by Georgia Charter Schools Association
This week Governor Nathan Deal signed the Opportunity School District legislation into law, along with pro-charter legislation inspired by the delayed opening of Utopian Charter Academy due to local bureaucratic harassment. A new state poll out of Georgia College, shows strong support for charter schools. News also included some interesting Op Eds and letters on the OSD, plus an opportunity for Ivy Preparatory Academies to expand their attendance zone.
- State of the State poll by Georgia College in Millidegeville shows strong support in Georgia for charter schools
- Associated Press reporting of Governor Deal’s signing the OSD legislation is positive and gets wide pickup across the southeast, and out of the region.
- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology, a district startup, is lauded by AJC for student achievement, and by Gwinnett Daily Post
- DeKalb School Watch blog assesses the district’s track record of support and approval for conversion charter schools
- Local reporting on Deal’s signing of Utopian Charter Academy legislation
- AJC Political reporter Greg Bluestein reports on the signing of the OSD legislation and the next phase — passing a constitutional amendment
- Greg Bluestein also covers the Governor’s commitment to offering charter education options to Georgia prisoners
- AJC’s Maureen Downey reports on the OSD signing with a focus on local appearances by Michelle Rhee and CNN’s Roland Martin, both of whom support the legislation.
- Ivy Preparatory Academies receive permission to expand their attendance zones to increase enrollment
- Richmond County chooses IE2 flexibility option
- Teacher’s College reports on its alum, Artesius Miller, who leads Utopian Charter Academy, and the pro-charter legislation his school inspired
- Critical letter to the editor in Cherokee Ledger News on the OSD legislation
- Marietta Times runs a positive Op Ed on the OSD by Bryan Walker, and later in the week, by Don McKee
- North Springs Charter HS makes state’s “most challenging high schools” list
- Reporting on Dougherty’s Superintendent’s efforts to improve student performance includes support for OSD
- Ken Zeff named interim superintendent in Fulton County (state’s largest charter district), as Robert Avossa accepts position in Palm Springs, FL,