I learned recently that once upon a time when Mary Linn was not the hot school it is now it was also folks from Kirkwood who were willing to go in and work to make it great. I bet there were people from plenty of other neighborhoods there too. Currently, all schools in APS have children in them who come from myriad communities, not just the communities closest to the school. (Not that being close to a school means you are zoned to it - think Coan.) Toomer, for example, is a mix of East Lake, Kirkwood, Candler Park, Lake Claire, Morningside, Reynoldstown, Grant Park, Edgewood, and Summerhill - and I'm sure I'm leaving many off the list. All of these children and their parents are part of the team and are an inextricable part of the school's story- present, past, and future. People who want to lay claim to the success of a school ought to make sure they really know the facts about who is presently at the school and who worked to make it great. When my husband was offered a job in Atlanta I was excited about moving to Atlanta - not about moving to Kirkwood, as wonderful as that experience has been. We are all residents of one great city and if any part of this city isn't working well it negatively impacts us all.
"None of the adults engaged in this fight really want to talk about that, but we will, because we're all adults here, right?" People have been speaking loudly about racial implications for months, in my opinion. I think many people REALLY do want to talk about it and have.
“earnest, hard-working stenographers at East Atlanta Patch” The Patch coverage has been terrific. They are journalists, not stenographers.
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