AJC: Is there a change in culture or priorities at Atlanta Public Schools after the last few years?
English: Parents will be able to feel a real sense of urgency that we don't only want to get it right, but we want to do it as fast as humanly possible. Folks are on fire for kids. That's one thing I can say about this new board and across the city. I think people are paying attention to education, and they understand the impact it has whether they have kids or not. They want to see us get it right. Kids don't have time to waste. Kids can't get third grade back.
AJC: What message did board members take from voters after last fall's elections?
English: They want to see us put more resources into the classroom, and, in many ways, do what we can to push decisions down to the schoolhouse level. There's an overwhelming desire for change, an overwhelming desire to get this right.