By Tony Roberts Ben Christopher Jakes, a friend to youth, Founder and CEO of Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence, and former board member of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, passed away on July 3, 2015 after a long battle with cancer at the very young age of 64. I say at the “very young age” […]
In the AJC article of February 12, 2015, “New plan for failing schools,” a list of 141 “persistently failing schools” is described based on the College and Career Performance Index. Mentioned in the article is that “Two state-approved charter schools are on the list of low performers as well.” As a follow-up, Greg Bluestein posted […]
By Dr. Tony Roberts During the campaign to pass the Charter Amendment, there were predictions of doomsday for public education from all over the state if the Charter Amendment passed. Four months later, I have not seen any signs of the sky falling for district-operated schools. During the campaign, the Superintendent of Richmond County schools […]
When a charter school closes because it has failed to meet the academic goals set out in its charter, it’s disappointing, but as every charter school knows, accountability and performance are the “rules of the road.”
Dr. Michael Moore, Professor of Reading at Georgia Southern University, may need to reread HR1162 and reconsider his judgment that it is bad for teachers. First and foremost, this bill is not even about teachers. It is clearly about giving parents and students more opportunities to choose public charter schools to meet their needs.
In your report “Georgia House passes charter school measure” on February 23, several erroneous statements were made by Muscogee Schools board chair Cathy Williams. I am hopeful that these were unintentional and reflective of the fact that Muscogee School District, while having three conversion charter schools, does not have a single independent, start-up charter school.
Sen. Fort says HR1162, which calls for a constitutional amendment, is not about charter schools and is not needed. He is half-right: it is not just about charter schools, but it is actually needed for the well being of ALL our public schools. He also creates the fear that if HR1162 passes, our public schools will suffer, taxes will increase—no good will come of it.
The score in Georgia on Wednesday was 110-62, but nobody won. No, I’m not talking about a ball game, but the single most important piece of legislation (HR1162) our state has ever seen to continue the growth of high quality charter schools.
President/CEO Tony Roberts writes: The Georgia Charter Schools Association, the Colorado League of Charter School, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently completed the first in-depth study of independent “start-up” charter school facilities in Georgia. The results paint a disappointing picture.
Recently, we witnessed an appalling unfolding of how some abhor the right and responsibility of parents to choose the best educational setting for their children. Hundreds of people packed in a school auditorium and heard one of the Cherokee school board members boldly proclaim: “If you parents don’t like the education our school district is providing for your children, then you should move out of Cherokee County!”…