Closer Look: APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen; Stockbridge Mayor; Atlanta Income Inequality; And More

Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen joined Rose Scott in-studio on today's "Closer Look."
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Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Monday, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) filed a lawsuit against the City of Atlanta and current City Council President, Felicia Moore. According to the lawsuit, the ordinance approving the annexation of Emory University, the CDC and other commercial and residential areas was changed to favor the Atlanta Public Schools tax revenue base. A. Lee Parks is the attorney representing DeKalb County Schools, and he speaks to explain the District’s decision to sue.
  • 8:02: The effort to de-annex Eagle’s Landing from the City of Stockbridge has stirred some controversy. Stockbridge officials say the split would increase tax rates for their city, and have even threatened legal action should Eagle’s Landing become its own city. In the second installment of our two-part series on this issue, we hear from Mayor Anthony Ford, Mayor of Stockbridge.
  • 28:43: A recent report from The Brookings Institution found that, among big cities, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. exhibited the highest rates of income inequality in 2016. The top 5 percent of households in these cities earned incomes at least 18 times as high as the bottom 20 percent of households. To launch our new series “Paycheck to Paycheck”, we’ll hear more about these findings on income inequality nationally and in Atlanta from the report’s author, Alan Berube, a senior fellow and deputy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution.
  • 45:42: We’re joined by Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen to talk about the school year in review, and the Atlanta Board of Education’s vote to extend her contract.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.