A new school board in DeKalb County has a new philosophy on taxpayers paying for doctoral programs for administrators: No.
The story you’re reading is premium content from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can now also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyAJC.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyAJC.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to AJC for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
AJC Print subscriber — I need to register my account for digital access.Access Digital
AJC Print subscriber — I’ve already registered my account.Sign In
Tracking tax dollars
Since Georgia was awarded a $400 million Race to the Top grant, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been following the money trail. Last year, the newspaper detailed a move by the DeKalb County school district to use some of its grant money to put eight administrators who aspire to central office jobs through a doctoral program at the local campus of Mercer University. The costs were estimated at about $345,000. Then-School Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson said the program would help the district build a bench of qualified leaders. Residents questioned the decision.
Monday night, when a new school board with three new elected members and six others appointed by the governor had to decide whether to pay for the program for a second year, a majority voted it down.