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Tom Tidwell (School Board District 8 Candidate)

10/9/2013, 12:05 p.m.

Campaign Web Site: ElectTidwell.com

City of Residence: Atlanta

Do you, or have you had, children enrolled in an APS school?: Yes, a 4th grader at Morris Brandon and a 6th grader at Sutton.

E-Mail: tom@tidwell-law.com

How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: I am on the Board of Trustees for Northside Methodist, and I serve as Vice-chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods. I have worked on the Morris Brandon School Council. I have been a vocal parent advocate attending most Board meetings for the past 5 years.

If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: Balancing the budget; reducing class size; reforming the budget process and moving toward site-based budgeting; improving early childhood education.

Level of Education: B.B.A. in Economics, Juris Doctorate

Name: Tom Tidwell

Office Sought: Seat #8, Atlanta Board of Education

Political Experience: none

Prior Office(s) Held: none

Profession: attorney

What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: By 2017, I want every child leaving 3rd grade to read at or above grade level. I want 75% of today's 8th graders to graduate and 90% of today's 3rd graders. When they graduate, I want them to have the ability to choose what they want to do in life.

What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: Strong schools are the foundation of strong communities. Strong communicates support economic development. This makes Atlanta more attractive for businesses to relocate to, which brings more jobs for everyone. The Beltline in East Atlanta is primed for explosive economic growth, but they will need strong schools to make this happen.

What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: I am a good listener who can build consensus. I am a hard worker who can get things done. I am a critical thinker who can identify, analyze and solve problems.

Are you a product of the Atlanta Public Schools system?: Yes, I graduated from Northside H.S. in 1980

Are you, or are you not in favor of more Atlanta charter schools?: I support charter schools, but I don't think we need more charter schools just for the sake of more charter schools. I will evaluate each petition and will support charters that are financially sound and will improve the education we provide our children.