What impacts our local schools?
To keep families in cities you need well-resourced schools. Atlanta neighborhoods deserve schools that are supportive places for all our students, helping prepare the next generation of Atlantans.
FAST FACTS FROM THE EXPERTS
- The Mayor and City Council have no direct control over schools.
Atlanta has a booming technology industry but our schools do not have the infrastructure to prepare children to move into this industry; less than %5 of our schools teach computer science.
80 percent of early childhood development happens between the age of 0-3 but Atlanta does not provide sufficient resources for pre-K education. There are around 4,000 kids eligible for APS kindergarten programs, 2-3/4ths of them are not getting access to pre education.
Charter schools came into place to bring in something different from the traditional school systems. They get funding from our public school budget. There are around 16 charter schools in Atlanta.
WANT TO TAKE ACTION?
Use these fast, tweetable facts and downloadable graphics to ensure your friends, family, and even candidates know education matters for your future Atlanta.
OUR FUTURE ATLANTA IS Educated
FACT: In 2016 APS’s graduation rate was only 71.6%.
FACT: Fewer than 3 out of 4 kids are graduating high school in Atlanta.
ATLANTA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Although the Mayor can influence education policy, the members of the Atlanta Board of Education approve the budget and set the millage rate for collecting taxes to fund the Atlanta Public School System. The Board members hire and supervise the Superintendent, and they pass policies that govern the Atlanta Public Schools System. There are nine board members comprised of representatives of 6 geographical districts, and 3 “at-large” or city-wide districts.
In November each voter will vote for their district candidate, and a candidate to fill each of 3 seats: District 7, District 8 and District 9.
To learn more about the candidates check out the Georgia Coalition for Public Education.