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Atlanta School Board To Vote On Drew Charter School Expansion

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ATLANTA(CBS ATL/WAOK) – The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education is expected to vote tonight on a proposal to allow Drew Charter School in southeast Atlanta to expand from PreK-8 to PreK-12.

Superintendent Errol Davis says he is against the expansion because it would take students away from a city high school system that already has 6,200 vacancies.

Parents, however, are excited at the prospect of keeping their kids in what so far has been one of the top-performing charter schools in the state. Several parents held a rally Sunday at the school to generate support for the cause prior to the Monday vote.

“The way students have excelled here has made it a school of choice,” said parent and PTA President Charisse Richards. “When you find something good, you want to stick with it.”

Charter schools are publicly funded so that any child in the Atlanta Public School system can attend them, no matter where they live within the district. Davis has expressed concern that a new charter high school would further deplete an already sparsely-populated high school system.

The school board has the final say on the expansion. The board is expected to vote on the matter tonight at its 6 p.m. meeting.

Written and Submitted by: Asha Staples

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