In the EastAtlanta.Patch, Tris Sicignano makes another eloquent case for “… A Senior Academy At Drew Charter”. The key quotes are:
APS has a 54 percent graduation rate across the board, and for African American males that graduation rate falls to 34 percent. On the other hand, students who have graduated from Drew Charter school have a 78 percent graduation rate.
For students who partake in the CREW Teens program coordinated by Drew Charter, their graduation rate is 94 percent.
Of all elementary and middle schools in Georgia with 60 percent+ low income students and 60 percent+ African-American students, Drew ranks:
- No. 1 of 301 elementary schools in Georgia (93rd of 1,176 elementary schools state wide regardless of demographics)
- No. 1 of 134 middle schools in Georgia (98th of 479 middle schools state wide regardless of demographics).
The best interest of the students dictate that the Drew Charter should be approved. As I have noted in the past, the financial results dictate that the Drew Charter should be approved.
To the Board of Education – this is a huge test. Will you side with the best interests of the students affected or side with another “reform initiative” just like the ones that have failed so miserably in the past?