This is a watershed moment for our school system. This election, and the new superintendent we hire in 2014, may be the most important decisions we make as a community this decade. We have the opportunity to set a new course for our schools and ensure our schools are providing the world class education we all want for our children. To meet these expectations, there are some fundamental changes that need to be made in how our school system operates in order to live up to these expectations. These reform measures are working in other cities around the country - Denver, Nashville, New Orleans - and we need to bring them here.
I have a longterm commitment to public education in Atlanta. In the 1990s I took part in a community-wide coalition to improve our school board. I was elected to the Atlanta School Board in 2002 and served two four-year terms in a citywide role. For 15 years I have led the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, a major Atlanta based grant-making organization that focuses on educational organizations and reform. Through this work I have studied educational reform efforts both locally and nationally, and have been exposed to cutting edge approaches to education reform and how all our children can benefit, particularly those children without many opportunities.
Now is the time to enact real reform in our schools. Now is the time to provide real opportunity for all of our children, regardless of the neighborhood in which they happen to live.
This is our moment. We must take advantage of it to enact real change in our schools. With your help, I'm ready to move forward. I hope you'll join me.