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Atlanta Public School Board names new Chairwoman

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During an emergency meeting Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education elected a new chairwoman - current board member Brenda J. Muhammad.

The board voted Muhammad into the top spot by a seven-to-one vote.  This replacement comes amid the district's CRCT scandal and SACS investigation.

"I think we have gotten over some of those challenges.  Now it's just a recommitment to work together in unity and most of my colleagues are committed to that," said Muhammad.

Muhammad replaces former Chairman Khaatim Sherrrer El, who will remain a member of the board.

"I'm proud of accomplishments I made and the board has made under my leadership under such great scrutiny and pressure.  Now it is my hope that my decision will allow us to move forward without delay, division or distraction," said El.

Vice Chairwoman Cecily Harsch-Kinnane, who did not attend the meeting, also plans to step down but remain a regular member on the board.

"This is the first step but not the only step. This is not mission accomplished.  A lot of work ahead for this board and district. It's going to be a busy summer," said Julie Davis Salisbury, from parent activist group Step Up Or Step Down.

Mayor Kasim Reed released this statement:

"I am pleased that the Atlanta Board of Education has taken decisive action today to address its governance issues in a meaningful way by electing Brenda Muhammad as its new chairwoman. I have known Brenda for many years and believe she is a capable leader who will help bring stability back to the board," said the Mayor.

Muhammad's new position starts immediately.

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