Category: Education

The Black Exodus to Charter Schools

Published Monday, March 06, 2006   MINNEAPOLIS — Something momentous is happening here in the home of prairie populism: black flight. African-American families from the poorest neighborhoods are rapidly abandoning the district public schools, going to charter schools, and taking advantage of open enrollment at suburban public schools. Today, just around half of students who live in the city attend its district public schools. Source: Wall Street Journal (http://online.wsj.com/search/date.html#SB114125788411186941 – suscription required), “Don’t Protest, Just Shop Somewhere Else,” March 2, 2006, Page A15… View Article

Charter Schools Promote Business in the South

Published Thursday, February 02, 2006 By Eric Wearne After losing several large employers over the course of the 1990s and realizing that their schools were not preparing their students to compete in the global economy, the citizens of Osceola, Arkansas decided to do something to stop their community’s decline. According to the Wall Street Journal, “This small city of about 9,000, set amid soybean and cotton fields on the west bank of the Mississippi…persuaded Denso Corp., an affiliate of Toyota Motor Corp., to locate a new plant in town producing car air-conditioning and heating systems. The usual bevy of financial incentives helped, but for Denso, there was a clinching factor: Osceola’s efforts to improve local education by creating a charter… View Article
By Russ Moore When Newsweek trumpeted “America’s Best High Schools” in May, it was disappointing to learn the magazine’s best of the best were selected based on a formula that appears limited to “college prep.” Schools were ranked using a ratio of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken, divided by the number of graduating seniors. Thus the best high school in America is small, has nearly no minority students, and has most of its seniors taking (but not necessarily passing) AP exams. There was no indication of how many students actually went on to college, much less to a job for which they were trained. Research indicates that college prep does not necessarily prepare students for college, and it… View Article
By Dr. Holly Robinson and Eric Wearne Fulton Science Academy, a 3-year-old charter school in Alpharetta, is one of the many charter schools in America participating in a well-deserved celebration of National Charter School Week, May 1-7. The school focuses its curriculum on math and science instruction, which its mission statement describes as “the key to future success.” The results are reflected in the improvement in achievement and overall educational experiences of the school’s 320 students. On the 2004 CRCT, 100 percent of the school’s eighth-graders met or exceeded expectations in Reading, and 95 percent did so in English, Math, Social Studies and Science. The school also made “Adequate Yearly Progress” last year under No Child Left Behind. This is… View Article
Published Monday, May 02, 2005 By Angie Green On April 28, President George W. Bush released a press statement calling on families of charter school students and those involved with the charter school movement to help the nation recognize the importance of charter schools and their contributions to American public education. Charter schools have “provided a valuable alternative to families throughout the country,” said Bush. He listed recent federal actions to support charters, including proposing $219 million for Charter School Grants and $37 million for Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities. The administration has also called for $50 million in new funding for the Choice Incentive Fund to support development of innovative school choice programs. He applauded the teachers and… View Article

New Charters on Board for this Fall

Published Tuesday, April 19, 2005 By Angie Green The Foundation would like to congratulate the following charter schools recently approved to open this fall. Berrien Academy Charter School in Berrien County (start-up high school) Dunwoody Springs Elementary in Fulton County (conversion) Gateway to College Academy in DeKalb County (start-up high school) Lewis Academy of Excellence in Clayton County (start-up elementary) Marietta Charter School in Marietta City (star-up elementary) T.E.A.C.H. School in Fulton County (start-up high school) Whitfield County Career Academy in Whitfield County (LEA start-up high school) Amana Academy in Fulton County (start-up K-8)… View Article

Charter Student Tops in Science Fair

Published Friday, April 15, 2005 By Chris Adams A seventh-grader from Fulton Science Academy, a charter middle school in Alpharetta, has won first place in Physics in the Junior Division at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair 2005. Cory Friedman’s project, “The Effect of Light Frequency on Power Output of a Solar Cell,” also earned him the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge Award, given to top scores for sixth- to eighth-grade projects demonstrating excellence in scientific communication skills. He is nominated to be the top young scientist in a nationwide competition in Washington. Earlier this year, the 3-year-old Fulton Science Academy finished first in the regional Science Olympiad tournament.… View Article

Charter Petition Workshops

Published Friday, March 04, 2005 By Angie Green The Georgia Department of Education will host several charter petition workshops entitled “A Public School of Your Own” during National Charter Schools Week, May 2-7. These workshops are intended for individuals or groups who have little knowledge or experience with charter schools, who may be interested in starting, having their child attend, financially supporting, volunteering at or serving on the governing board of a charter school. National Charter Schools Week is intended to highlight the successes of charter schools and increase public awareness of the charter schools program. Senator Johnny Isakson is an honorary co-chair of the 2005 National Charter Schools Week. Workshops are sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. You… View Article

Charter School takes Lead at Science Olympiad

Published Thursday, February 24, 2005 By Angie Green The Fulton Science Academy’s Science Olympiad Team won first place among 20 teams at the regional Science Olympiad tournament on Feb. 19. The team will advance to the state Science Olympiad tournament in April. This is not the first win for the academy, a 3-year-old charter middle school in Alpharetta with 320 pupils that focuses on math and science instruction. The school also won in last year’s competition. Click here for more information.… View Article

TV Shows Feature KIPP Academy

Published Tuesday, February 22, 2005 By Angie Green Stay tuned for two upcoming TV broadcasts featuring KIPP WAYS Academy, an Atlanta-area charter school that was recently showcased by the Foundation. On Saturday (Feb. 26) at 8:30 a.m. on WTBS, the new TBS show “Story Line” will feature a segment on KIPP. For more information, check out www.tbs17.com or www.tbsstoryline.com. KIPP is also featured on WPBA-30’s “APS Today,” which focuses on education in Atlanta, on Tuesday, March 14 at 9 p.m.… View Article

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