Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The lawsuit alleges that the preamble and the question on the Nov. 6 ballot is biased in favor of approval of the measure.
A public school teacher and Atlanta minister have filed a lawsuit in Fulton Superior Court against members of the state of Georgia government over the language of the Nov. 6 ballot as it pertains to charter schools. The lawsuit, filed by Dalton teacher Beverly Hedges and Rev. Timothy McDonald, senior pastor at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, names Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp as co-defendants. The complaint alleges that Gov. Deal used language in the preamble to the ballot question and the ballot question itself that is misleading and that was not passed by the General Assembly. This is how the ballot language currently appears: Provides for improving student achievement and parental …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
It "has major concerns with the ... impact it will have on Georgia’s 1.67 million public school students," according to a statement from the group.
Under pressure from its national organization to rescind its opposition to a controversial amendment that could restore the state's authority to approve and fund charter schools, the Georgia Parent Teacher Association reaffirmed its stance. "We cannot support this constitutional amendment which will create an inequity in funding, siphon funds from local public schools where the great majority of the students in Georgia receive their education and deny parents meaningful engagement," the group said in a statement released late Friday. "Georgia PTA strongly opposes this constitutional amendment." In July, the state chapter made its position clear: Vote no when you go to the polls in November. While the Georgia PTA supports charter schools …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Georgia Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge has publicly said he opposes an amendment that would give the state the authority to grant charters for independent schools.
Responses are mixed after State Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced that he opposes an amendment that would allow the state the authority to grant charters to independent schools. The Georgia Association of Educators has officially stated that it supports the superintendent’s stance. “We truly appreciate the state’s top education official standing up for Georgia’s 1.6 million kids and against the November 6 constitutional amendment on charter schools. Dr. Barge sees first-hand the impact this constitutional amendment would have on ensuring every child in Georgia has fair access to a quality education,” said GAE President Calvine Rollins in a press release. Not surprisingly, charter school supporters are less than pleased. “Charter …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here's your roundup of top stories from Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, Paulding and Douglas counties for Dec. 29.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
The schools face rejection unless they can answer the concerns brought to the Cobb Board of Education.
None of the five charter school petitions on the Cobb County Board of Education’s agenda Wednesday will carry a positive recommendation into the board’s regular meeting June 23, if they make it to that meeting at all. The International Academy of Smyrna, which has dropped “Imagine” from the start of its name as it severs its relationship with management company Imagine Schools, requested and was granted a 30-day delay in the consideration of its petition for a five-year renewal of its charter. That was the only petition for which the Cobb County School District administration didn’t have a recommendation. Superintendent Fred Sanderson recommended rejection for the other four. The stated rationale for each recommendation was the same: “…