GA Law: From Charter Schools Act of 1998:
"(2) "Charter petitioner" means a local school, local board of education, private
individual, private organization, or state or local public entity that submits a petition for a
charter. The term "charter petitioner" does not include home study programs or schools,
sectarian schools, religious schools, private for profit schools, private educational
institutions not established, operated, or governed by the State of Georgia, or existing
For-profit charters are illegal.
"Unlike charter schools, a charter system does not involve privatizing schools or placing them outside the APS board of education's control. "
To be clear, charter schools in the city of Atlanta are not private. Converting a school to a charter has nothing to do with 'privatization'. Starting a charter school is NOT starting a private school. Charters in Atlanta have a contract with APS and the GA DOE. They are public schools. The GA DOE doesn't like charter management companies. It is seen as the least desirable method of managing the school. Also, in the event an outside management company is used, charter management companies can not have any reps on the governing board of the charter school because it is a conflict of interest.
Hope they will take batteries.
I learned recently that once upon a time when Mary Linn was not the hot school it is now it was also folks from Kirkwood who were willing to go in and work to make it great. I bet there were people from plenty of other neighborhoods there too. Currently, all schools in APS have children in them who come from myriad communities, not just the communities closest to the school. (Not that being close to a school means you are zoned to it - think Coan.) Toomer, for example, is a mix of East Lake, Kirkwood, Candler Park, Lake Claire, Morningside, Reynoldstown, Grant Park, Edgewood, and Summerhill - and I'm sure I'm leaving many off the list. All of these children and their parents are part of the team and are an inextricable part of the school's story- present, past, and future. People who want to lay claim to the success of a school ought to make sure they really know the facts about who is presently at the school and who worked to make it great. When my husband was offered a job in Atlanta I was excited about moving to Atlanta - not about moving to Kirkwood, as wonderful as that experience has been. We are all residents of one great city and if any part of this city isn't working well it negatively impacts us all.
"None of the adults engaged in this fight really want to talk about that, but we will, because we're all adults here, right?" People have been speaking loudly about racial implications for months, in my opinion. I think many people REALLY do want to talk about it and have.
“earnest, hard-working stenographers at East Atlanta Patch” The Patch coverage has been terrific. They are journalists, not stenographers.
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