Thursday, April 18, 2013
The board's Trends in Education work session is filled to the brim with topics of interest for board members and district staff.
The Cherokee County School Board has a packed work session agenda tonight that will cover everything from education funding, the impact of state legislation to enhanced security. The work session will start at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Canton High School/School Board auditorium. The work session will follow its regular meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. The board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo will go over its fiscal forecast and discuss the impact of sequestration, the 2013 legislative session, property tax and sales tax revenue and the tentative 2013-14 budget. For trends in education, the board will discuss increased accountability for student achievement, expanded school choice, enhanced safety and security and the…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
International Charter School of Atlanta, which would serve Cherokee County, is holding Saturday meeting at Forsyth Conference Center.
Founders of a proposed multi-language immersion charter school in Forsyth County are hosting a second town hall on Saturday. The International Charter School of Atlanta, if approved, would be open to students from Forsyth, Fulton, Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, with the ultimate goal of its students becoming fluent in several languages. Organizers say that this event will provide updated information on curriculum, language tracks and student count since the February town hall. At the time, the school had some 200 "intents to apply" and has doubled registration in a month. "Many people have asked, 'If I came to the first town hall, do I need to come to the second?'" stated an e-mail blast from Founding Board of Directors …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
International Charter School hosting town hall on Tuesday.
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 says 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 …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Canton-based charter school wants the state to approve a five-year charter, which if approved, would expire in 2018.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The new term for the academy will last from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2018.
Cherokee Charter Academy (CCA) will be applying for a five year extension of its charter in February, according to an information item filed with the Georgia Department of Education for its Jan. 17 meeting. Cherokee Charter Academy has been seen by charter school advocates as the standard-bearer of the school choice movement in Georgia, with Gov. Nathan Deal signing important school choice legislation on CCA grounds last year. Charter school advocates say that the recent passage of the school choice amendment to the Georgia Constitution seems to have reinforced the notion that parents want to see more educational options available for their children. CCA has performed at or above Cherokee County School District levels for the CRCT exam …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The county's longest serving school board member criticized fellow member Michael Geist for allegedly violating board policy during the board's meeting on Thursday.
Friday, November 2, 2012
The county's longest serving school board member criticizes fellow member Michael Geist for allegedly violating board policy.
Not the one to shy away from controversy, Cherokee School Board Chairman Mike Chapman criticized fellow board member and charter school supporter Michael Geist for what he referred to as Geist's violation of school board policies. Chapman, who decided not to seek re-election after he was reapportioned out of his current post by the Georgia legislature, said it was "imperative" to point out Geist's actions, which Chapman said "disturbs me greatly." "Mr. Geist, as I move off the board I feel it imperative that I and fellow board members confront you on your actions as a member of this board," he said. "I raise this issue strictly with the desire to prevent our system from moving back into the past which could very well put our accreditation …
The initiative is open to high school students who live in Cherokee County and are enrolled in a home study program.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Cherokee County's high school students enrolled in a home study program will have an opportunity to take virtual classes offered by the Cherokee County School District. The courses will be offered for both initial credit and credit recovery for students. "While these students would be required to enroll in the school district as full-time students, not all coursework is required to be completed on a high school campus because of on-line options," according to a school district news release. "Also, using certain options, virtual coursework taken as part of a full-time course load can be tuition free for these students." The district is utilizing the Georgia Virtual School and its local APEX program to provide students with "viable course…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Georgia Parent Teacher Association hasn't changed its position against a proposed charter school amendment despite pressure from its national organization.
The Georgia Parent Teacher Association's unwavering opposition to a controversial amendment that could restore the state's authority to approve and fund charter schools could become problematic for the group. "National PTA affiliates must adopt the mission and purposes of National PTA and operate in accordance with the policies and positions of the Association," spokesman James Martinez said Wednesday in an email to Canton-Sixes Patch. "The National PTA operates under a clear set of guidelines should an affiliate fail to comply with our National Standards of Affiliation." The state chapter, which supports charter schools approved by local school boards, reaffirmed its stance Friday despite pressure from the national organization to come …
Tuesday, September 4, 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 …