by Georgia Charter Schools Association
This week’s top charter story heralds a new study out of Georgia State University that conclusively shows an average 10% increase in home values in neighborhoods that are in priority charter school admission zones. Also breaking at week’s end, SCSC approval for proposed Brookhaven Innovation Academy.
- Myra Blackmon’s Op Ed in Athens Banner Herald rants about Erin Hames appointment as a consultant to APS on school turnaround
- Also out of Athens, announcement of changes in school status as Clarke County moves to become a charter system
- AJC Get Schools runs two Opinion pieces on school choice and school turnaround; one from Erin Hames, one from Glenn Delk
- Americus Times Recorder editorial supports school district equipment funding for new Furlow Charter School, urges Sumter BOE to give the school a chance to succeed.
- GA Center for Opportunity video movingly highlights benefits of charter and choice from a mother’s point of view.
- Good press for Foothills Charter HS
- Benefits of blended learning in a charter setting touted in a tech publication
- AJC Get Schooled breaks the story on rising home values in charter school neighborhoods; Ty Tagami does a news feature on the fact that parents will pay for access to charter options. WABE follows with its own story on the GSU study. CharterConfidential weighs in. Midtown Patch.com also covers the story.
- Read the GSU study “Willing to Pay”
- Early in the week, Brookhaven Innovation Academy submits a response to State Charter Schools Commission’s concerns over their petition; By week’s end, SCSC recommends approval. AJC takes note.
- Strong Op Ed from GA Public Policy Institute’s Benita Dodd on the lack of coordination and cooperation between public charters and traditional district schools regarding extracurricular activities.
- GCSA free screening of education documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, at Clayton State University, gets strong pickup
- Disappointing news for Augusta petitioners from the SCSC regarding proposed Columbia County School for the Arts