Friday, March 23, 2012
STEM Inventors Academy is still a go as South Cobb's next startup charter despite a few obstacles in the last few months.
STEM Inventors Academy may have hit a few bumps in the road, but the organizers for this South Cobb startup charter are moving forward. Rep. Alisha Morgan (D-Austell), one of the planned charter’s organizers, said the group plans to create a nonprofit organization, which would be the leading partner of the school. The details for the nonprofit organization have not been solidified, Morgan said. SIM organizers plan to reapply for the Innovation Fund grant, which it was rewarded in January. The $50,000 in funds, which come from the state’s Race to the Top funds, were returned when the Cobb County School District decided against being the school’s leading partner. The school was planned for a fall 2013 opening, but Morgan said the school …
Monday, February 20, 2012
South Cobb Patch gets you up to speed on the incidents surrounding a potential STEM charter school in South Cobb.
So, what is happening to the planned K-12 STEM charter School in South Cobb? South Cobb Patch gives you the rundown on STEM Inventors Academy to get you caught up to speed. 2010- Nate Riley, a concerned South Cobb parent, brought the idea of a STEM charter school to South Cobb School Board member David Morgan. From this time until October 2011, Riley, Morgan and others (including Morgan’s wife, State Rep. Alisha Morgan) meet with staff of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University to begin planning for the charter school and to gain support. Summer 2011- Organizers contact the Cobb County School District about a partnership and to gain assistance for a planning grant application. September 2011- Board members …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
South Cobb school board member David Morgan talked of creating an award for principals as well as advocating for a model of excellence at his Saturday meeting.
The controversies surrounding Teach for America and STEM charter schools were not the main topics of conversation at school board member David Morgan's town hall meeting Saturday at South Cobb High School. Instead, Morgan unveiled plans to put two agenda items on the CCSD board meeting in March. About 15 residents were on hand to hear about a Principal of the Year award he would like to establish in the county school system at all levels. "What do we do for our principals? Do they get a new car?" asked Morgan, referring to the Cobb County and Marietta Teachers of the Year program, where winners receive a leased car for one year. "I would like something fair, rigorous, and just as high-profile for our principals as we have for our teachers…
Friday, February 17, 2012
Just over a month after being notified that they would receive $50,000 in grant money for a charter school, the Cobb School District was forced to decline the Race to the Top funds.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Although Cobb Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa signed an application for a $50,000 grant to be used toward creating a STEM charter school, the district might have to reject the money if it can’t find someone else to lead the project, Hinojosa s