Coweta rejects charter school: Vote destroys “American freedom to choose.”

Jun 26, 2011 by

You can read the county’s reasons here. Clearly, the system has found reasons to be concerned, including this issue: An analysis of this data clearly reflects that students in the Coweta County School System outperformed students in Coweta Charter Academy. Furthermore, Coweta Charter Academy did not meet its performance goal as agreed upon by Coweta Charter Academy, the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and the State Board of Education.

In a few minutes, the Cherokee school board will vote on the application of Cherokee Charter Academy, another Charter Schools USA partner school.

What makes these two charter schools different than most others in the state is that they are seeking to operate in counties with very high academic achievement. I understand that there are parents in Cherokee and Coweta who want to send their kids to these schools because they see them as a better fit, but they can’t cite failing schools as their reason. And that changes the debate, at least to me.

Both Coweta and Cherokee are among the 16 charter schools stranded by a state Supreme Court decision that the state cannot override local boards of education and establish local charter schools through its own commission.

The state commission had approved eight schools last year and eight new ones for this year; those schools can apply to the state Board of Education for consideration next week but they won’t collect any local taxes to operate, which, in most cases, is about half their funding.

Following its rejection today by the Coweta Board of Education, the Coweta Charter School issued the following statement:

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