APS – GA DOE Questions Legality of Superintendent Davis’ Recommendation to Deny Atlanta Classical Academy Charter Petition

In an article last night in the AJC by Mark Niesse,

…the head of the Georgia Department of Education’s Charter Schools Division, Louis Erste, said Davis’ position may run afoul of a state law that requires charter schools to be approved if they meet legal requirements and are in the public interest. “It’s based on a relatively flimsy argument, and it could be illegal,” Erste said. “You can’t punish brand-new schools because of a mistake made in the past.” [Emphasis added]

As noted here in a prior post, Superintendent Davis is recommending that the BOE not approve the Atlanta Classical Academy charter petition. While the administration has stated that the petition is worthy of approval, Davis is recommending that no charter petitions be approved until the unfunded pension litigation is resolved (see here and here for more background).

The final decision on the ACA charter petition will be made by the BOE this coming Monday. There is a significant amount of additional information and number of questions the BOE should consider prior to making its decision.

The questions I would want answered to make a fully informed decision are here.

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