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Business Over Breakfast: The Atlanta Public Schools Cheating Investigation

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Bryan Cave’s Atlanta office will host a Business Over Breakfast event focused on the Atlanta Public Schools cheating investigation.  The results of a state investigation into an alleged culture of test score manipulation by teachers in the district were released in July of 2011 and have attracted national attention.  Prior to the July release of the state’s findings, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) placed the system’s high schools on accreditary probation based on alleged governance and leadership deficiencies.

As one of the state’s largest school systems works to preserve its accreditation, join Bryan Cave for a panel discussion on the future of the district and the impact of the cheating investigation on students, education, and business.  WABE 90.1 FM’s Rose Scott will moderate, and panelists will include Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dr. Thomas Smith of Emory’s Goizueta Business School, and Representative Kathy Ashe of the Georgia House of Representatives.  Breakfast and registration begins at 7:30 am, with the panel scheduled to speak from 8:15 through 9:15am.

More information is available online, and you can register online as well.

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The Future of the World's Busiest Airport

Accommodating more than 150 takeoffs and landings an hour and 80 million passengers a year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a global economic engine and a centerpiece of business in the Southeastern U.S.  In 2009 the airport generated direct business revenue – sales to airlines and service companies directly dependent on the airport – of $32.5 billion and is Georgia’s largest employer.  On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, the man in charge of this facility, General Manager Louis E. Miller, will speak at a Business Over Breakfast event hosted by Bryan Cave’s Atlanta office.  The breakfast begins at 7:30 am, and registration is available online.

Mr. Miller assumed the Hartsfield-Jackson GM position in 2010 and previously managed Tampa International Airport in Florida.  Chief among his immediate duties is overseeing completion of Hartsfield-Jackson’s new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, scheduled to open in 2012.  This million-square foot, 12-gate terminal will connect to the airport’s existing 28-gate international terminal in a plan to meet an annual international passenger volume the FAA projects to reach 13 million by 2015.

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