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GAE’S PRESIDENT CHAPMAN 10 | KNOW • Volume 12 Issue 3 COVER STORY By Carolyn Crist SETS SIGHTS ON GOALS FOR NEXT TWO YEARS Sidney “Sid” Lanier Chapman still remembers attending Clayton County school board meetings until 1 a.m. and waking up again a few hours later to start another school day. As president of the Clayton County Education Association for 12 years and full-time release president for 11, he saw some of the county’s toughest education days in recent years — twice losing accreditation, twice undergoing probation and churning through five superintendents and four interim superin-tendents. Though the board of education was embroiled in turmoil for years, Chapman stuck by the teachers, even facing threats of retaliation and pressure to back down on several occasions. “THESE WERE MY COLLEAGUES,” SAYS CHAPMAN, WHO TAUGHT SOCIAL STUDIES AT MORROW HIGH SCHOOL BETWEEN 1996 AND 2003. “I KNEW THE CHILDREN AND TAUGHT SO MANY OF THEM.”


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