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Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer
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Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday it has hired Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as its new chief academic officer.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen nominated Jenkins for the job. The city's board of education approved her recommendation.

"I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students," Jenkins said in a statement.

Dr. Jenkins brings more than 25 years of education experience to APS. He is credited with transforming Michigan's Saginaw Public Schools District, increasing its graduation rate by more than 14 percentage points and reducing the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years.

Jenkins was born and raised in Phenix City, Ala. He earned an undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University, and a master's degree in educational administration and Ph.D. in education leaderhip and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He will begin his new job with APS on Oct. 20. The chief academic officer is responsible for driving curriculum and instruction delivery to the district's 50,000 students.

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