State Senators Want 'Adults' to Resolve Fulton Science Academy Charter Dispute
Albers, Rogers say issuance of a charter for the Alpharetta school should be a common goal in the interest of Fulton County students.
As the Fulton County Schools System briefs media about charter schools, state Sen. John Albers and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers asked for a resolution to be found in the Fulton Science Academy Middle School charter application conflict.
“The academic achievement at Fulton Science Academy is a real success story. As a nationally recognized Blue-Ribbon school, and with the highest test scores among Fulton middle schools for an amazing four consecutive years, the students, parents and teachers should be commended and supported," the state senators said in their joint statement this afternoon.
"The issuance of a new charter for this high performing school should not be the subject of educational factions but rather a common goal for everyone who claims an interest in Fulton County students," they said.
The two men want an end to the disagreements, with a resolution found in time for the school board's meeting Tuesday night. The school board lists issues as the length of the charter requested–10 years initially compared to the school system's three years–and problems with what it terms a blanket waiver of Title 20 requirements. Those include teacher and professional staff certification rules.
Some local residents complain about ties Fulton Science Academy appears to have with Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources. A look at board members shows some governing board members for Fulton Science Academy have been Grace Institute board members. (Editor's Note: Accessing this link requires a free registration on Guidestar.org.)
"We urge the interested parties to commit to finding a resolution in the next 24 hours. The future of our children is at stake. When the community considers the success of this school, we should all demand the disagreement between adults come to an end and a solution for the students be implemented,” they said.
Patch will continue to post updates on the Fulton Science Academy charter application status.