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Regional education report shows families deserve same school options as region’s CEOs

By Guest Columnist GLENN DELK, an Atlanta attorney who is a longtime school choice advocate and co-founder of 21st Century STEM Academy set to open in August in Decatur

Members of Georgia’s public school establishment consistently oppose funding for charter and private schools on the grounds they are not “accountable.”

However, as evidenced by the recent report, State of Education in Metro Atlanta: Baseline Report 2017, issued with great fanfare by Learn4Life – a collaborative initiative of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the United Way of Greater Atlanta and eight public school district partners –the reality is that traditional districts are the ones who are unaccountable.

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Addressing Georgia’s chronically failing schools

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, PhD, the director for policy and research at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Last November, Georgia voters rejected a constitutional amendment to establish an Opportunity School District (OSD) that would have created a new state-run district with the authority to step in and manage “chronically failing” schools. At that time, 127 schools were on “the list.” These were schools that received a failing score on the state’s accountability report card three years in a row.

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We are chronically failing, but it’s not our schools

By Guest Columnist FRANK BROWN, CEO of Communities in Schools of Atlanta

As the headlines come and go about our current political climate and the state of our international relations, our students are dying. Several weeks ago, two metro Atlanta students were killed by senseless gun violence. Violence in communities where we live and work is on the rise. Teachers and administrators are trained in self-defense tactics to ensure their safety as they work in communities plagued by the violence that poverty makes more likely.

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APS commits to reducing inequality with affordable housing policy

By Guest Columnist COURTNEY ENGLISH, chairman of the Atlanta Board of Education

Atlanta works best when it works for everyone. For far too long, my beloved Atlanta, has been a tale of two cities.

Recent studies have placed Atlanta near the top of list in job creation while at the same time, one of the country’s leaders in income inequality and child poverty.  The negative effects of this kind of disparity is felt first and hardest in our school system.  76 percent of our kids are on free or reduced lunch.

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Georgia’s Pre-K Week a time to renew efforts to create brighter future for children

By Guest Columnist EMILY PELTON, executive director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, which seeks to ensure the well-being of all children in Georgia

Last week, Georgians all over the state united for a great cause. In the midst of our supercharged and occasionally exhausting pre-election environment, hundreds of leaders found one thing to agree on: quality early education is important for Georgia’s kids.

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Child well-being required for every student to succeed

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, director for policy and research at the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Throughout all of 2015, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission conducted a “top to bottom review of public education.” The goal of this effort is to make education “more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce.”

Column: Innovative downtown high school needs millions to move

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on April 15, 2016

So close, and yet so far.

The Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School has received a $3 million gift from the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation to help the innovative school renovate and move into a downtown office building.

But before it can make the move, Cristo Rey, which serves students from lower-income families, will need to raise up to another $3 million for the renovation and up to another $6 million to build a gym that would also be the assembly area for the school.

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New year, new education opportunities…and responsibilities

By Guest Columnist DANA RICKMAN, policy and research director for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

On Dec. 10, 2015, President Barak Obama signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).

This law reauthorizes the “Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965,” which has been more recently known as “No Child Left Behind.” This important legislation has provided Georgia an opportunity to set its own direction and determine the best way to support schools and districts.

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APS-City of Atlanta agreement on BeltLine to be announced on Friday

It appears that a long-awaited agreement between the Atlanta Board of Education and the City of Atlanta on their multi-year dispute over Atlanta BeltLine payments will be announced Friday morning.

In conversations with several people familiar with the negotiations, the agreement will include a new payment schedule that will extend through 2030 – totaling $73.5 million over the next 15 years.