• Micah Rowland

    1) Why are you running for Atlanta School Board?
    I’m running for the Atlanta School Board because I believe that education is the key.
    When I learned of the CRCT cheating scandal, I was appalled at the thought of robbing
    children of their education for personal gain. The lives of thousands of students were
    at that moment gambled away without remorse or proper accountability. I’ve lived in
    impoverished communities and learned first-hand that a good quality education is the
    only way to succeed. I want to be an advocate to ensure all students in Atlanta Public
    Schools receive the best education they can receive and that we have an Atlanta
    School Board that is accountable to each and every tax paying citizens assuring value for
    every dollar.

    2) What makes you a better candidate than your opponents?
    I’ve worked with members of the Atlanta City Council as a Neighborhood Planning Unit Chair. I’ve
    worked with our Fulton county commissioner to improve living environment and public health for
    families. I am a member of Morehouse School of Medicine Prevention Research Center Community Coalition Board, where we identify ways of improving health care for families. I’ve worked with member of the department of planning, department of public works, department of watershed, department of
    housing and the department of parks and recreation. I’ve worked with the Atlanta Police Department
    and graduated from the Atlanta Police department citizen’s academy. I’ve worked with the Fulton County Sheriff’s department and I am an honorary Fulton county deputy. I’ve worked with the U.S. Attorney’s office identifying alternative methods in deterring youth from crime. I created a non-profit that provides wrap around services for youth in underserved communities. I’ve worked in our schools providing support for teachers like career readiness seminars, financial literacy and academic support.
    I have led community groups in resolving blight in communities. I have built partnerships with corporations providing resources for education to support youth development. I have held monthly meetings in various areas of the city to ensure that citizens are engaged and recorded their input so that our citizens input drive decision and policy making. Time and time again, I have fought on the side of citizens. I have taught technology to children and adults from 5 to 65 years of age as a teaching assistant. I’ve written grants to ensure citizens have the proper support through community based projects and assisted citizens in getting access to volunteers. The fact that I have served and led so many different community boards is a testament to my commitment to community. Appointed or elected by
    Citizens.

    3) What do you think is Atlanta Schools’ greatest strength?
    The teachers are the greatest strength of Atlanta Public Schools. They are the foundation
    for which we build bright futures through our children.

    4) What do you think is Atlanta Schools’ biggest challenge?
    Identifying the best ways in improving student performance. This comes in the form of a
    myriad of conditions. One of these are funding to improve facilities, acquire new facilities
    and assure that teachers and staff have the compensation needed to focus on our children’s
    learning.

    5) How would you address what you feel is Atlanta Schools’ biggest challenge?
    There are many waste reduction mythologies’ that can be implemented to make Atlanta Public Schools
    spending more efficient. One of these are implementing cost reduction like Six Sigma that
    identifies inefficient processes then eradicate them.

    6) What are the top two or three things you plan to focus on during your term as an elected official?
    1. Getting all children access to mandatory disciplines like S.T.E.A.M Science, Technology Engineering
    Arts and Math. I attended graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University, and obtained Masters of Science degree in Quality Assurance, Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, and a graduate certificate in Information Technology. I am also certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt and Microsoft Certified Professional.

    2. Improvement in teaching resources. Our teachers today are overwhelmed with providing education to our children. In many cases teachers have overcrowded classrooms, do not have all the supplies they need in the classroom or students who are unruly. We can use different teaching paradigms like virtual class rooms where students don’t need to leave their homes to learn through the internet. Teachers can be trained on using digital technology that can reduce the costs of the needs of materials or supplies in the classroom. Programs like Smart and Secure Children developed by the Satcher Institute of the Morehouse School of Medicine teaches parent leadership that mitigates the negative impact on children who may be acting out due to their impoverished environment.
    3. Unifying communities. One thing I learned while serving my community as an advocate is that people are divided over education. We have the Have’s and the Have Nots and everyone wants what is best for their children. We can’t be a culture of robbing Peter to pay Paul. In one area, we have overcrowding great schools bursting at the seams but education is marginal due to the large class sizes. In another area, we have poor facilities where environmental issues are affecting our children’s ability to learn. We can fix this, we can have a unified voice across all communities and build parent support with the voice of the parent and their children as being the measure of my ability to govern and manage our superintendent with my co-board of education members.

    7) What is your opinion of the current superintendent? Are you happy with her leadership or do you want the school system to go in a different direction? I think we have a superintended that came into the end of a crisis in a city environment that hasn’t put education at the forefront. We can see this as a result of the missed payments from the Atlanta Beltline via the Atlanta Beltline TAD. I think she is a fun energetic motivator, with the belief that Atlanta Public Schools can be its best. Yes, she is a great motivational speaker moving the teachers and staff of Atlanta Public Schools in a positive direction.

    8) If elected, do you promise to conduct yourself in an ethical and transparent manner? Yes, while I served as the chairperson of NPU-V, Atlanta Beltline TADAC and Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board public safety chair, I consistently held public meetings, I maintained the confidence of my peers and provided information as I received it to all stakeholders to ensure the need input was received, processed and delivered on a regular basis. Please do see more about my campaign here: http://www.micahforatlanta.com.