The first time she met with Atlanta Public Schools principals, Beverly Hall
told the principals in 1999, “I know how to swim with the sharks.”
In that moment, Hall demonstrated the hard edge she would bring to a school
district known for weak academics and chaotic management. Now, though, as
she heads into retirement Thursday amid a massive cheating scandal, her
comments also illuminate the origins of the by-whatever-means-necessary
drive for results that Hall imposed on the district’s educators.
In between, that approach earned Hall wide acclaim, including one of her
profession’s top awards: National Superintendent of the Year. And, a review
of Hall’s tenure shows, it created the atmosphere that fomented the cheating
A convergence of events this week brings fresh perspective to Hall’s
performance over 12 often-tumultuous years.
In Sunday’s newspaper, the AJC takes a deep look at Beverly Hall's legacy with
Atlanta Public Schools. It’s a story you’ll get only by picking up a copy of
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