Charter school meeting slated for today

9:40 AM, Jun 3, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA - The first meeting of the state Education and Youth Special Sub-Committee meets today to address the Georgia Supreme Court ruling striking down the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

State Sen. Fran Millar (D-Dunwoody) will chair the meeting 10:00 a.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, in Room 450.

In a 5-4 decision last month, Georgia Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which has the authority to grant charter school petitions.

The decision put Commission-chartered schools in limbo. An estimated 15,000 children attend those schools.

"Okay. I really don't know where to start," said Art Teacher Sophia Alston as she walks into her empty classroom atImagine Marietta Charter School. Alston and everyone else at the school must now pack everything for good. The school is closing as of June 30 after five years in operation.

Marietta City Schools denied Imagine Marietta's petition to continue. So did the Georgia Charter School Commission last December.

School officials had hoped to open under a different charter and submit a new petition to the Charter School Commission. But, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the Charter Commission is unconstitutional. In addition, a change in the school apparently creates a zoning issue that school officials cannot resolve before school would open in August.

"We're packing up. Right now we're making sure our teachers have a plan B," said Christy Tureta, the school's principal. "The computers, the tables, the chairs, these carts, headphones are all going to Marietta City Schools as part of the agreement if the school failed, everything would go back to the Marietta."

 

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