The AJC is reporting that in all likelihood, the Druid Hills Charter will again be denied by the DeKalb school board.
A renewed proposal to convert a cluster of public schools to private management is garnering the same negative assessment from DeKalb County school administrators that it got the first time around.
Superintendent Michael Thurmond is recommending that his school board again deny a request by a group of parents and educators who want to create a “charter cluster” using existing public schools in and around one of the wealthiest parts of the county.
The school board voted 5-4 to deny an earlier petition by the group, which sought to place Druid Hills High School and six feeder schools under under a private nonprofit organization with its own board of directors. Approval would have put about 5,000 students in the hands of a governing board whose members were not elected by voters in the way a regular school board is.
The proposal was a hot-button issue in the recent school board election, and the outcome for three incumbents — one won; two lost — was consistent with their votes on the petition and sentiments in the areas they represent. One incumbent in north DeKalb who voted against the petition was rejected by voters. Another in south DeKalb who voted the same way was spared. A third, also in south DeKalb, who voted for the cluster, lost the election.
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In addition, Maureen Downey, of the AJC’s Get Schooled blog, posed the question, “Druid Hills: Could its charter cluster idea fare better with APS?”
This is interesting. Druid Hills is debating joining the city of Atlanta, which could shift thousands of DeKalb County students to Atlanta.
According to the AJC:
Residents in the Druid Hills neighborhood, one of the oldest and wealthiest communities in the Atlanta area, will soon consider a key question about their future: Should they stay or go?
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