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88% OF PARENTS GIVE GEORGIA CONNECTIONS ACADEMY VIRTUAL SCHOOL TOP MARKS, SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS TO ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN NOW

By   /  August 2, 2013  /  Education  /   Comments

Tweet – Flexibility, Different Learning Environment from Current School, and Safe Environment are Top Enrollment Drivers Cited by Parents in Annual Survey – July 24, 2013 – Georgia Connections Academy, http://www.GeorgiaConnectionsAcademy.com, a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12, continues to get high marks from parents, a [...]

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Why limit charter schools to MCLB?

By   /  February 12, 2013  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

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Tweet The Dougherty County Board of Education is entertaining the notion of forming a charter school for Marines and base employees at MCLB Albany.  This comes amidst discussions of school closings that stirred the souls of many in the community.  To be honest, I expect BOE member Robert Youngblood’s suggestion to further anger those who [...]

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Successful Innovations Fuel State Charter School Success

By   /  October 30, 2012  /  Press Releases  /   Comments

Tweet  By Dr. Danielle LeSure, New report highlights academic programs improving student achievement in three of Georgia’s state charter schools  ATLANTA (October 30, 2012)— Georgia’s state public charter schools are using their flexibility to implement innovative programs to raise student achievement, according to a new report released by the Center for an Educated Georgia. Titled [...]

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Charter Schools Give Students Opportunities

By   /  October 22, 2012  /  Uncategorized  /   Comments

Tweet By Jan Jones- As a mother of four children currently enrolled in or graduates of Fulton County Schools, I care deeply about public education in my community and Georgia. I know public education changes lives by giving young people opportunities to fulfill their potential and achieve the American dream.

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Olens On Separating Governing And Campaigning

By   /  October 5, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /   Comments

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Tweet  In a day where the political world was focused on the first of the Presidential debates, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens still managed to make some news. Olens released a legal opinion instructing local school boards that they do not have the legal authority to spend money and utilize other resources campaigning for or [...]

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Energy Tax Cut Hitting Local Tax Bases

By   /  October 3, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet As the last session of Georgia’s General Assembly came to a close, state leaders trumpeted their accomplishment of targeted tax cuts aimed at attracting new industry and retaining existing jobs in the state. The centerpiece of the legislation was the elimination of sales taxes on energy used by manufacturers. The state absorbed the phase [...]

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“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended…”:Charter Schools

By   /  September 17, 2012  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Tweet “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?” On March 19, 2012, I was one of 40 State Senators in the Georgia legislature who voted in favor of placing the above question on the general ballot this fall.

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Trust Issue Now Part Of Charter School Campaign

By   /  September 17, 2012  /  Charlie Harper, Uncategorized  /  Comments Off

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Tweet When the dust settled from the July 31st primary, the general consensus was that the majority of voters did not trust current government officials with additional tax revenue.  Now approaching the November general election, the question of the charter schools amendment is being framed by opponents as to whether Georgia’s leaders can be trusted [...]

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Charter Schools, The Education Establishment, and 2014

By   /  August 21, 2012  /  Charlie Harper  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Georgia School Superintendent John Barge threw an outside curve ball into Republican plans for school reform last week. In the process he managed to blindside current leadership attempting to pass a constitutional amendment to allow funding for state sponsored charter schools. He also likely just started the 2014 campaign cycle.

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Barge breaks ranks with GOP on charter schools

By   /  August 15, 2012  /  Government  /  Comments Off

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Tweet Staff Reports When the state’s school superintendent says they oppose a proposed charter school amendment, it’s news.  That’s what happened yesterday when news broke that the state’s republican superintendent of schools said he opposes a charter school amendment that would permit the state to create charter schools.

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