In positive charter news this week, KIPP STRIVE Academy in Atlanta has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school is one of only nine in Georgia to receive the honor.
Governor and wife visit charters as the new year begins with great news!
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 […]
Two surprise announcements lead the news this week: 1) that former State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan will become the head of Ivy Preparatory Academies, 2) that Erin Hames, an architect of Governor Deal’s Opportunity School District proposal, will become an advisor to Atlanta Public Schools on school turnaround. In addition, several new charter school openings […]
Back to school news is front and center as Georgia’s charter schools prepare to welcome students for the 2015-16 year. Opening of the new THINc Charter Career Academy is heralded in LaGrange Daily News, and in national business publication Petitioners for proposed Brookhaven Innovation Academy go before the SCSC for a second time and are asked […]
[This report covers three weeks of news stories.] In the quiet of summer, July ends with a somewhat negative bang as the AJC takes aim at charter schools, Richmond County charters appear on the state’s low performing list, and Macon Charter Academy experiences a facilities setback that could derail its opening days. Charter advocate […]
This is a 3 week news roundup. Here are the stories you should be paying attention to: Urban Land Institute runs lengthy feature story on Drew Charter School and its vision of community redevelopment, centered on education and recreation. Tom Cousins also reflects on the Drew Charter School redevelopment plan in an article in Georgia […]
This is a 2-week charter news roundup. Georgia school districts race to meet June deadline as they continue to consider and vote on their flexibility options; Clarke County, Muscogee County, Savannah-Chatham. Announcement of New Schools for Georgia Charter Incubator’s first cohort on CharterConfidential.com, and in social media gets wide exposure and generates strong interest. AJC […]
Districts are still choosing flexibility options; analysts say Atlanta cheating scandal upped the demand for charter schools; and rural school advocate cites innovation in Dalton, GA, a charter district. Getting national coverage this week, effects of the Atlanta cheating scandal on students also shows a boost for charter school enrollment. While lawmakers kill legislation on […]
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 […]
Quiet week. Highlights include Mike Klein’s story about Westside Atlanta Charter School, Casey Cagle’s support for charter systems and college and career academies. More school districts make decisions on school flexibility options: Colquitt chooses charter system. Bryan Co. chooses IE2. Baldwin still deciding. Valdosta City also in discussion. Lt. Governor Cagle gives a speech in […]
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 […]