Weekly Charter News Roundup Feb. 11 – Feb. 26

Students at Peachtree Charter Middle School in Dunwoody have turned a school garden into a community outreach project that helps those in need.

  • Foothills Education Charter High School (FECHS) completed its first semester of operation at its newest location, the Baldwin College and Career Academy.

  • Furlow Charter School in Americus has a long waiting list of students who wish to enroll in the school. 
  • UGA and other schools look to sign Hapeville Charter cornerback William Poole.
  • The Sandy Springs Education Force will host its sixth annual STEAM showcase at North Springs Charter School
  • State and local officials approve Macon Charter Academy’s plan to enter into a contract with Prestige Charter School Solutions.
  • Latin Academy board members are considering whether to close the school following alleged financial mismanagement of the school’s founder.     
  • The board for Latin Academy has approved a 30-day delay on the vote to potentially close the school.
  • Latin Academy parents have started a fundraising effort to try and prevent the charter school from closing.
  • WMAZ in Macon looks at what separates successful charter schools from those that fail.
  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution examines whether a turnaround plan for several struggling schools in the Atlanta Public School District will work. 
  • The Associated Press  reports charter school backers are asking for charter schools to be exempt from placement in the Opportunity School District, a statewide takeover district proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal. Charter supporters say charter schools already face closure if they don’t live up to their contracts with local or state authorizers. Angela Palm with the Georgia School Boards Association says they are public schools and should not be exempt if voters approve the Opportunity School District.
  • Brookhaven Innovation Academy is accepting online applications for its upcoming lottery.
  • Congressman Hank Johnson gives his thoughts on charter schools and the Opportunity School District.

Weekly Charter News Roundup: Jan. 25 – Feb. 10

Georgia’s ranking for state charter laws has improved. According to the National Alliance of Charter Schools’ 2016 ranking of state charter laws, Georgia moved up five spots from 23 to 18 to because state lawmakers approved regulations to strengthen authorizer accountability, charter school autonomy and the processes for monitoring charter schools.

  • Georgia added 11 new charter schools this year. In addition, charter schools throughout the state enrolled an additional 7,000 students.
  • The first state chartered school in Fayette County will open its doors for the 2016-2017 school year. Liberty Tech will be housed in the former Brooks Elementary School.

  • Parents at Peachtree Charter Middle School have voted to renew the school’s charter.

  • Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, has laid out more detailed plans for turning around a number of the city’s struggling schools. The plans include closing one school, merging another four and hiring charter school groups to manage five others.

  • Members of a panel that spoke during the 2016 Georgia Charter Schools Conference say, if approved by state lawmakers next year, the recent recommendations from the Education Reform Commission would benefit charter and traditional schools in the state. 

  • The Heartland Institute says recommendations made by the Education Reform Commission could lead to more equitable funding for charter schools if approved by state lawmakers next year.

  • Entertainer and actor Ludacris spoke during a rally held at the Georgia Capitol during National School Choice Week.

  • Benita Dodd with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation wrote an opinion piece for the Columbia County News-Times during National School Choice Week. She says Georgia’s education system has seen improvements in recent years due to school choice, but there’s still room for improvement.

  • The governing board for Elite Scholars Academy, one of the best performing schools in Clayton County, has announced it will not seek a charter renewal. Clayton County officials plan to operate Elite Scholars Academy as a traditional school.

  • The Alliance Academy for Innovation of Cumming-Forsyth County Inc. has switched from a charter school to a traditional school. The school system made the change after becoming an IE2 district.

  • The Washington D.C. based Brookings Institution gave the DeKalb County School System a D for educational choice and competition in its annual Education Choice and Competition index.

  • The governing board for Macon Charter Academy has approved a contract with Prestige Charter School Solutions.

Weekly Charter News Roundup: Nov. 2 – Nov. 11

High School graduation rates are increasing throughout Georgia, including at a number of charter schools in Fulton County.

  • Hapeville Charter Career Academy had one of the highest graduation rates for Fulton County high schools.

  • Last week, the Birmingham Board of Education paid a visit to Atlanta to learn about public charter schools in Georgia.

  • The Baldwin Board of Education is getting its petition to become a charter system ready and plans to vote on the petition during its December board meeting.

  • The Clarke County School District could send in its application to become a charter school district as early as next month.

  • AJC opinion writer Maureen Downey writes about whether parents should devote their time to fix struggling neighborhood schools or seek charter alternatives.

  • Police are investigating money that allegedly went missing from Fulton County’s Latin Grammar School and Latin College Preparatory School.

  • A number of former Ivy Preparatory Academy students recently began classes in the DeKalb County School System.

  • A new National Alliance for Public Charter Schools report finds the number of U.S. students enrolled in charter schools is growing. The report says Hall County, Georgia is one of the communities with the highest percentages of students enrolled in a public charter school. The Atlanta Public School District ranks in the top 50 for the number of students attending a charter school.

  • The Savannah Morning News reports that some Savannah-Chatham County Public School Board members have softened their stance on proposed cuts to bus service for charter and specialty schools.