The superintendent’s race, unfiltered

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 16, 2014
Valarie Wilson, left, will face Alisha Thomas Morgan, right, in the July 22 runoff in the Democratic primary election.

Valarie Wilson, left, will face Alisha Thomas Morgan, right, in the July 22 runoff in the Democratic primary election.

Whenever investigative reporter Jim Walls starts looking into things, things get interesting.

Walls, who runs, on July 16 turned his attention to July 22 Democratic primary runoff in the race for state school superintendent. The race features Valarie Wilson, a former member of the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education, and Alisha Thomas Morgan, a state representative. dug into financial disclosures filed by both candidates and other public records. Among the more interesting revelations:

– Alisha Thomas Morgan failed to mention that she was on the payroll of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a pro-charter school group when she filed her financial disclosures in 2012.

– The website published a copy of Valarie Wilson’s affidavit from a 2012  reverse discrimination lawsuit against Fulton County, where Wilson worked as director of the Office of Aging and Department of Human Services. While Wilson’s role in the case was previously reported in 2012 by other news sources, the affidavit relays in greater detail Wilson’s account of  being told by a county commissioner that she had promoted “too many white boys.” One of the men she promoted, Doug Carl, filed the lawsuit against the county after being passed over to replace her. Wilson had recommended Carl for the job.

That’s  just a taste of what Walls found. You really should read the whole thing. To read his report about Morgan, click here. To read his report about Wilson, click here.

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  • Christine Koehler

    Good for Valarie Wilson for being willing to testify in a law suit involving racial discrimination by her former employer. I’m sure the easier and more popular thing to do would be to stay out of it.

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