The AJC is reporting that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has rescinded a job offer to Aliya Bhatia, who was set to become the City of Atlanta’s first-ever Chief Education Officer. No reason was given by the mayor or city officials.

The cabinet-level position of Chief Education Officer was designed to act as a liaison with Atlanta Public Schools to improve access to education and vocational training for students.

A native of metro Atlanta, Bhatia started her career as a teacher with Teach for America and later joined the Boston Consulting Group as an associate and consultant. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, during which time she focused on issues including workforce development and worked on projects for both the City of Atlanta Department of Performance and Innovation and Enterprise Community Partners Southeast.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.