What’s Beverly Hall’s Legacy?

June 27, 2011  |  

(AJC) — The first time she met with Atlanta Public Schools principals, Beverly Hall told the principals in 1999, “I know how to swim with the sharks.”  In that moment, Hall demonstrated the hard edge she would bring to a school district known for weak academics and chaotic management. Now, though, as she heads into retirement Thursday amid a massive cheating scandal, her comments also illuminate the origins of the by-whatever-means-necessary drive for results that Hall imposed on the district’s educators.

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