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11 Charter Schools Will Be Allowed To Open

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ATLANTA (WAOK) – Thousands of children attending a dozen Georgia charter schools and their parents are getting some welcomed news-their charter school will be allowed to open this fall after all.

The schools went before the state Board of Education for approval Tuesday. A state Board of Education Charter School Committee recommended had already recommended that 11 campuses be allowed to open in August. That’s just six weeks after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the commission that created the schools was unconstitutional.

According to the AJC nine schools will receive state and federal funding for students, but no local funding.  They are: Atlanta Heights Charter School and Heritage Preparatory, both in Atlanta; Cherokee Charter Academy; Coweta Charter Academy; Fulton Leadership Academy in south Fulton; Georgia Connections Academy and Provost Academy, both cyber campuses; Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and Technology in Bulloch County; and Patuala Charter Academy, which serves students in Baker, Clay, Calhoun, Early and Randolph counties.

Two other schools, the Museum School of Avondale Estates and Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross will open as fully funded local schools after receiving one-year local contracts.

Just last week several charter school advocates from across the country rallied at the state Capitol in support of the schools. The rally was the final event scheduled as part of the week long National Charter Schools Conference held in Atlanta. The conference featured former President Bill Clinton and Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker as guest speakers.

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