by Georgia Charter Schools Association
This week’s top stories: Governor Deal’s technology grants to GA public schools explicitly include charter schools, Casey Cagle expresses support for charter career academies, and Richmond County’s first charter school offers a statewide attendance zone, prompting discussion about school choice.
- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, speaking at graduation ceremonies at Albany Technical College, expresses his support for charter career academies and says one is needed in Dougherty County.
- Macon Telegraph runs Op Ed by Center for Education Reform’s Kara Kerwin, speaking to the national demand for charter schools.
- AJC notes the participation of charter advocates on Governor’s Education Reform Commission subcommittee on school choice. Amana Academy school leader Ehab Jaleel is quoted.
- Positive story on opening of Macon Charter Academy
- Dual language program at Unidos charter school in Clayton County covered in a long and positive feature story.
- Press release on Governor’s technology grants gets wide coverage both in and out of state. Charter schools explicitly mentioned as recipients of these funds.
- AJC story discusses school flexibility options, notes that charter system status is not the most popular choice.
- Walter Jones syndicated story says that Georgia’s state commission charter schools have lackluster results. Story runs in Augusta, Jacksonville.
- Misleading headline about charters taking money away from districts belies a compelling pro-charter story about parents “voting with their feet” to choose Richmond County’s first charter school, a Commission charter with a statewide attendance zone.
- GPB story looks at charter school growth in Georgia, documents strong upward 9 year history of charter enrollment.
- On CharterConfidential, a love letter from an Amana Academy student to his alma-mater. He’s bound for Harvard.
- Atlanta mentioned in National Alliance report as one of 10 U.S. cities which cannot meet parental demand for charter schools.