Published Thursday, December 30, 2004
By Angie Green
The State Board of Education has approved a new strategic plan for the state’s Charter Schools Program, according to the Georgia Department of Education’s latest “Inside Charter School” report.
The Georgia Department of Education and State Board Charter Schools Committee developed the plan, which includes a mission, vision and goals for Georgia’s Public Charter Schools Program. The long-term, five-year goals are supported by specific objectives and strategies and will be evaluated by stated outcome measures, according to the report.
This is the first time the state has taken the lead in creating a framework of support for the program. Initial objectives focus on collaboration with all charter stakeholders, both within and outside the department. The strategic plan, including future objectives and strategies, will be reviewed each year.
The report also highlighted a $5,000 grant to Cobb County’s Central Alternative School, aimed at helping the school become a charter school. It will make it possible for the school to fully implement the Girls and Boys Town Education Model, gain flexibility from the school district’s established discipline policy and procedures, implement a district-wide dropout prevention program and accommodate students who do not fit the traditional mode.
More on these and all other charter schools will be covered in the state’s 2003-2004 Annual Report for Georgia’s Charter Schools Program, to be released soon. It will contain detailed information about each of Georgia’s 35 charter schools, including demographics, progress and performance indicators and test results. It will also contain general background on charter school law revisions, the four types of charter schools and a detailed statewide summary of charter data – including a comparison of charter test scores to state averages. Find the report online at http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/schools/charterschools/index.asp.
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