Category: Education

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

State Reveals New Strategic Plan for Charter Schools

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… View Article

Neighborhood Charter School Sets Standard

Published Saturday, November 20, 2004 By Angie Green With education reform beginning to sweep Georgia, some schools are already ahead of the game. Neighborhood Charter School in Atlanta, for instance, is in its third year of operation. Despite a fire that has left the school homeless for almost two years, and 27 percent of the students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program, the students continue to make tremendous gains in core academic areas. On the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), 97 percent of Neighborhood’s first-graders met or exceeded the reading standard, while 90 percent did so in the fourth grade. In the third grade, 100 percent of the students met or exceeded the English/Language Arts Standard. And in… View Article

As an employer, and a parent and a graduate of Georgia public schools, I am pleased that the Foundation has undertaken this project. (The report card) provides an excellent tool for parents and educators to objectively evaluate our public high schools. It will further serve a useful purpose as a benchmark for the future to measure our schools’ progress.

Dan Amos, CEO, AFLAC more quotes