This week we have two more examples of how Georgia is a bright shining beacon on that educational hill.
Leading things off, the Atlanta Board of Education chose to demonstrate it is a paradigm of stability and good governance by electing its fifth chairman in two years.
The new vice chair is Byron Amos, who was the swing vote. And he’s been on the Board for two months. And his meteoric ascendancy is a coincidence, he says there was no deal to make him vice chair. Both were elected 5-4.
Why does this matter?
As The AJC notes:
Board members spent 2010 squabbling over leadership and making decisions on split votes. The discord ended in court, with a judge setting parameters on who the new leaders should be. Then in early 2011, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which oversees the district’s accreditation, placed Atlanta Public Schools on academic probation as a result of board infighting…
The leadership vote was also muddied by a complaint from Atlanta parent and attorney Cynthia Briscoe Brown.
In a sworn affidavit sent to board members, Brown said McDaniel told her he had to run for chairman because Superintendent Davis wouldn’t sign his employment contract if Muhammad was re-elected chairwoman. According to Brown, McDaniel said Davis had concerns about the way Muhammad handled vendor contracts.
And in Gwinnett County, well, I’ll let the AJC do the talking.
Gwinnett County parents and activists have blasted the school district’s response following reports that students at a Norcross elementary school received a math worksheet that used examples of slavery in word problems.
One of the examples: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”
Rest assured, district officials “will personally work with teachers to come up with more appropriate lessons.”
Yeah it really isn’t hard to find “more appropriate lessons.” Try: “Each store has 56 oranges. If eight shoppers buy them equally, how many would each shopper buy?” If anyone wants to defend the slavery questions, I’m actually all ears.