Thursday, October 4, 2012
An informative public forum on HR 1162, the constitutional charter school amendment, will be held Thursday at the Smyrna City Hall.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Brighter Georgia Education Coalition and Smyrna Councilwoman Melleny Pritchett have partnered with a group of concerned citizens to answer questions about HR 1162, the constitutional amendment for authorizing public charter schools, at a public forum Thursday evening. “Quality schools are critical for stable municipalities and informed citizens,” said Melleny Pritchett, the city’s Mayor Pro Tem and Chair of the Vision & Education Committees for the council. Leo Smith, of Vining’s Pointe Home Owners Association and Smyrna Education Foundation’s Board of Directors added, “When someone buys a home, ideally the schools in that zone help stabilize value and keeps taxpayers from moving to places like Milton or East Cobb for what some …
Georgia House Representatives Rich Golick and Stacey Evans will join Smyrna Councilwoman Melleny Pritchett at Thursday's informative Education Roundtable.
Tonight's Education Roundtable event starts at 6 with refreshments and a free movie in the Council Chambers at the Smyrna City Hall located at 2800 King Street. A panel discussion on HR 1162, the charter school amendment on November's ballot, will start at 7 p.m. The event is co-hosted by Smyrna Councilwoman Melleny Pritchett and The Brighter Georgia Education Coalition. Georgia House District 34 Representative Rick Golick and Disctrict 40 Representative Stacey Evans are expected to join the panel discussion.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Voters will head to the polls in November and decide if the state can override local school boards and create charter schools.
If voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to override local school boards on charter decisions, schools with rejected bids like Smyrna Academy of Excellence could still become a reality. The bid for the proposed Smyrna charter school was rejected in June by the Cobb Board of Education with a 4-3 vote. Ever since a May 16, 2011 Supreme Court of Georgia ruling dissolved the commission that approved 16 state-commissioned charter schools, proponents of school choice–like Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell)– have worked to reverse the 4-3 ruling that left a number of charters scrambling to find ways to open their doors in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year. The Families for Better Public Schools …
Monday, June 11, 2012
There are less than three weeks left to register before the state general primary election.
The deadline to register to vote in Georgia's general primary election is less than three weeks away. Georgia residents must register to vote by July 2 to be able to vote. Unsure if you're registered? Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website. What's on the ballot? South Cobbers will vote for a slew of judges, the Cobb Commission Chairman position, the District 4 Commissioner, County Sheriff, Board of Education Post 3 representative, state senators, state representatives and U.S. Congressmen. Click here to see the full list of qualified candidates for the South Cobb (and countywide) offices. The controversial Transportation Investment Act, or TSPLOST, will also be on the ballot, along with another controversial measure. Voters will …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Rep. Alisha Morgan is hosting a town hall meeting with Georgia Charter Schools Association President Tony Roberts about charter schools and H.R. 1162.
State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the South Cobb Recreation Center. During this meeting, Morgan will provide an overview of the bills passed during the General Assembly’s recent legislative session and lead a discussion on charter schools. Georgia Charter Schools Association President Tony Roberts will help lead the charter school discussion, explaining what charter schools are and how they can serve as a public school option for parents. The charter school discussion will also include information about House Resolution 1162, a constitutional amendment that Morgan co-sponsored that would allow the state to authorize charter schools.
Monday, March 19, 2012
South Cobb officials have opposing views of the charter schools amendment.
In a bipartisan vote of 40-16, the state Senate passed House Resolution 1162, a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to create charter schools. The amendment will be sent to voters this fall. Currently, only local school districts have the authority to approve or reject charter school petitions. Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled the then-existing Georgia Charter School Commission unconstitutional in a 4-3 vote. The Georgia Charter School Commission, which Rep. Alisha Morgan (D-Austell) helped create in 2008, was approving and funding charter schools that had been denied by the boards of education of local school districts. Four Republicans and two Democrats, including Alisha Morgan, sponsored the constitutional …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
If approved, the measure would allow Georgians to vote in November on a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the state's power to approve charter schools.
The Senate on Wednesday tabled House Resolution 1162, which would allow Georgians to vote in November on a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the state's power to approve charter schools. Ever since a May 16 Supreme Court of Georgia ruling dissolved the commission that approved 16 state-commissioned charter schools, proponents of school choice–like Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell)– have worked to reverse the 4-3 ruling that left a number of charters scrambling to find ways to open their doors in time for the start of the 2011-12 school year. Austell Rep. David Wilkerson issued a statement about his opposition to the resolution on Feb. 15. Nine days later, the American Federation for Children released Wilkerson's answers to …