Monday, October 7, 2013

Atlanta Mayor Wants to Attract a New Superintendent by Doubling the Pay

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.

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