Statement from Dr. Trotter:
I don’t remember saying he was “rotten to the core,” but I certainly do believe that the Heatley superintendency is rotten and was also rotten in Chino Valley, California before he came to Georgia – and I so stated this in the print media and the electronic media even back in 2009 before and shortly after the Clayton County Board of Education hired him. But, the clamoring for change has been getting louder and louder lately. One teacher kept texting me on a recent Sunday afternoon, imploring me to get involved. He wrote: “You’re the only person who can get rid of him!” I guess I have richly earned my reputation of helping to get rid of superintendents! Ha! In Clayton County in the old days, we would actually sit down and plan bloodless political coups, so to speak. But I moved out of Clayton County three years ago.
We at MACE are still getting credit now for helping to bring down DeKalb’s Crawford Lewis and Atlanta’s Beverly Hall. (I will admit now that an investigator with the F. B. I. – or perhaps it was the G. B. I. – called me back when Lewis was being investigated and before his indictment.) I had named Hall and Lewis three or four years ago, along with SACS’s Mark Elgart, as “the three biggest educational hypocrites in Georgia.” MACE was the first group in Georgia to speak out publicly on “systematic cheating” (before it was popular to talk about – back when people like Beverly Hall were the darlings of the media) and to denounce SACS’s capricious and arbitrary application of its so-called standards.
It’s been a whirlwind against Heatley in the media the last couple of weeks. I was contacted by three different media outlets, asking about my opinion on the actions of Edmond Heatley. I was on FOX-5 TV last week concerning Heatley and nepotism. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted me earlier this week about my opinion that the failure to pay the Clayton County teachers for their advanced degrees was a violation of contract law. Yesterday, the Clayton News/Daily has me calling Edmond Heatley as “a thug and bully” and “rotten to the core.” Hmm. I really don’t remember saying these things, but in my opinion, Heatley is an educational thug and bully. What say ye?