Atlanta school chief: We need to recruit families to come to APS

Meria Carstarphen says Atlanta Public Schools has to tell parents what it has to offer.

SECOND OF NINE VIDEO SEGMENTS

With Atlanta Public Schools proposing school closings, I sat down with Superintendent Meria Carstarphen for a long video interview. AJC multimedia journalist Erica Hernandez broke the interview into nine short segments. (Two to three minutes.)

Here is the second segment.

Here is a link to the first.

Here is a link to the third segment.

Here is a link to the fourth segment.

I will share the rest over the next two weeks.

In this segment, Carstarphen addresses her reform strategy, including getting high schools in order and improving the clusters within the APS system. She talks about the tough choices she has to make, including closing schools.


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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Readers of this blog may also be interested in reading the comments of other readers to Diane Ravitch's blog, in the link above, in which Ed Johnson's thoughts are presented. Thank you, Ed, for sharing this link. I respect the views of Diane Ravitch regarding what is happening in public education today. She has a keen eye and speaks truth.

EdJohnson
EdJohnson

@MaryElizabethSings: “[Carstaphen] spent an inordinate amount of time addressing "branding" rather than actual plans for internal instructional improvement.”

Just so happen that input I offered earlier today to a draft press release to come from a community of parents, grandparents, family, friends, neighbors, civil society leaders, and other public education advocates that opposes Carstarphen’s maniacal drive to merge and close more mostly “Black” public schools includes:

“Also without question, much of the superintendent’s school board-approved leadership amounts to tampering with APS systemic structure pretty much exclusively and directly as well as through a great many newly acquired partners.  The tampering has distracted APS from developing internal capabilities to improve systemic behaviors essential to actually achieving sustainable student learning and quality educational outcomes beneficial to all involved.

“Consequently, for mostly Black children in both Atlanta public schools and charter schools, sustainable academic achievement has failed to develop so has worsened, it can now be shown.”

This being the case, it frightens the bejesus out of me whenever I hear Carstarphen talk of involving herself in early childhood education and making it a blame-game.  Frankly, Carstarphen I put in the narcissistic Trump/DeVos class, although it pains me to do so.  Carstarphen has in just two short years horribly failed and robbed mostly Black children of attaining a quality public education far in excess of Beverly Hall’s failure.  Kind of like Bush 2 followed by Obama.  I had never wanted Carstarphen to fail, and early on I offered her how she would fail.  But she could not listen – and I do mean could not listen, just as she has shown she is incapable to listen to the community mentioned above.

 

Starik
Starik

Parham, why don't you give us some salaries for football and basketball coaches?

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Agree. Alvin Wilbanks in Gwinnett is responsible for 178,000 students, 20,000 staff, and a $1.86 billion budget. The number of staff makes GCPS tied with Home Depot as the fourth largest employer in metro Atlanta. And Home Depot has multiple employees paid as much or more than Wilbanks.

By this scale, Carstarphen is overpaid since she has fewer than 30% as many students as Wilbanks.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I was not impressed with Superintendent Carstarphen's responses in this segment of her interview.

She spent an inordinate amount of time addressing "branding" rather than actual plans for internal instructional improvement. She sounded more like the CEO of a corporation than a Superintndent of Schools.

A business model, or business approach, to improving public education is NOT the way to make educational improvements in public schools. Ed Johnson may have sized up correctly that the APS is taking the wrong educational trajectory under Superintendent Carstarphen to make significant instructional improvement at the APS.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Things have changed since you retired. Carstarphen is not an educator; she is the CEO of a failing educational business in Atlanta City. It was once a monopoly for everyone except the well-to-do, but charter schools now threaten its income.

Carstarphen is closing stores like Sears and JCPenney to cut expenses.

Starik
Starik

@BurroughstonBroch In the cheating trial we saw some of the inarticulate, unqualified teachers in the APS system.  A quality teacher is what these deprived kids desperately need, and apparently don't get. Remember, the scandal broke open when a teacher had a "vision" ordering her to snitch.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

" Carstarphen is not an educator; she is the CEO. . . ."

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And, that shows, unfortunately, for precision in improvement in instructional delivery for the students and teachers of the APS.

PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

But yes, we need more $$$$ for education..... Let us raise taxes to support these peoples life styles, errr I mean the students education.

PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

http://www.myajc.com/news/local-education/superintendent-salaries-and-perks/lLd8gqlMg1wtLj4gQPegFM/

Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent

Base salary: $375,000

  • $1,200 monthly car allowance.
  • $800 monthly expense allowance.
  • The school district pays 10 percent of her salary toward her retirement plan, plus Georgia Teacher Retirement System contribution and contributions to a separate plan in line with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).
  • Gets paid for as many as 30 unused vacation days.
  • The school district pays for home Internet service, home office equipment, her and her family’s health insurance premiums and her annual physical exam.

dsw2contributor
dsw2contributor

I wonder how many commentators posting potshots at APS happen to be from Douglas County -- you know what they say about people in glass houses.


The Washington Post has published an article about Douglas County Schools titled "Teacher sees how CHEATING can raise high school graduation rates":

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teacher-sees-how-cheating-can-raise-high-school-graduation-rates/2017/02/26/13359378-fa64-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html

An independent analysis claims that Douglas County School's increased its graduation rates by lowering standards:

https://advocatingexcellence.org/transparency/graduation-rates/


PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

Public school funding is the largest program in the state budget, receiving more than 40 percent of the state's General Fund resources. The 2014–15 state budget includes more than $45 billion in General Fund resources for kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) education and child development.
www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fr/eb/

PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

At the pay to run Atlantas' school system...... we should be producing the most educated students in the history of the USofA.

PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

Chief Justice of the United States
2016: $260,700
2000: $181,400

Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
2016: $249,300
2000: $173,600

PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

Legislative Branch - US Congress
Rank-and-File Senators and Representatives
2016: $174,000
2000: $141,300

Speaker of the House
2016: $223,500
2000: $181,400

House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders
2016: $193,400
2000: $156,900

Note: Last salary increase for Members of Congress came in 2009.

PARHAM v JR
PARHAM v JR

How much does the leaders of Ga. make? : https://ballotpedia.org/Georgia_state_government_salary
Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal $139,339
Lieutenant Governor of Georgia Casey Cagle $91,609
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp $130,690
Attorney General of Georgia Chris Carr (Georgia) 
Georgia Treasurer Steve McCoy (Georgia) $145,000

TaxiSmith
TaxiSmith

I did my student teaching in an APS high school some years ago,and thoroughly enjoyed it. At the end of my semester, I spoke to the principal about the possibility of securing full time employment either at that school, or another in the APS. He very bluntly told me that I had little chance of being hired. I asked why, and he said "we're making an effort to hire more black teachers." I moved to Cobb County and never looked back. 


Clean up your house, Madame Superintendent. 

Astropig
Astropig

"getting high schools in order"


"improving the clusters '


This^^ is why families should demand more school choice,not less.Do you believe that she would give a hoot in hell about your opinion if  there were not jobs and public funding at stake?



noseriously
noseriously

Clueless...........they go to private school to get away from her liberal values. She would rather have a pro-LGBTQLNOP system than one that is based on discipline and learning.

SayShenanigans1MoreTime
SayShenanigans1MoreTime

APS is a joke of a school system. There's a reason all those rich white folks are sending their little charlatans to the private schools at crazy costs while paying for black kids to stay in the public schools. 

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@SayShenanigans1MoreTime "Joke of a system," huh? 

The same system whose finance department just won two national awards for efficiency (there was an AJC story about it)? 

The same system whose Operations department wins awards for construction quality and efficiency, year after year (go down to their headquarters and look at all the plaques on the wall)? 

The same system whose professionals get asked for advice on various topics by OTHER metro districts (I have a friend that works for APS ... I've seen the emails from Cobb and Gwinnett)?

Tell you what, take the teachers and admins from any district you THINK is doing a bang-up job and transplant them into Atlanta. Then we'll REALLY see how good they are ... or are not.


BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

And still "graduating" children who cannot read, write, or perform mathematics at the 6th grade level. APS dominates the list of failing schools.

TruthReallyHurts
TruthReallyHurts

@BurroughstonBroch When children come to school for the first time and don't know their real name, it takes time to address that shortcoming. APS teachers and educators have students less than 8 hours each day, then many of them go back to the toxic environment and culture that produced their educational gaps and indifference to the importance of education. 

These are issues that the supposed "high performing" schools/districts do not have to deal with. Do a little research beyond the CCRPI numbers prior to popping off an ill-informed comment.