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Will Supreme Court Decide Georgia Virtual School Funding?

Georgia education headlines are too often made for wrong reasons.  National test scores that disappoint, high schools that under perform and the Atlanta public schools cheating scandal do nothing to recommend Georgia as forward thinking and a place to create a business and raise a family.  Embracing an aggressive plan to fast forward online education would seem like a no-brainer.

Last week two major online education companies said they will cancel plans to operate Georgia online high schools.  Provost Academy and Kaplan Academy believe they cannot operate on $3,500 per pupil funding from the Georgia Charter School Commission.  Those funds would have been state dollars; no local education dollars would follow the student. Continue reading

July 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Georgia High School Students Lose Two Online Education Options

This article was published by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

Georgia high school students who would like to pursue full-time online education options may have seen their hopes diminished this week.  Two companies that were approved to open online high schools in August will cancel because they believe the financial model offered by the state does not work.  This is a punch to the gut for advocates of online education in Georgia.

Last month the Georgia Charter School Commission approved Kaplan Academy of Georgia and Provost Academy Georgia with the understanding that coursework costs would need to fit into available state funding, estimated at about $3,500 per pupil.  Provost planned to enroll 800 high school students and Kaplan planned 460 students. Continue reading

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

School Choice Passes First Important Georgia Court Test

This article was written for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

School choice advocates in Georgia have prevailed in an important Superior Court ruling that upholds the constitutionality of state-created charter schools with partial funding from state taxpayer dollars.  Attorneys on both sides predict this case will be appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court with a final decision sometime next year.  Charter schools are public schools.

One immediate impact is some 300 seventh-and-eighth grade girls will continue to navigate the hallways of Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross just outside Atlanta.  Ivy’s enrollment will jump to 450 students this fall when the Academy adds sixth graders.  Funding is also assured next year for the Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts & Technology in downstate Statesboro.

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