Mayor Shirley Franklin to Teach at Spelman After Tenure Ends

Spelman College officials reported to the AJC that current Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin will begin a one-year professorship at the school in January.

Franklin will join the faculty at the historically black women’s college as Cosby Chair, an endowed professorship program started by Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille.

Franklin, 64, was elected as Atlanta’s first female mayor in 2001, and her final term ends Jan. 3. She is also the first African-American woman to lead a major city in the South.

Georgia Teacher Accused of Putting a Hit on A Student

Randolph Forde, a special ed teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, was accused of putting a ‘gay hit’ on one of his students. It was reported that Forde asked the student whether he was gay after he saw him dancing inappropriately with another male student. A few days later, Forde supposedly told another student that he would pay him to kill the allegedly gay student.

The Charlotte Examiner wrote, “Jail records show that on October 13, Forde was charged with making terrorist threats, released on $10,000 bail, and issued a restraining order to keep away from the student.  A school spokesman says Forde remains on administrative leave, and an employment hearing by the school district has been postponed, citing Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, which requires 24 hours notice prior to such a hearing.”

For the full article, CLICK HERE

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane wins Atlanta Board of Education election

Thanks to everyone who voted yesterday and showed their support for Cecily! With your help, she was re-elected to the District 3 Board of Education! The final count was 5584 to 4110.

Cecily Thank You flier

Why you should vote for Cecily Harsch-Kinnane for Atlanta Board of Education

This morning I received a comment from Charlie Stadtlander and one from a supporter of his about the election. I am glad to see that people appear to be researching both candidates and reading blogs about the election, and I would like to add more information to show why I am supporting Cecily Harsch-Kinnane.

Cecily has a long history of positive interaction with the Atlanta school system and as an advocate for its students. Cecily has been a part of what has made this school board the one that was just recognized as the best urban school board in the nation.

When Atlanta Public Schools were overcrowded, Cecily helped get a new school built to accommodate the students. She spends and has spent an incredible amount of time working in the district as a parent,vice chair of the school board, a school board member (which she has been for four years), a former teacher, and as chair of the audit committee and accountability committee. Cecily truly cares about APS.

“Cecily is the one elected official that our district can’t afford to lose right now. Atlanta Public Schools are in the midst of a wonderful transformation that witnesses Dr. Beverly Hall, who was voted the Superintendent of the Year for the nation, working side by side with the School Board to accomplish great improvement. Grady High School will undergo its transformation in the next year and making sure that we have a voice that is heard and considered is critical in this process.  With Cecily as
our representative, we are sure to have Dr. Hall’s attention.” – Cecily supporter Janet Kishbaugh.

A message from Cecily:

“During my four-year tenure, I have taken on a variety of responsibilities.  I have chaired the Audit Committee and the Accountability Committee.  Since 2007, I have served as Vice-Chair of the Board. As the representative of the board, I sit on the Atlanta Partners for Education, a joint program of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Atlanta Public Schools. I am the board delegate to The Council of Great City Schools, a national policy organization for urban school systems, and sit on its board of directors with Dr. Hall. I am the representative of Atlanta Public Schools for the Georgia School Boards Association Large Systems Forum. And through my responsibility as a board member, I have truly enjoyed hearing from and getting to better know my constituents – the students, parents, teachers and community members of my district. I have felt privileged to benefit from the collective wisdom of District 3 and its long history of community involvement.  I have called on the expertise of those who served before me as well as on the knowledge of the many people who work hard every day to make our schools – and, in turn, our intown neighborhoods and our city – strong, vibrant and welcoming to all.  The tremendous input from constituents, I can humbly say, has made me a more effective board member and, consequently, has facilitated the work of the board and also improved the Atlanta Public School system.”

To read the message in its entirety, click here.

Vote in Atlanta’s Municipal Election tomorrow, Nov. 3, 2009

Please don’t forget to vote in Atlanta’s municipal election tomorrow, November 3!

The mayoral race is close right now, and Kasim Reed could use your vote. Also please vote for Cecily Harsch-Kinnane for Atlanta Board of Education in District 3! She should beat Charlie Stadtlander based on merit, experience and dedication, so please help the best candidate get elected. For more information, visit her Web site:

Cecily for Atlanta Schools

Regardless of the candidates you support, please don’t forget to vote!

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane for Atlanta Board of Education, District 3

If you live in District 3, please take the time to research the two candidates for School Board Representative before voting (actually, please always take the time to research before voting, but especially in this race).

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane is the incumbent running against Charlie Stadtlander. Stadtlander’s platform is bullying in schools, but I’m supporting Cecily for many reasons. The major flaw that I see in Stadtlander’s campaign is that he’s never stepped foot inside a school in the Atlanta Public Schools system. Harsch-Kinnane, on the other hand, has had three children in APS and continues to be involved.

For more information, view these Web sites:

Cecily’s Web site

Cecily on the APS Web site

…and to view Stadtlander’s site, click here: Charlie’s Web site


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