Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cobb County has five charter schools, Douglas has one and Paulding none.
Tuesday, February 26
A proposed charter school in Forsyth County that would be open to all children in the state is hosting a Town Hall to introduce itself to the community on Tuesday. Following the November election in which voters approved an amendment giving the state the power to approve charter schools, a group of parents and educators have filed an intent to launch the International Charter School of Atlanta. The group claims that the school would be the first and only triple-language immersion K through 8th grade school open to all children in Georgia. "We've had way more intents to apply than expected," so far, said Christina Crumbley, one of the school's board members. She said the school has seen 160 intents and "we haven't even held our first town …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Citing financial concerns, the Cobb school board voted 4-3 to deny a petition by the Smyrna Academy of Excellence.
Cobb Board of Education members went out of their way to praise the passion, organization and dedication of parents and community members behind the proposed Smyrna Academy of Excellence. But a majority of the school board could not give the charter school petition their votes when the measure came up during Thursday night's business meeting. Concerns over financing prompted a 4-3 split to turn down the SAE request, which also had been recommended for rejection by Cobb County School District superintendent Michael Hinojosa. "What I struggle with is separating the passion and the facts," vice chairman David Morgan told a crowded board meeting room full of SAE supporters. "If we approve the charter, the numbers don't add up. The …
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: “…