 3 Rep Michelle Olympiadis - From Michelle Olympiadis
September 13th Articles
September 11th, 2019 - Super Update - Sep 2019 - Full Video is Included
Update - September 9th
In a crucial decision with little public explanation, the Atlanta school board has chosen not to renew Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s contract.
Update from"I am proud, honored and humbled to be your superintendent, the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. Over the past five years, I have used this blog to inform you – the APS community – in a direct and transparent way about our work on behalf of Atlanta’s children.This morning, the Atlanta Board of Education decided to launch a search for a new superintendent. Serving the children of Atlanta Public Schools in this role – and working alongside our educators, caregivers and partners – has been the greatest honor of my professional life."
Update - Letter from School Board - boardBreaking - September 9th, 2019The Atlanta school board will not renew the contract of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen.School board Chairman Jason Esteves said the board notified Carstarphen in July that there was not support for a renewal, but waited until now to announce it publicly so as not to disrupt the start of school.“We asked her to work with the board on a transition plan,” he said.He said the board must work to insure long-term stability and will begin search process now.
I am proud, honored and humbled to be your
superintendent, the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. Over the past
five years, I have used this blog to inform you – the APS community – in a
direct and transparent way about our work on behalf of Atlanta’s children.
This morning, the Atlanta Board of Education decided
to launch a search for a new superintendent. Serving the children of Atlanta
Public Schools in this role – and working alongside our educators, caregivers
and partners – has been the greatest honor of my professional life.
As I have expressed throughout the community for the
past few months, I had a sincere desire for a contract extension so that our
team and I could complete the vision and charge I was hired to achieve for the
benefit of Atlanta’s children: Rebuild trust and restore pride in Atlanta
Public Schools and position it for the future, especially after the largest
cheating scandal in the history of public education.
I’ve always been committed to working diligently and
collaboratively to achieve the District’s goals and our mission to prepare
every student for college and career. I feel we are well on that path. In fact,
APS has made great progress from rising graduation rates to higher test scores
to increased autonomy and resources for our schools.
I love hard. I work passionately. And when necessary,
I fight for APS and Atlanta’s children. I have always done what I believed to
be right. I've always worked conscientiously to execute our mission and vision.
And I have always had the belief that, despite challenges we have faced, we
have always been able to come together and take actions in the best interests
of children. For that, I am really proud of everyone in APS.
The disparity in educational outcomes for Atlanta’s
children has been intergenerational and systemic. The solutions are not easy,
which is why I so passionately wanted to stay and finish the job I was hired to
The Atlanta community entrusts its children and its
hard-earned tax dollars to us. We in APS owe it to our community to continue to
get up each day and show up for our children. I am incredibly humbled by the
support and grateful for our community of students, caregivers, principals,
teachers, staff, alumni and partners who have been so supportive of the work we
I’ve said many times: I love Atlanta … I believe in
Atlanta. I believe in everyone in APS, and I believe everyone on our team will
continue to get the job done for children. Despite progress and gains, this
work is not done.
As hard as it is sometimes, given the challenges
inside and outside of the system, I do love my job and want to work to ensure
that Atlanta has a homegrown educated workforce. I’ve made Atlanta my home, and
there is still so much more work to be done. We have come a long way since the
dark days of scandal, and I hope we can continue the progress.
Our children need all of us — the Board and
Superintendent, along with the entire APS community — to fight for them and to
be their voice to have the best chance at choice-filled lives.