Thursday, October 11, 2012
A lawsuit filed against Fulton County Schools was dismissed.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit against Fulton County Schools that claimed the district was using public funds to campaign against the state charter schools amendment. Judge Wendy Shoob agreed with the school district's contention that its web page devoted to the amendment was purely information as an FAQ, reported Christopher King of CBSAtlanta.com. Five plaintiffs brought the suit this week and sought an injunction against Fulton and Gwinnett Count's school districts.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Ember Reichgott Junge was discussed by Elizabeth Hooper in her recent blogs, and now he offers his own opinion.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
As the Democratic lead author of the first charter school law in the nation, I am pleased to be in Georgia this week to support Georgia charter legislation and the constitutional amendment on the November ballot! Passage of this amendment by the people of Georgia will allow Georgia to catch up with most of the other 40 states and District of Columbia in ensuring that your charter law allows the public school choices that Georgia students, parents and teachers deserve. While every state’s law is different, there is one fundamental component of every law that allows choices to flourish—the inclusion of an alternate authorizer or appeals process that doesn’t disadvantage the chartered school. Your support of the constitutional amendment …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
It "has major concerns with the ... impact it will have on Georgia’s 1.67 million public school students," according to a statement from the group.
Under pressure from its national organization to rescind its opposition to a controversial amendment that could restore the state's authority to approve and fund charter schools, the Georgia Parent Teacher Association reaffirmed its stance. "We cannot support this constitutional amendment which will create an inequity in funding, siphon funds from local public schools where the great majority of the students in Georgia receive their education and deny parents meaningful engagement," the group said in a statement released late Friday. "Georgia PTA strongly opposes this constitutional amendment." In July, the state chapter made its position clear: Vote no when you go to the polls in November. While the Georgia PTA supports charter schools …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The National Parent Teacher Association wants the Georgia chapter to remain neutral in the state's charter school debate.
With nearly two months to go before Georgians vote on a controversial amendment that could restore the state's authority to approve and fund charter schools, the Georgia PTA is under pressure from its parent organization to rescind its opposition to the measure. Last month, the state chapter made its position clear: Vote no when you go to the polls in November. While the Georgia PTA supports charter schools approved by local school boards, "we reject the state power grab from local communities in the education of their children, the financial inequities, and the overt attention being given to those who intend to profit from the education of children," Sally FitzGerald, the group's educational policy specialist, wrote in the July 1 position…
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This intensive, one-afternoon workshop helps groups develop quality charter petitions and how to set up governing boards.
So you want to launch a charter school but just aren't sure how to do it. Not to worry, the Georgia Charter Schools Association will soon present Charter Development 101, a workshop for individuals or groups interested in starting a charter school. The workshop will be held on Friday, July 27, from 1-5 p.m. at 600 West Peachtree Street, Suite 1555, Atlanta, in the 12th floor training room. The session will be taught by Elisa Falco, GCSA’s Director of Education & Training, and a former charter school principal. "We certainly will discuss what some of the challenges are in some of the communities and even in Georgia right now," Falco said. She wants to reach groups starting out who don't know how to do outreach or the researched needed for …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Fulton charter school issued a press release that promises a full response after its governing board has time to study the document.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School's principal, Kenan Sener, issued a press release on behalf of the school saying a recent audit by the Fulton School System was full of inaccuracies. Click here for Fulton County School's full audit and financial report. "Needless to say, FSA is distressed by the School System’s consultant’s incomplete and inaccurate report. We do intend to provide a more formal response to the School System, after we have had a chance to review and analyze the report in more detail," the release states. "We intend to provide a more formal response to the School System on the major issues in the near future," the release also states. The school is now working on converting to a private, preK-8th grade school once its …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The failure of Fulton Science Academy Middle School to get a state charter led to the latest drop to a 'C' rating.
Fitch Ratings again has downgraded the rating on the $18.9 million in bonds for Fulton Science Academy to "CC" from "B," according to BusinessWire. Fulton Science Academy Middle School's failure to get either a charter renewal from Fulton County or a state charter led to the downgrade of the Development Authority of Alpharetta educational facilities revenue bonds. Fitch said in the release that lack of management cooperation left it unable to determine if the middle school's proposed conversion to a private school was feasible, and its possible effects on the Fulton Sunshine Academy and Fulton Science Academy High School. All three schools are obligated for the bonds. Fitch won't be issuing analysis or further ratings because Fulton …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Board members criticize the school's Governing Board and management over noncompliance, bond issues.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School lost its appeal to the state Board of Education for a charter this morning, so the school will be closed in July. The school's charter through Fulton County Schools expires June 30. Angela Lasseter, a representative of the school's Governing Board asked the state board to wait 30 days to make their decision so all the information could be heard and documents read. "It impacts so many of our parents, including me. "Hearing both sides and all of the documentation is critical to making an informed objective opinion," she said. But the board members said Department of Education staff have been working with the school's administration for months, ever since the December 2011 charter renewal application …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Speakers show the positives of charter schools at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roswell on Tuesday night.
Speakers at an education forum on Tuesday night at the DoubleTree Hotel in Roswell suggested that a healthy system of charter schools would improve the quality of all Georgia schools through competition. “Maybe 10 percent [of students] will attend a public charter school outside of a home [districted] school,” said State Rep. Jan Jones, Speaker Pro-Tempore. “What it does is it makes all schools better, because there is an option. I mean McDonald’s is better because there is Burger King. Coca-Cola is better because there is a Pepsi.” Jones, R-Milton, cited statistics to show the system needs change. Twenty percent of Georgia high schools have a graduation rate below 50 percent, she said. The panel of speakers - composed of Jones, State Sen…
The Georgia Department of Education said Fulton Science Academy Middle School was strong on academics, but weak on everything else required.
Fulton Science Academy Middle School's state charter application got a recommendation for denial from the Ga. Department of Education. The school "fails to meet the standard for a high-quality charter school due to governance, financial, and accountability issues and thus does not merit a state chartered special school charter," a summary of the recommendation states. Lou Erste, director of the department's charter schools division, said the school's attorney asked if they could submit a response to this recommendation. What do you think of the state's recommendation? Tell us in the comments below. The state school board will be given the school's charter petition and the department's recommendation for denial at its May 10 meeting. A …