Atlanta Public Schools has released its new five-year strategic plan and legislative priorities for 2015.

“With a caring culture of trust and collaboration, every APS student will graduate ready for college and careers,” said Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen in a press release. “That is our mission. It is what we do every day. The board has approved a strategic plan that enables us to get laser-focused on that mission by prioritizing around a set of four strategic objectives: Academic Programs, Talent Strategy, Systems and Resources, and Culture.”

APS also issued its legislative priorities for the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Dr. Carstarphen met with members of the Atlanta area delegation to convey the district’s legislative priorities and entertain questions during a reception in December.

The district’s 2015 legislative priorities are to prioritize early childhood education to provide aligned, quality programs to all students; to provide adequate, stable education funding; to ensure that student data may be used for education purposes only; to eliminate “zero tolerance” laws that dictate mandatory consequences to give districts flexibility in handling student disciplinary matters; and to support the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.