Charter School Snapshot

A supplement to Held to Account, get an overview of charter schools in Georgia and answers to frequently raised issues

Brian Leary

To ensure the BeltLine has the transformative effect that advocates pine for, Leary will need to be both innovative and realistic.

The Chief Complaint

For a man with such respectable bona fides—University of Chicago medical school graduate, trained in oncology at the National Cancer Institute, Emory professor, and currently chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society—Dr. Otis Brawley sure knows how to piss people off.

Solid Ground

It’s late summer and Hurricane Irene is blowing, counterclockwise, toward the United States. Roovens Monchil is sitting in a hot, dingy Valley Place Apartments unit near Stone Mountain Highway. The door hangs open, but there’s no breeze.

Stories from Camp

In 1993 Camp Twin Lakes opened on 500 wooded acres outside of Rutledge. Today the facility has thirty air-conditioned cabins, a medical lodge, a horse-riding ring, and a pool with a fifty-foot waterslide.

Alex Cooley

After dropping out of college—first UGA, then Georgia State—and a stint in California, Cooley managed a pizza joint on Roswell Road. It wasn’t doing well, so he brought in doo-wop performers, but it still went bust. A few months later, driving to Miami, he heard a radio station announce the Miami Pop Festival. He went and was blown away. Back in Atlanta, he and seventeen partners started the first Atlanta International Pop Festival. Janis Joplin showed up and said to him, “I want a drink and a fuck. In that order.” In July of 1969, weeks before Woodstock, she, Chuck Berry, and Led Zeppelin performed for more than 100,000 at the Atlanta International Raceway. Cooley later launched the Electric Ballroom and the Roxy, started Music Midtown with partner Peter Conlon (now president of Live Nation Atlanta), and was instrumental in saving the Fox. Last year he consulted on the renovation of the Buckhead Theatre. “Music,” he says, “has been my life. Now rock is respectable, though, which takes a little something away from it.”

Kasim Reed

Sixteen months on the job, the mayor enjoys widespread support among Democrats and Republicans and is quick to defuse criticism by shouldering blame and not shirking it.

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