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APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen Speaks to the Atlanta Press Club

Thursday, 10.17.2019

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

The Commerce Club

49th Floor, 191 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303


Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D., will address the Atlanta Press Club at a Newsmaker Luncheon on Thursday, October 17.

Dr. Carstarphen has been in her role as APS Superintendent since 2014. APS recently announced that it will not renew her contract past June 30, 2020.

Since 2014, Dr. Carstarphen has increased graduation rates to an all-time high of 79.9 percent and reduced dropout rates to 5.6 percent. She leads the district’s 52,000 students, 6,000 employees and 87 schools and oversees the system’s $1 billion annual budget.

Dr. Carstarphen has nearly 20 years of education and experience in diverse, major metropolitan public school districts, including Austin, Texas; Saint Paul, Minn.; and the District of Columbia. A public school graduate, Dr. Carstarphen is from Selma, Alabama, where she began her teaching career.

Presenting Sponsor

Program Sponsor

Liz and Frank Blake


Thursday, October 17
11:30 a.m. – Registration
Noon – Lunch
12:20 p.m. – Remarks
1:15 p.m. – Adjourn


The Commerce Club
191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Dress at the Commerce Club is business attire.

The ticket price does not include parking. Parking is available in the 191 Building parking deck with entrances on Ellis Street and Peachtree Center Avenue. Discounted parking vouchers for this deck will be available for $15 at the event. Guests must bring the ticket they receive upon entering the deck to receive the discount. The Peachtree Center MARTA station is also conveniently located nearby.


The Atlanta Press Club offers sponsorship opportunities and promotion for your company with this event. Please contact Paula Hovater at or 404-625-2882 for details and benefits.


This luncheon is open to the public.

Working journalists who wish to cover this event but not partake in lunch may attend for free. Reservations are still required and can be made by calling 404-577-7377 or emailing


APC member tickets – $30
Nonmember tickets – $40

Tickets may be purchased here.


Please contact us at or 404-577-7377 to purchase a table.

Payment must accompany reservations, and there is a 48 business-hour cancellation policy.

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