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Meria Carstarphen shares APS consolidation strategy: Streamline schools. Strengthen programs.


With Atlanta Public Schools proposing school closings, I sat down with Superintendent Meria Carstarphen for a long video interview. AJC multimedia journalist Erica Hernandez broke the interview into nine short segments. (Two to three minutes.) This is the first segment.

Here is a  link to the second segment.

Here is a link to the  third segment.

Here is a link to the fourth segment.

In this segment, Carstarphen addresses resources. Does APS have enough and are they being used correctly?

The school chief says the controversial proposal to close elementary schools in southeast Atlanta will allow her to focus resources. Yes, the consolidations will create larger schools, but she says they'll be better schools. Note her comments on the role of choice.

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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.