ATLANTA – Atlanta's city public school system wants to sue the city over what school leaders say is a broken promise.


Atlanta Public Schools leaders say the city owes the district $19 million stemming from a contract the two groups made years ago regarding the Atlanta Beltline funding.

City Council President Ceasar Mitchell likened the fight to Kramer vs. Kramer: two parents fighting each other when they share the same goal.

"It's my hope that we can have the very best public school system in the nation. That will not happen if we go in opposite directions," Mitchell said. "We've got to get to a point where we can discuss, what I would call, a global solution. And we've got to do that right, and we've got to do it right now."

Mitchell says the council will be briefed by Beltline officials on Monday, and from there, they'll reach out to Atlanta school leaders to start "meaningful dialogue" to resolve the problem.