Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tony Roberts, president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, speaks out on the state's charter school program.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
It has been more than 90 days since the Georgia Supreme Court wrongly struck down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, our state’s only alternative charter authorizing body aside from local school districts. The fateful decision for the 16 schools approved by the Commission and the more than 18,000 students served by those schools. The schools were forced into a scramble for their lives. Some went back to their home school districts seeking approval. Two were approved, two were denied and two were not even allowed to plead their cases for approval by the districts. The majority decided to seek approval from the state as state-chartered special schools at a drastically reduced funding amount than they received last school year as …
Friday, July 29, 2011
State Board of Education to meet Monday to decide on recommending a Special State Charter for the DeKalb-based school.
It's been a roller coaster ride for head of school Nina Gilbert since the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girls charter school in Peachtree Corners could no longer operate as a commissioned charter school. Ivy Prep's future was finally decided this month when the school's board accepted Gwinnett County Public School's offer to operate as a Gwinnett Charter school. That was the good news, the not so good news was that the funding per student was cut substantially from what it received as a commissioned charter school. And there would be no funding from the Gwinnett school system for nearly half of its students. The school currently enrolls some 480 students of which 190 live in DeKalb County. Under the …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girls charter school in Peachtree Corners may receive a life line from GCPS.
Gwinnett County Public Schools officials met Tuesday with the beleaguered Ivy Preparatory Academy's governing board to find a way to keep the commissioned charter school's doors open in the fall. Ivy Prep, an all-girls charter school located in Peachtree Corners, was one of the 16 commissioned charter schools that was affected by the Georgia Supreme Court that ruled the commissioned charter schools were unconstitutional. "School district staff met again today with the appropriate people representing Ivy Preparatory Academy to discuss options for allowing the school to continue operations in the upcoming school year," said Gwinnett County Public School's Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks in a statement issued May 31. "I feel optimistic at …
Friday, May 27, 2011
A recent decision struck down a portion of the state's charter school law. Ivy Preparatory School in Peachtree Corners was affected.
The Georgia Supreme Court has been asked to reconsider its recent ruling which struck down part of the state's charter school law, according to a recent Associated Press report. At the heart of the issue is whether the Georgia Charter Schools Commission has authority to approve charter schools over the objection of local school boards. Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girls commissioned charter school located in Peachtree Corners, was one of the 16 commissioned charter schools affected by the decision. The state's highest court had ruled May 16 that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission did not have the authority to establish schools and direct local monies to fund commission-approved schools. Gwinnett County Public Schools has contributed…