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.