The local NAACP president has officially voiced his dissatisfaction with the Danville High School principal hiring process and believes a Danville native should have been interviewed for the recently filled position.
Norman Bartleson, president of the Danville NAACP, sent a letter to Danville Board of Education and The Advocate-Messenger on Tuesday.
In it, he says 1987 Danville High School graduate Dr. Marcus Stallworth should have received an interview for the position. Regarding Stallworth, he wrote, “Danville, ‘The City of Firsts,’ has yet again allowed a stellar African-American candidate to slip through her fingers.”
The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution paint a different picture and claim Stallworth was a key player in the biggest standardized test cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools history.
Stallworth was principal at Fain Elementary School in Atlanta when in 2009 state investigators noticed that 40 percent of the classrooms at the school returned standardized testing forms with an unusually high number of erasures, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.