In a surprise announcement, the Atlanta School Board decided not to renew the contract of it controversial Superintendent Méria Carstarphen.

She supports the transformation of the city’s schools into a portfolio district with many charters. It appeared that she had a supportive board because of leadership drawn from TFA.

She served previously in Austin but lost the board majority when voters turned against charter expansion. She has served in Atlanta since 2014.

The Atlanta school board will not renew the contract of Superintendent Meria Carstarphen.

School board Chairman Jason Esteves said the board notified Carstarphen in July that there was not support for a renewal, but waited until now to announce it publicly so as not to disrupt the start of school.

The board did not release the vote count.

We will learn more later about this unexpected decision.