by Georgia Charter Schools Association
Another week of legislative debate over the proposed Opportunity School District school turnaround plan culminates in a visit by Governor Jeb Bush and rap star Ludacris to the Georgia statehouse, in support of school choice, charters, and the OSD. School Climate ratings released by DOE this week as well, prompting a strong post on its shortcomings from a rural school Superintendent, on CharterConfidential. Lake Oconee Academy’s appeal for release of state bonds for facilities expansion is denied in GA State Supreme Court.
- More districts choose their school flexibility models; these three choose the IE2 option; Richmond County, Bibb County, Fayette County.
- Cobb BOE continues to review new dual language charter school proposal
- Lake Oconee Academy’s court appeal for release of state bonds for facilities expansion is denied in GA State Supreme Court. Also covered in GCSA weekly newsletter
- Debate and opinions on proposed OSD: Heartland Institute gives thumbs up, AJC letter writer says no; AJC’s Maureen Downey, covering legislative debate gives two sides of the story;
- CharterConfidential blogger Kylie Holley, looks at what the state’s new School Climate ratings can miss when assessing charters
- Peach County continues to wrestle with Justice Dept. challenge to the opening of Peach Byron HS, based on state segregation statues
- Macon Charter Academy releases study showing favorable community impact with expansion of school choice options in Bibb County
- The Jeb Bush/Ludacris visit to the Gold Dome gets lots of coverage, strong support for OSD and charters.
- Following a lottery which will return students and dollars to Sumter County schools, board chair of new Furlow Charter School writes about the changes this public school option is already bringing to Americus, GA
- Education legislation still “alive” after Crossover Day is reviewed