|Georgia Senator John Albers asks for resolution of Fulton Science Academy scandal|
UPDATED 12/20, 8 a.m.: As the Fulton County Schools System briefs media about charter schools, state Sen. John Albers and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers asked for a resolution to be found in the Fulton Science Academy Middle School charter application conflict.
“The academic achievement at Fulton Science Academy is a real success story. As a nationally recognized Blue-Ribbon school, and with the highest test scores among Fulton middle schools for an amazing four consecutive years, the students, parents and teachers should be commended and supported," the state senators said in their joint statement this afternoon.
"The issuance of a new charter for this high performing school should not be the subject of educational factions but rather a common goal for everyone who claims an interest in Fulton County students," they said.
The two men want an end to the disagreements, with a resolution found in time for the school board's meeting Tuesday night. The school board lists issues as the length of the charter requested–10 years initially compared to the school system's three years–and problems with what it terms a blanket waiver of Title 20 requirements. Those include teacher and professional staff certification rules.
The school's governing board agreed to be specific in its Title 20 waiver requests, ending that as an issue with the school system.
Some local residents complain about ties Fulton Science Academy appears to have with Grace Institute for Educational Research and Resources. A look at board members shows some governing board members for Fulton Science Academy have been Grace Institute board members. (Editor's Note: Accessing this link requires a free registration on Guidestar.org.)
However, Principal Kenan Sener said that while he and Ali Ozer had been non-compensated Grace Insitute board members in the past, they resigned last summer to end any confusion. He said that has not been an issue with Fulton County in the charter renewal application.
"We urge the interested parties to commit to finding a resolution in the next 24 hours. The future of our children is at stake. When the community considers the success of this school, we should all demand the disagreement between adults come to an end and a solution for the students be implemented,” they said.
Alpharetta-Milton Patch will continue to post updates on the Fulton Science Academy charter application status.
MEANWHILE....the gulen political machine has managed to turn a few Americans in Alpharra Community against the Fulton Country Board of Education by pestering local politicians.
Excerpt of article:
Lawmakers Criticize Fulton Board for School Charter Denial
Charter schools opened by Turkish Americans have come under increased scrutiny nationally due to allegations that they are being financed in part by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic Turkish preacher of a moderate brand of Islam.
The letter was signed by Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock, Sen. John Albers of Roswell, Sen. Judson Hill of Marietta, Sen. David Shafer of Duluth, Rep. Chuck Martin of Alpharetta, Speaker Pro-tem Jan Jones of Milton, Majority Whip Edward Lindsey of Atlanta, Rep. Joe Wilkinson of Sandy Springs, Lynne Riley of Johns Creek and Wendell Willard of Sandy Springs.
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