Monday, October 7, 2013
Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed wants to double the salary of the Atlanta Public Schools’ superintendent to $600,000, and is asking businesses to kick in private money to do it. Reed says that the extra compensation will help “recruit a superintendent like we would recruit the head of football at the University of Georgia." The APS superintendent’s position has been a troubled one since former superintendent Beverly Hall was indicted in a test cheating scandal. Hall’s replacement, Erroll Davis, Jr., retired this year. Whoever takes on the superintendent mantle faces real challenges: including a 51% high school graduation rate and a slight ding on APS’ credit rating after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that charter schools were exempt from contributing to the school system’s pension debt.