Children must come first.
Our decisions, my decisions, must first and foremost focus on what is good for all children.
My intention is to create an internal structure that will allow effective educators to focus on the core mission [of] improving academic performance.
We do not have the luxury of allowing non-academic related issues to consume the attention and focus of all our educators.”
What happened Cheryl? These were your promises to the community as published in the AJC when you were first hired 9 long months ago. My how time changes things.
… Atkinson’s selection has met with resistance from many parents, who do not believe that she has the depth to manage the 100,000-student urban district and all its problems, including flagging student performance and a stubborn achievement gap.
But Atkinson emphasized that she has done this work for three decades and understands what’s required to boost student achievement and change cultures.
So, what exactly is required? That would be teachers, first and foremost (which you admitted to cutting 593 of them). How about paraprofessionals – in the classroom to help and support those teachers? You cut out 200 of them. And people to interpret for the students and parents with limited or no English skills? You cut 20 of those.
25 more media specialists will lose their jobs
29 (all remaining) media clerks will lose their jobs
Regular Ed Class sizes will increase by 2 more
Special Ed Class sizes will increase by 2 more
52 more magnet teachers will lose their magnet job
28 more Montessori teachers will lose their job
How exactly does cutting all of these schoolhouse employees and more keep the focus on students and not adults/politics?
Not seein’ it.
UPDATE: Below is Dr. Atkinson’s letter to the board highlighting her work history and why she would be a good choice for superintendent. Hollow words in hindsight.