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State grants Ivy Prep two-year charter

ATLANTA -- After its rejection earlier this year by the Gwinnett County Board of Education, Ivy Prep Academy was approved Thursday for a two-year state charter.

The State Board of education granted a charter to the Norcross-based all-girl school during its regular board meeting, a move that school founder Nina Gilbert said "will allow us to continue to educate our students in peace."

On Jan. 19, the Gwinnett County Board of Education voted to reject a charter extension for the school's local campus as well as a proposed new location.

The decision came after a district charter review committee cited "significant deficiencies" including its financials and curriculum as well as the school's vision.

Gilbert said the school has since addressed the concerns raised by the district's review committee.

"The state did a thorough job of having us address each area," Gilbert said.

According to documentation from the state board of education meeting the two-year charter was granted in order to "give Ivy Prep a chance to make a transition from its current management company to self-management ... Ivy Prep has demonstrated strong student achievement despite the unpredictable revenue stream received under each successive charter."

Ivy Prep started in 2008 as a state-chartered special school. The facility was later approved in 2009 by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

After the Georgia Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional that created the commission, Gwinnett County Public Schools granted Ivy Prep a one-year charter in 2011.

The document from Thursday's board meeting states that the recently granted two-year charter "will allow the school to implement their new strategic plan, including a transition to self management, and focus on becoming a highly sustainable charter school."

Gilbert said the state charter will begin during the 2012-13 school year.

"We want to continue to have Ivy Prep in Gwinnett as an option for parents," Gilbert said.

Comments

LarryMajor 2 years, 2 months ago

Now that we all know the state CAN still approve charter schools, you might want to question the credibility of those who claim it isn’t possible without changing the constitution. While some of you are swallowing your reality pill, the transition to self-management was required because Ivy Prep’s administrative expense is a crushing 32 percent – over three times the amount budgeted by a typical school system.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 2 months ago

People will continue to spread misinformation just like in the news story about Ms. Radloff seeking re-election. The statement was made that it was funny that Savannah Arts Academy, a charter school, was the number 1 school in Georgia. The only problem... Savannah Arts Academy isn't a charter school. It is a magnet school ran by the local school system.

People never let the correct information stand in the way of their point.

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NewsReader 2 years, 2 months ago

As to the methodology and metrics, SO! As to the top 10%, SO! 10% of ignorance is still pretty ignorant. As to being governed by the local school board, SO! As to Savannah Arts Academy being Magnet instead of Charter, also SO! It was, and lost Charter Status because they were wise enough to figure out that “Hey, maybe we do need some admissions criteria!” Well Duh! As to there being an Admissions Criteria? SO! There should be. Kids that should get into GSMST can’t because some entitlement driven parent wants Little Johnny to go there when Little Johnny has behavioral issues and should be on an IEP and has little chance of success if he does attend there. So, yes, it is a Magnet School. Anything else Smart One?

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 2 months ago

So let me make sure that I understand you...

  1. You think the Constitutional amendment to allow the state to force creation of charter schools is a good thing.

  2. You think that charter schools are a bad thing because they can't use admission requirements.

  3. The aim of charter schools is to improve school achievement among populations that are having trouble in school. However, you think we should deny the kids that probably need the most help in school so that the ones who are doing fine in public school can attend?

  4. You portray a school as a charter school when it really isn't to make your argument stronger about charter schools being good... and then when I point out it isn't a charter school you don't care?

You've resorted to name calling when people provide logical arguments against charter schools. You make no effort to refute their arguments with information that would prove them wrong.

I don't have a problem with anyone having an opinion. I just wish that it would be an informed opinion instead of spewing hate because you dislike the current system.

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NewsReader 2 years, 2 months ago

OK LoganvilleResident, why don’t you try paying attention instead of telling people what they think? You can always recognize a liberal idiot when they start off with “…you think…” Don’t tell me what I think! 1. The issue is and always has been about appropriation of funds. This isn’t an Amendment to allow Charter Schools. This is an Amendment to allow funding to be channeled to Charter Schools. I think the money should follow the child – period. 2. It absolutely hinders the educational process by allowing anyone and everyone into the school. If the child isn’t so successful in any other public school, why should you allow him/her to bring down the rest of the best and brightest? If you think that is OK, then you are beyond stupid. 3. Where did you determine the aim of a charter school is to improve achievement among people that are having trouble in school? The aim of a charter school is to provide alternative educational opportunities. GSMST was never created to improve achievement among people that are having trouble in school. GSMST was created to afford the best and brightest an opportunity to be challenged and foster their critical thinking skills. 4. For all intents and purposes, a charter school by any other name is still a charter school. We all know what the differences are. 5. And last, I don’t have a problem helping children that needs more help than the average child. I do have a problem slowing down the curriculum for the best and brightest so that Little Johnny can feel good about himself. And for the most part, every time I see a child act like an idiot, it usually comes back to and apple/tree scenario.
It annoys the crap out of me and everyone else when a pompous liberal windbag such as yourself tries to act like they know it all and know what is in the best interest of the rest of the population. What is in the best interest of the population is to allow the people to decide for themselves what is in their own best interest. Just out of curiosity, what have you invested in the way of time to justify your profound knowledge of the public school system?

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

you should sit down with paper and pencil, if you are a public school scholar, and divide the total budget for the public schools by the number of students. your answer will shock you even more. Cheaper to go to a private school. I do agree with you that something is wrong with this scenario. We were told only a Constitutional amendment would allow these schools. I guess we have also learned something else that we have forgotten- politicians lie and do whatever they want to. That is why you must vote- but never re-elect.- Demo or GOP

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NewsReader 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's something for you to ponder LarryMajor. Wise people speak because they have something to say. Fools speak, because they have to say something. In short, you really didn't have anything to say. Standard protocol between you and your twin, Jan!

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BuzzG 2 years, 2 months ago

Good luck to Ivy Prep. There are a lot of people out there who want you to fail, people with a vested interest in the status quo. I will be cheering for you.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

The people you talk about that are invested in the status quo are the unions and the long time staff that is paid very well and receive fat pensions, and do very little since their bosses are too scared to fire them. They sit on the payroll forever.

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allison2011 2 years, 2 months ago

As a parent of a child in the Gwinnett County School System and a Gwinnet taxpayer, let the state fund the charter school. Half those girls that go to that school do not live in Gwinnett. Why should my tax money pay for children to attend a school whose parents don't even pay into the county?

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ssilover1 2 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't Ivy Prep encouraged to improve their curriculum and also to get their administrative costs into acceptable range and then reapply? If they didn't do either, how can anyone support their getting our tax dollars? Support for other charters continues. They must be doing something right. New Life Academy is supported.

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