by Georgia Charter Schools Association
Due to Good Friday, Passover and Easter holidays, this is belated news roundup covering March 28-April 3rd. As March turns into April, opinions on all sides of the proposed School Turnaround plan show up in the news. Augusta’s first charter school secures a site to build, there is excitement around the state over Foothills Charter School, an alternative high school option, and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Middle School students win TAGEd robotics competition.
- New Foothills Charter School, a high school dropout recovery option in Madison County, announces its August 2015 opening.
- Floyd County College and Career Academy, one of the state’s first CCA’s gets good press; Floyd County school district also announces it intends to renew its charter status.
- Long standing state desegregation order still stands in the way of the opening of Peach-Byron charter high school
- Proposed Columbia County charter school announces that it has secured land to build.
- Op Ed columnist Tom Crawford blasts the Governor’s plan for Opportunity School Districts in many newspapers around the state, contends it gives the Governor too much power.
- In Savannah area, Coastal Courier columnist gives a balanced view on proposed school turnaround plan.
- AJC Get Schooled continues to fire away at the OSD using critical surrogates; Celeste Lay from Tulane University, calls OSD a model of “what not to do,”; runs a piece by academics that cites how market-based education reform has worked in Chile, and offers Glenn Delk’s assessment that the status quo must be disrupted for education reform to take hold.
- Atlanta Neighborhood Charter Middle schoolers take 1st place in TAGEd robotics competition
- Cherokee Charter Academy is not harmed by drop in student enrollment, gets unanticipated revenue
- Georgia’s plan to use chartering to expand educational options for inmates is praised by legal community