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Superintendent gives APS 'State of the Schools' address

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Superintendent Erroll Davis gives the annual State of the Schools address at the Carter Center (photo courtesy @apsupdate) Superintendent Erroll Davis gives the annual State of the Schools address at the Carter Center (photo courtesy @apsupdate)
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis (WAGA file photo) Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis (WAGA file photo)
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Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Erroll Davis says he believes the district is successfully positioned to take on the challenges that lie ahead, and move past a scandal that damaged the district.  Davis delivered those remarks during the State of the Schools address as the Carter Center on Tuesday morning.      

Davis says several moves last year-- including developing a budget that doesn't rely on reserves, district-wide redistricting and big staff changes—have positioned APS for a great school year.  

"We value your support," said Davis.  "We need your support.  We cannot do this alone."

One year after taking the reins of the district, Davis assured parents, staff and business and community leaders that APS has made steady progress over the last 12 months.   Davis took the helm when the district was embroiled in controversy with revelations of widespread cheating on CRCT tests.  The ensuing investigation led to the firing of dozens of teachers and administrators.  

District leaders also wrestled with the challenges of redistricting and budget issues.  As he moves past those dark days, Davis notes that the district has made measurable progress each year.  

"We are certainly not out of the woods yet," Davis said.  "Our plans are still being put in place.  The infrastructure is still being laid and the true payoff is still two, three years away."

Davis acknowledges the fall semester has gotten off to a rocky start with outraged parents challenging the new transportation policy.  The district will not provide bus service to some children who were transported to school last year.  Some parents complain that the district is forcing their children to walk through dangerous neighborhoods.  

"We're going to go back based on parental concerns and where we see a special need, we will address them," said Davis.

Davis stressed that district officials believe that children who are now required to walk to school aren't being asked to walk a great distance, but he concedes that there are other concerns that need to be addressed.  He says they will take the appropriate action to ensure student safety.

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