APS offers one of the most competitive compensation packages of any district in the nation.
Instead, a perceived culture of incompetence is what has long dissuaded talented people from joining the district.
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Understanding that the district faces a number of challenges and competing priorities, I write not to make demands, but with confidence that if you have a thorough understanding of the issue, the appeal of class-size reductions will be evident.
The district’s historical struggles to attract top talent are not the result of financial constraints.
In anticipation of the vote, Jarod Apperson sent this note of caution to Dr. A forensic auditor now working on a doctorate in economics at Georgia State, Apperson has made APS a focus and blogs about the district at Grading Atlanta.
With his permission, here is Apperson’s letter to Carstarphen.
The average Kindezi student scores about 0.31 standard deviations above the state average, and according to the state’s Beating the Odds measure the school ranks in the 99th percentile statewide when benchmarked against schools serving similar students.
So, yes, reducing class size is an effective means to raise student achievement.