Gay for­mer teacher run­ning for At­lanta School Board

GA Voice - - Georgianews -

Charlie Stadt­lander, a for­mer teacher, busi­ness owner and LGBT ad­vo­cate wants to rep­re­sent Dis­trict 3 for the At­lanta Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. Stadt­lander ran for the seat in 2009 and lost by a nar­row mar­gin.

He an­nounced a plat­form of six is­sues: re­duc­ing prop­erty taxes, fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, bul­ly­ing aware­ness, ac­count­abil­ity, qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and stu­dent sup­port.

“We have a moral obli­ga­tion to pro­vide a world-class At­lanta ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, while en­sur­ing that tax­payer dol­lars are spent wisely,” Stadt­lander said in a news re­lease. “Only then will we be able to pro­vide the high qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and wel­com­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that all stu­dents de­serve.”

Stadt­lander made news in 2012 af­ter he formed tasks forces of LGBT ac­tivists to dis­cuss the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion at the now-de­funct YouthPride or­ga­ni­za­tion, which was later re­placed by JustUsATL. He also was the per­son to start a Face­book page aimed at At­lanta Mayor Kasim Reed af­ter Pres­i­dent Obama an­nounced his sup­port of gay mar­riage: “Mayor Reed, It’s Time to Evolve on Mar­riage Equal­ity.”

City of At­lanta: Rain­bow cross­walks cost $196,000

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fice of At­lanta Mayor Kasim Reed, the cost of the pub­licly funded rain­bow side­walks now in Mid­town was ap­prox­i­mately $196,000. (File photo)

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