NPE Endorses Four Candidates for Atlanta School Board
Candidate for the District 8 At Large seat, Cynthia Briscoe Brown has played an active role in the Atlanta school community for decades. As an attorney, Briscoe Brown has helped several APS schools to form their own nonprofit foundations. An Atlanta native, she stands for strong communities and believes that all of the stakeholders should play an active part in the education system.
Ed Johnson, the NPE endorsed candidate in District 9 is known as a staunch advocate for public education. Recently, NPE President Diane Ravitch recognized Johnson because of his stance against the privatization of education and the over-testing of children. Johnson faces a candidate backed by corporate education reform organizations like Teach for America.
In District 5, Mary Palmer has distinguished herself as an advocate for children and families through her work as a board member of the Atlanta Council of PTAs. A certified teacher with a degree in Computer Science, Palmer has devoted the last seven years to working with students and parents of the Atlanta Schools. She will use this experience to engage the community and collaborate with families.
An educator with over thirty years of experience, Nisha Simama, seeks the District 7 At Large seat. Simama possesses a broad understanding of the education system, having served as the Executive Director of the largest Head Start program in the state of Georgia as well as an Assistant Professor at Clark Atlanta University. She brings to the race a lifetime of service to children.
The Network for Public Education endorses candidates for office based on our principles and goals. More specifically, we support candidates who oppose high-stakes testing, mass school closures, the privatization of our public schools and the outsourcing of its core functions to for-profit corporations, and we will support candidates who work for evidence-based reforms that will improve our schools and the education of our nation’s children.
The Network for Public Education is pleased to endorse Cynthia Briscoe Brown, Ed Johnson, Mary Palmer, and Nisha Simama for Atlanta School Board and we encourage those who care about public education to do the same.
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