Category: Education

Fifth in a series about new Georgia start-up public charter schools By Mike Klein Each morning students at Atlanta Classical Academy finish the Pledge of Allegiance and then they add, “I will learn the true. I will do the good. I will love the beautiful.” ACA Principal Terrence Moore said he introduced these simple ideas because, “If they can hold by those principles and if they really commit them in their minds and hearts then they will have a life that is rich and full of happiness.” Atlanta Classic Academy opened this month at full capacity with 488 K-through-8 students in a former private school located on Northside Drive in northwest Atlanta. ACA is the city’s only classical education charter… View Article
Fourth in a series about new Georgia start-up public charter schools By Mike Klein Playing in the dirt will have an educational twist when Chattahoochee Hills Charter School opens next Monday in south Fulton County. With its emphasis on the environment, learning will take place inside and outside and classrooms will have removable walls that open to the great outdoors for hybrid inside – outside learning. “We are part of the natural world,” said Chattahoochee founding Principal Chad Webb. “It takes all of us to create an environment that is safe and healthy and sustainable. I need individuals who want to get down and dirty with the scholars. Whatever we can do to create responsibility, stewardship and sustainability is our… View Article
Third in a series about new Georgia start-up public charter schools By Mike Klein When the Academy for Classical Education opened this month elementary and middle school students had already finished extensive summer reading assignments even though they had never been inside a classroom, never met a teacher, never been to the cafeteria and never met new friends at Macon’s newest public charter school. The reading emphasis was, classical! “Because we’ve stripped a lot of true literature out of typical public education students are no longer able to tap into the emotion that engages them when they are reading,” said ACE co-founder and Principal Laura Perkins. This summer ACE students read classical works by Ernest Hemingway, Anne Frank, Maya Angelou,… View Article
Second in a series about new Georgia start-up public charter schools. By Mike Klein No Georgia economic development initiative has been more stunningly successful over the past decade than the 2,200-acre KIA Motors Manufacturing plant at West Point in Troup County. The region added more than 11,700 jobs directly because of KIA. That created a special challenge. “When KIA came into the LaGrange – Troup County area one of the things that the community realized is that they really didn’t have the workforce,” said Kathy Carlisle.“They began a lot of discussions about how do we have the workforce to support KIA and their suppliers as well as other industries.” KIA opened in 2010 and the region continues a rapid expansion.… View Article

Tapestry Public Charter School’s Special Mission

First in a series about new Georgia start-up public charter schools. By Mike Klein Devon Orland Christopher has a high profile position as the state’s senior assistant attorney general for civil rights litigation but her job as Mom is way more important. “My son is what they call twice exceptional. He’s gifted. That is what gave birth to the school,” said Christopher who is co-founder of the Tapestry Public Charter School that opened today in DeKalb County. Co-founder Tonna Harris-Bosselmann also has an autistic spectrum child. Autism is one among several behavioral disorders that can affect how children interact and engage socially. Their chances to succeed often are enhanced in smaller group settings and they sometimes struggle in the larger… View Article

Capping Scholarships, Capping Opportunity

By Mike Klein Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For 10 years, Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year. “When their grandmother died we kept them,” said Anthony Phillips. “No court has ever said they belong to you. It just happened.” Phillips and his wife, Donna, are retired U.S. Army officers. He owns a logistics company and serves on the World Trade Center Savannah board of directors. Donna Phillips is a dentist and board member at a small Christian academy that was a large part of Carlethia’s life through ninth grade, when… View Article

Hundreds Lose Their Georgia Tax Credit Scholarships

By Mike Klein Carlethia Ingram easily could have become one more lost teenager, no real background, no real future. Her mother died four days after the birth of her youngest sister. For ten years Carlethia and two sisters lived with their grandmother in Savannah public housing until Barbara Ingram passed away last year. “When their grandmother died we kept them,” said Anthony Phillips. “No court has ever said they belong to you. It just happened.” Phillips and his wife Donna are retired U.S. Army officers. Anthony owns a logistics company and serves on the World Trade Center Savannah board of directors. Donna Phillips is a dentist and board member at Ramah Junior Academy, a small Christian academy that was… View Article
Innovations High School provides an vision of what could be the future of education. Innvations is a public school located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Much like the career academy model here in Georgia, students can take classes at Innovations while they are enrolled and participate in extracurricular activities in one of the other four high schools in the school district. They are co-located with a community college, where there students also take classes. With Georgia’s leadership in career academies and digital learning, this could be an interested model for Georgia school systems to consider.   In the video below, Innovation’s principal Kenneth Groover describes the unique attributes of the school. Some background from their web site: As a student-centered… View Article

School Choice, A Way to Fix Public Schools

By Ben Scafidi This excerpt is adapted from a speech by Dr. Ben Scafidi on July 10, 2014, at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Friedman Legacy for Freedom celebration in Macon.   I’ve been a Milton Friedman fan since I was an undergraduate and I am honored to be a Fellow at the Friedman Foundation. He has influenced me and influenced national policy so much. The legacy Friedman chose is the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. I want to read you some quotes from Milton and Rose Friedman about school choice. This is from 2003: “Our goal is to have a system in which every family in the U.S. will be able to choose for itself the school to which its… View Article

When I served four terms in the state Senate, one of the few places where you could go to always and get concrete information about real solutions was the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. That hasn’t changed. [The Foundation] is really right up there at the top of the state think tanks, so you should be very proud of the work that they are doing!

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