Thursday, September 6, 2007

Charter School in Clarke County?

At this evening’s agenda setting meeting, the Clarke County Board of Education will consider instituting a “Career Academy Charter School.” As anyone who keeps up with local educational issues knows, I am a frequent critic of the Board and the Clarke County School District concerning their financial practices and the low academic performance of the District’s students.

Nonetheless, I am cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a charter school here in Athens. As always, though, the devil will be in the details of how such a school would be structured and operated.

Items 4 and 5 under New Business deal with the application for the school and a related grant application. According to the agenda, information about the application itself should be available tonight, with information about the grant application available a week hence.

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