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: October 2 – October 10

A metro Atlanta charter school will receive a large grant from a state agency.

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has selected Drew Charter School as a recipient of a $700,000 “Fiscal Year 2016 Innovation Fund Grant Award.”

  • Several school districts throughout Georgia are deciding whether or not to become a charter system.

    The DeKalb County Board of Education held two hearings as it considers whether to submit a charter system petition to the Georgia Board of Education.

    The Dougherty County School System also conducted several hearings on the potential move to a charter system. 

  • In the meantime, the Morgan County School System is working to renew its charter system status with the state. 

  • Ivy Preparatory Academy will stop offering high school classes at its three campuses. 

    A longtime Ivy Preparatory supporter wrote an opinion piece in the Atlanta Journal Constitution in opposition to the decision.

    Ivy Prep and the Georgia Charter Schools Association weighed in on the changes.

  • After being placed on immediate probation by the state, Macon Charter Academy has submitted a corrective plan of action to the Georgia Board of Education.

    The Telegraph says the school’s fate could be decided as early as this week.

  • KIPP STRIVE Primary School gets a new playground.

  • Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools is considering a bus plan that would provide up to 10 bus stops for charter school students.

  •  Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen says the district could bring in charter school operators for several underperforming schools. If voters approve Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District plan next year, the schools are at risk of being placed in a statewide school district that seeks to turnaround struggling schools.

Weekly Charter News Roundup: August 8-14, 2015

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 get strong coverage around the state. AJC covers school choice from a “scarcity” POV this week, following an AP story about the lack of student seats in public schools of choice.