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Ms. Lachandra D. Butler-Burks
District 5

"A Voice For OUR Children"

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, LaChandra Butler Burks’ passion for children and commitment to education has been evident all of her adult life. As a product of Atlanta Public Schools, she considers it an honor to now serve as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education because it allows her to fight daily to have quality, public education for the children of a city she dearly loves. It is her strong belief that everyone must be involved in making sure that children are whole and well.

On November 8, 2005, the residents of Atlanta elected LaChandra out of six candidates with 58% of the votes as the Atlanta Board of Education District 5 Representative. A graduate of L.P. Miles Elementary School and C.L. Harper High School with a Bachelors Degree from State University of West Georgia, (formerly West Georgia College) and a Masters of Business Administration, Burks received most of her political experience from having worked under the leadership of three Atlanta mayors for 13 years.

On the Atlanta Board of Education, LaChandra serves as Chair of the Board and previously held the position of Chair of the APS Budget Commission where she was responsible for facilitating her colleagues in setting and overseeing the school system’s $645 million general fund operating budget. The approval of the budget led to maintaining the school system’s elementary school reforms, high school transformation and the start-up of two single-gender academies (The B.E.S.T. at Benjamin S. Carson and Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy). APS continues to receive national media coverage and has received numerous honors for the systemic academic gains demonstrated as a result of these non-traditional urban school initiatives.

In addition to her work as Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education, LaChandra serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Development Authority, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Homeless Opportunity Fund and The Atlanta Education Fund.

Burks is the Deputy Director for the Atlanta Office of Enterprise Community Partners, a national non-profit organization that works strategically to see that all people have the opportunity for fit and affordable housing. Enterprise Atlanta has invested more than $150 million to help seven community-based organizations produce more than 5,000 affordable homes. Enterprise also works to forge partnerships that address a broad array of community development issues including education, community safety, economic development, employment and resident empowerment.

As an active member of Elizabeth Baptist Church, LaChandra led the efforts to start their accredited, quality early childhood program (Indelible Impressions Learning Center) and private Christian Academy (Legacy Christian Academy). She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

LaChandra is married to Anthony J. Burks and has a step daughter.

Mr. Emmet Johnson
At-Large Seat 9

Mr. Johnson has proven that he is a person dedicated to making a positive difference. He is committed to serving the need of our youth. He is knowledgeable about educational issues. As a member of the Atlanta Board of Education, Mr. Johnson:


Received the 2009 Richard A Green Award- The Richard R. Green Award the nation’s highest honor for urban education leadership, at the Council of the Great City Schools 2009 Fall conference. The Council represents 66 of the largest urban school districts in the nation, educating 7.1 million students. The Green Award is named in honor of the first African-American chancellor of the New York City school system, who had also headed Minneapolis Public Schools. As the recipient of the Richard Green Award, Johnson received a $10,000 college scholarship to present to a high school senior of his choice in the Atlanta Public Schools or from his high school alma mater.


      •Served as Vice-Chair of the Board (2006-2008)

      •Has been appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Master Teacher & Academic Coach   
        Implementation Committee (July 2005)

      •Served as Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education (2003)

      •Chaired the Community Support for School Reform and Innovations Ad Hoc Committee (Year

      •Chaired the Board Development/Board Retreat Task Force (Year 2002)

      •Serves on the Facilities Master Plan Oversight Commission and the Parent and Family 
        Involvement Task Force
      •Is a member of the 2001 Georgia School Boards Association Governmental Operations
      •Is a member of the Georgia School Boards Association Nominating Committee for the
        selection of the Association's President, President Elect, and Treasurer (2000 - 2001)

      •Serves as delegate to the Georgia School Boards Association (2001)

      •Serves as a representative to Metro RESA (2001)

Through his work with PTAs, community groups and various task forces of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS), Mr. Johnson has listened to the concerns of principals, teachers, parents, students, and constituents. He has worked to solve problems and strengthen lines of communication on behalf of our students and teachers.


      •PTA officer for 16 years

      •Past Chairman of the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency's (MetroRESA) Board of

      •Past President of the Atlanta Council of PTAs

      •Past President of Douglass High School PTSA

      •Past President of Collier Heights Elementary School PTA

      •Coach of Little League Baseball for 14 years

      •Served as Larchmont/Kildare Community Club Treasurer

      •Served on the Advisory Board of Cascade Youth Organization

      •Chaired the Education Committee of the Douglass High Cluster of the Atlanta Project

      •Member of the Steering Committee of the Douglass High Cluster

      •Served on the Youth & Educational Advisory Committee for the 1996 Paralympic Games

      •Co-chaired the Election Coalition for Atlanta Neighborhoods


Additionally, Mr. Johnson serves (or has served) on several committees that have significant implications for the future of our youth in the Atlanta Public Schools:


      •Advisory Committee on AIDS and Sex Education for APS

      •Athletic Advisory Committee of APS

      •Board of Directors for the Norman H. Thomas Scholarship Fund

      •APPLE Corps Advisory Board

      •Good Government Atlanta Committee for Education/Schools

      •Advisory Board of the School/Church Collaborative of APS

      •Systemwide Task Force on Violence Reduction in APS

      •Dwight Jones' Southside Healthcare Medical Terminology Spelling Bee Advisory Board


Mr. Johnson knows the value of a strong family life and good education. Married for 33 years to Gwendolyn Miller Johnson, he is the father of two Atlanta Public Schools graduates. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a Master of Science Degree in Urban Law and Criminal Justice. Employed with the State of Georgia for 31 years, retiring as the Program Director in the Office of Legal Services for the Department of Medical Assistance, Mr. Johnson has mastered the technique of research, investigations, evaluation, negotiation and planning; skills which are needed by members of the Board of Education.