Reposted from ‘Dunwoody School Daze‘ blog >>
Chamblee Charter High School has now joined other Conversion Charter schools (Peachtree MS, Kingsley ES, Chesnut ES) in requesting a Charter Term Extension due to the new rules the State BOE has put into place regarding Charter Schools.
Based on the Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s treatment of the Druid Hills Charter Cluster request, it is my best guess that DCSS will not grant conversion charters the autonomy the State BOE now requires. And unless, the State BOE changes course, they will not approve a Charter School petition without the new rules now in place. The State BOE continues to offer delays for School System Autonomy contracts, so who knows.
Below is an update from Chamblee HS on their charter petition:
CCHS submitted a renewal petition in October 2014. However, the State Board of Education approved new charter school rules and guidelines shortly after the petition was submitted. These new rules and guidelines became effective immediately and impacted key charter issues such as substantive autonomy, governance board training and revealed differences between DCSD and the State.
CCHS has requested a charter term extension of one year, to allow the District and CCHS to further collaborate and plan for the substantive autonomy sought by CCHS, in accordance with the new State Board of Education Rules and Guidelines. DCSD has formally approved the charter extension. and we are awaiting State approval of this extension at their May meeting.
What does this mean to CCHS?
CCHS will operate under its current charter for the 2015-16 school year an updated renewal petition must be submitted by CCHS by August 14, 2015, if we want to continue as a conversion charter school beyond 2015-2016, CCHS parents and faculty must approve the updated renewal petition if we want to continue as a conversion charter school