Officials have said fewer than 10 public school students live in the area, which includes Emory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But Carstarphen said the APS charter is clear: The district is to grow along with the city.
“We had no petitioners said they had an issue with Atlanta Public Schools. I spoke to the mayor personally -- he didn’t say he had an issue with Atlanta Public Schools and coterminous growth,” she said.
Carstarphen dismissed the notion that APS' stance has held up the annexation vote by city council.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with APS. They have their process. I respect it, but we’ve made it clear we have charter rights to grow in a coterminous fashion with the city,” she said.