Cynthia Briscoe Brown (I) is the parent of two APS graduates and was on the board of multiple PTA’s in the district and former co-president of North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools. She was first elected to the board in 2013.
As the primary author of the district’s 2019 equity policy Brown says she wants to see that it lives and breathes in every decision made by the board moving forward. She also wants to make sure the district comes away from the pandemic understanding that there are many different ways to learn and ways to accommodate students’ learning styles.
“We are living in the middle of a time of great uncertainty and great change. It’s important that we continue on the course we’re on and move more rapidly. But the only way we can do that is if we have people like me with the deep and broad knowledge and experience in Atlanta Public Schools to lead us forward.”
Keedar Whittle is an Atlanta native and father to an APS student in the Midtown Cluster. He is also the son of a retired APS administrator and currently runs a company providing permanent and temporary educators to schools and childcare facilities.
Whittle’s main goals are to make sure the district has measurable equitable policies in place to meet the needs of all students and to standardize the curriculum so that APS students can rise to the occasion. He also wants to increase wraparound services to meet students’ needs.
“I’m from Atlanta and I love our students and I fully believe that our students have the capability to succeed. I think we just need to reimagine and rethink what education looks like. At the end of the day, all I care about is the kids. We have to make sure that they are prepared to be contributing citizens upon graduation.”