Friday Facts

      It’s Friday!   Quotes of note – “A government with the policy to rob Peter to pay Paul can be assured of the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw – “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” – Mark Twain – “A general State education is a mere contrivance for molding people to be exactly … Continue Reading →

Slim State House Margin for Charter Schools Amendment

By Mike Klein Georgia voters – the people whose tax dollars pay the bills at every public school system statewide – are one step closer toward being allowed to decide whether the state should have the authority to create and fund charter schools over the opposition of local school boards. Wednesday afternoon the state House approved HR 1162 by a slim 123 – 48 margin.  That is three votes more than the measure needed for two-thirds super majority passage and 13 more than a different version received during the House … Continue Reading →

Another View of Georgia Charter Schools Report

By Kelly McCutchen, Mark Peevy, Dr. Ben Scafidi and Dr. Eric Wearne Last year, the Georgia Supreme Court closed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and gave local school boards “exclusive” control over public education in Georgia. Now legislators are debating whether the state should be able to authorize start-up charter schools and whether the state should have any role in education other than writing checks to school boards. Georgia parents clearly want start-up charter schools: Last year more than 5,000 students were on waiting lists to attend the state’s few … Continue Reading →

HR 1162: Entrenched Thinking Won Out Over Enlightenment

Two weeks ago hope and change seemed possible.  Two thousand students, parents and start-up charter school supporters gathered on a sunny winter morning outside the State Capitol to rally on behalf of the principle that equal opportunity begins in school.  Now we know that too few inside the great stone building cared to hear their message.  Entrenched thinking has won out over enlightenment. On Wednesday the state House rejected HR 1162 which sought to place a constitutional amendment question on the November ballot that would ask voters:  “Shall the Constitution … Continue Reading →

Ivy Prep Academy Will Open Two DeKalb County Schools

Two new state charter special schools will open this month and there is a good chance their names sound familiar – Ivy Preparatory Academy at DeKalb (for girls) and Ivy Preparatory Young Men’s Leadership Academy at DeKalb. Monday morning the state board of education approved special school charters for Ivy Prep to operate kindergarten-to-6th grade boys and girls schools in the former Peachtree Hope Charter School location on Memorial Drive in DeKalb County.  Ivy Prep will continue to operate its original 6th-to-9th grade all-girls Academy in Norcross. Ivy Prep was … Continue Reading →