During her prepared remarks, she focused on Atlanta’s inequities and the need to make sure that low-income students receive an education that gives them choices after they graduate. She said that’s a key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
Carstarphen pointed to the successes of her administration and the challenge of coming to APS in 2014, in the wake of a cheating scandal that had left the district in disarray.
“I came to Atlanta on a mission of faith that rose above any adult agenda: A mission to help kids who were cheated, families who were deceived and taxpayers who were shortchanged,” she said.
Five school board members, in interviews after the contract announcement, said they did not support extending Carstarphen's contract. They cited a variety of reasons, ranging from a need for more financial and academic accountability to the desire to find a new leader to guide the district through its next five-year strategic plan, which begins in 2020.
The board has begun a search for a new chief and aims to have someone on the job by July 1.