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DC charter school for at-risk students could be shut down


"All decision-making related to the implementation of these innovations will again come back to the school board for consideration and approval", said Caddell.

"How could any charter management company come into a community and up and decide we're not going to play anymore?" asked Quincey Morris, a lifelong resident of North Memphis, home to two schools that abruptly lost their charter operator.

"We don't deserve the death penalty", she said when she urged the school board to approve the school's charter.

No cuts are being proposed for the upcoming school year.

Thursday night, the Cobb school board voted 6-1, with Cobb school board member Susan Thayer opposing, to not renew the school's charter despite several parents and school officials from the International Academy of Smyrna emailing, calling and talking with the school board members. It helps students be able to use more technology. When locally accountable school boards have the ability to regulate charters and integrate them into local education systems, our students, parents and communities will all benefit in the long run.

"This letter has no merit", Reeves said at the time, an opinion he has maintained at subsequent board meetings.

Reading from the bill, Ratliff noted, "The school district can deny the petition and there is no recourse because that has been taken out".

For his part, Charter School Board President Paul Josephson had no comment Wednesday.


If the Education Board agrees to the revocation of the Covenant Keepers' charter, it will be the first involuntary revocation of a school charter since 2011.

But having enough students wasn't the focus when the ASD began taking over low-performing schools in 2012 and recruiting charter operators to turn them around. "I am surprised that the board put the needs of the district ahead of the needs of the students".

"We are close to the regional average, however, we have work to do", he said.

"It would be insensitive for us to ignore what they've been dealing with to the detriment of their finances", White said, adding the ASD plans to scrutinize enrollment projections more closely.

"If they're walking away, if they're withdrawing from this commitment, then they've probably got a good reason to doing it", Haft said.

A total of 50.896 percent of students scored at proficient this past spring on state tests, up from 42.986 percent of students in 2015, according to information provided by the charter school. State law doesn't provide for that classification for charter schools, he said. Chastain said the district can not provide more support unless the school were under its jurisdiction, which it is not.

School Superintendent Stephen Nuckols reported to the panel that Sarah Gober, the school's former chief executive, is continuing to provide special-education services to students, which she started earlier this calendar year. Given the assault on public education from the Trump Administration, we need leaders who stand with all public school families.

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