Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The State Board of Education, at their Feb. 20, meeting approved Marietta City Schools (MCS) renewal as a Georgia Charter System. The renewal is valid for a 10-year period.
Wednesday, February 27
The State Board of Education, at their Feb. 20, meeting approved Marietta City Schools (MCS) renewal as a Georgia Charter System. The renewal is valid for a 10-year period. As part of the renewal process, members of the Georgia Charter Advisory Committee and Georgia Department of Education Charter Division conducted a site visit of district schools Dec. 20, 2012. “Like many Charter Systems approved in Georgia, much of the previous innovation and execution of waivers from state law at Marietta City Schools has been done at the system level. There is tremendous opportunity for additional innovation at the individual school level,” said MCS Superintendent, Dr. Emily Lembeck. “We believe our renewal as a Charter System creates a framework for …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
On Nov. 6, voters will decide if the state of Georgia can create charter schools, or will those decisions remain at the local levels.
In less than two weeks, voters will decide if Georgia can create a state commission authorizing charter schools. The issue has stirred controversy all across metro Atlanta. Some Democratic leaders are calling the ballot biased and misleading. Others, however, are reaching across political aisles to support the amendment. On Saturday, Oct. 27, two state lawmakers - one Republican, the other a Democrat -headlined a rally in support of the amendment. Keep up with news by subscribing to our free email newsletter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Voters will head to the polls in November and decide if the state can override local school boards and create charter schools.
If voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to override local school boards on charter decisions, schools with rejected bids like Smyrna Academy of Excellence could still become a reality. The bid for the proposed Smyrna charter school was rejected in June by the Cobb Board of Education with a 4-3 vote. Ever since a May 16, 2011 Supreme Court of Georgia ruling dissolved the commission that approved 16 state-commissioned charter schools, proponents of school choice–like Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell)– have worked to reverse the 4-3 ruling that left a number of charters scrambling to find ways to open their doors in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year. The Families for Better Public Schools …
Friday, July 20, 2012
A burglary ring commits 10 burglaries of Mableton and Austell businesses in three weeks and a pro-charter school group launches a social media campaign—take a look at the top Patch headlines from the Cobb and metro Atlanta area.
No one has heard from Ricky, Darlene and Lindsey Norrell all day. And while a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said that "it appears likely" that the three bodies pulled from the rubble of a fire at a Ball Ground home this morning are theirs, Lt. Jay Baker said investigators can't "definitively conclude that" at this time. "The bodies," Baker said, "have not been identified." For more details, visit Canton-Sixes Patch. What would have been a routine prostitution sting for the Smyrna Police Department resulted in the recovery of a stolen firearm and an assortment of illegal drugs at a Smyrna hotel. According to an arrest warrant, Amanda Lee Causey, 28, of Rome was charged with theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is recommending denial of a start-up school in Smyrna, despite strong community support for the plan.
The Cobb Board of Education is expected to vote Thursday on a petition to create a charter school in Smyrna. Many parents and residents there want it, and since last week's board work session have provided school officials with additional information about a possible location. But superintendent Michael Hinojosa continues to recommend against granting the charter status for financial, facilities and academic reasons. That issue figures to be the major item of business when the board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cobb County School District office board room, located at 514 Glover Street in Marietta. An executive session has been called for 6 p.m. Supporters of the proposed Smyrna Academy of Excellence are upset by Hinojosa's …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
South Cobb's David Morgan will offer two ideas Wednesday to help other charter schools avoid Imagine Mableton's fate.
David Morgan wants to prevent a repeat of the fall of Imagine International Academy of Mableton. The Cobb County Board of Education member for South Cobb’s Post 3 will bring two ideas targeting that goal to his colleagues during the board’s monthly work session Wednesday morning at 8:30 in the Central Office boardroom: “Starting with the annual report, we will do ourselves a lot of good if we’re hearing from charter schools each year so that four years won’t have passed and so it won’t be out of sight, out of mind,” Morgan said. The discussion follows the board’s 4-3 vote Sept. 29 not to renew Imagine Mableton’s charter. Morgan, who represents Mableton, voted with the majority. “This will help us to make sure that the lines of …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Cobb County Board of Education is likely to discuss its upcoming votes on four charter schools during Wednesday's work session.
Cobb County Board of Education member David Banks of Northeast and East Cobb’s Post 5 wants to know how efficiently the school district is using technology. Banks plans to bring up the topic during Wednesday’s 8:30 a.m. board work session at the Central Office’s boardroom. “It’s about how effective are we in using our technology in the learning process,” he told Patch. “We spend tens of millions of dollars on technology, so how effective have we used it? I’m going to ask the administration to develop the questionnaire on the ways that they can measure. It’s not to point fingers, but it’s just to find out where are we. It’s to know how we can use our technology to a greater degree.” Banks said his main focus is on teachers, not students. …