Fulton County Charter School Denied Extension
FULTON COUNTY – (WAOK/AJC) A south Fulton academy for young men has been rejected for a bid for a local charter. The decision was made Tuesday night by the county’s school board. But during the same meeting, the Fulton County school board approved the application of the new Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. The decision left Fulton Leadership Academy officials dejected and critical of the board’s 5-2 vote against extending the Atlanta school a local charter, a designation that would have given the 320-student school $2.6 million in local funding. The academy is a state charter school, operating on state funding that is now in jeopardy. Fulton County schools superintendent Robert Avossa told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Fulton Leadership Academy’s curriculum, which emphasizes technology and offers single-gender education, duplicates programming available at traditional Fulton schools. By contrast, Chattahoochee Hills’ focus on science, arts and agriculture is something new. The school is also located by an organic farm near Palmetto, giving students a chance for a “hands-on experience.” It will open in the fall of 2013 with a projected 270 students and $2.2 million in local funds.