Atlanta Public Schools School Board At-Large Seat 8

October 31, 2021

Nine seats on the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education, three At-Large and six district seats, are up for general election on November 2, 2021. Candidate Keedar Whittle challenges current board member Cynthia Briscoe Brown who is seeking re-election for At-Large seat 8. The Board consists of nine members total who represent six geographical districts and three At-Large districts. One candidate is elected per district to represent the schools in a given district for a four-year term.

Cynthia Briscoe Brown

Cynthia Briscoe Brown represents At-Large Seat 8 for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education and is running for re-election this November. Since 2013, she has served in this position and uses her twenty-seven years of experience as an attorney to help students, teachers and families across the city. Brown’s platform encourages a caring culture of equity, trust and collaboration to ensure that every student will graduate and be ready for college.

Curriculum

  • Is in favor of dual language immersion programs, professional development for teachers concerning differentiated instruction and providing virtual AP classes for schools who may not have access to AP teachers. 

Social Equity 

  • Will allocate funding to students and schools in need of additional support, enforce an “Equity Policy” which allows administrators to aid to student’s specific needs and will encourage training on unconscious bias for administrators. 

COVID-19

  • Expand mental health wellness opportunities for students, will search for partnerships to help fund COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and general liabilities and wants to embrace virtual learning to improve educational outcomes. 

Community Engagement 

  • Will aim to improve communication between representatives, administrators and the community. 
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Keedar Whittle

Keedar Whittle is a Business owner and Board Member of the Black Child Development Institute and is running for Atlanta Board of Education Seat 8 At Large. His goal is to structure the APS school system where more opportunities are presented to students after high school. 

Curriculum

  • If elected, would partner with the city to train and recruit Atlanta Public School administrators to help prepare students for college and would allocate a percentage of jobs for APS students through strategic partnerships or community benefits agreements.

Social Equity:

  • Will commit to equitable policies based on each individual student, will encourage tracking progress towards improved outcomes and will provide academic, behavioral and social services to assist all schools. 

COVID-19

  • Encourages the availability of technology at a system-level, wants to tackle past inequities before capitalizing on the present value of technology in order to maximize student outcomes without technology barriers.

Community Engagement

  • Will leverage community relationships to help with increasing student outcomes and encourage positive partnerships with the community to benefit staff and students.
About the Contributor
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Alannah Edwards, Lifestyle Associate Managing Editor

Alannah Edwards is a Junior and Lifestyle Associate Manager for The Southerner. This is her third year working for the paper. While she is not writing,...

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