Message from Brenda Muhammad – Board of Education Representative

Dear District 1 Constituents:

By now, you have undoubtedly heard media reports regarding the accreditation of Atlanta Public Schools. I wanted to use this forum to communicate with you directly the facts of this determination, and to reassure you that our children’s education is not at risk.
The first thing you should know is that the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to place Atlanta Public Schools on probation in no way applies to the system’s academics. It is strictly directed to the Board of Education. Let me assure you that APS accreditation is fully intact and, while the ruling only affects high schools within the system, your graduating seniors will graduate from an accredited school.
It is also important to know that Board members take our governance role very seriously. It is never our intent, nor would we ever do anything to jeopardize the education of our children. My fellow Board members and I are on one accord in our resolve to right the ship. We are currently reviewing the AdvancED/SACS report, and have been given nine months in which to answer six criteria. We will do whatever is necessary to retain our accreditation.
Our first report is due May 1st, with the final report due by September 15, 2011. I will keep you informed throughout the process of all reports submitted, before SACS monitors return on September 30, 2011 for final review.
I invite you to visit the APS School Board website at www.atlanta.k12.ga.us to review the AdvancED/SACS report in its’ entirety. There is an area designated for public comment. I encourage you to post your comments.
Finally, I strongly encourage you to visit our board meetings so that you can witness for yourself the operations of the board. Our Committee of the Whole meetings are usually scheduled for the first Monday of each month. Please refer monthly to the APS website for exact date and time of these meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 24th at 2pm. Mr. Mark Elgart, Executive Director of AdvancED/SACS is scheduled to attend and answer specific questions of the board regarding the recently received report. If your schedule does not permit you to attend this or other meetings, please let me continue to hear from you as we work together for the good of the children of Atlanta.
Sincerely,
Brenda Muhammad
Atlanta Board of Education District 1
404 226-5484
bjmuhammad@comcast.net

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