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What's Your Take on the New APS Administration?

Davis, Atlanta Public Schools Featured in NY Times

From a district-wide cheating scandal uncovered in 2011 to the current effort to redraw school attendance zones, Atlanta Public Schools is no stranger to news coverage.

On Sunday, district superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr., was featured in a New York Times article that focuses on the new administration and the climate of change in the district.

The New York Times painted Davis as hero who saved the district during the darkest times:

On July 1, the day he was supposed to retire, Mr. Davis was sitting at Dr. Hall’s old desk, reading the 800-page investigative report and trying to figure out which, if any, of the people in the offices surrounding him could be trusted.

Since then, he has been unbending about rooting out corruption, to the point that Richard L. Hyde, who had been the lead investigator on the commission that issued the state report, said, “He’s brought order to chaos, it’s very impressive.” Mr. Davis has removed more than the 178 teachers and principals named in the report, and he dismissed several top administrators.

Parents: What's your take on Davis and the new administration? Tell us in the comments.

On Feb. 13, Davis sat down with Patch for a wide-ranging interview about the current redistricting effort that aims to address capacity issues at schools around the city.

Davis failed to directly answer questions about overcrowding at Inman Middle School, but said district officials are looking into an expansion at Springdale Park Elementary.

Springdale Park Elementary, Morningside Elementary and Mary Lin Elementary, among other schools, feed into Inman Middle School.

Virginia Culpepper February 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I might compare Mr. Davis to President Obama in that he has taken the reins at very difficult time. With APS just coming out of the cheating scandal and the fiscal inequity and distrust it created now faces a redistricting that will undoubtedly leave some very unhappy people in it's aftermath. There is no easy answer and absolutely no way to make everyone happy. I have been to several meetings and read most everything out there and feel It is too early to tell how the administration is doing. I will say, Mr. Davis needs some PR help, his commentary has been inappropiate at times and his body language is horrible. I do believe they are doing their due diligence before making adjustments to the district. There is no perfect answer and no perfect outcome my only hope is there will be improvement.

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