During the past several months, the CCSD has denied and rejected several charter school petitions. The one before them presently is the Smyrna Academy of Excellence which will face an up or down vote on June 28th.
This initiative to prepare a much larger percentage of South Cobb students for academic success and a more promising future as a high school graduate differs markedly from previous petitions. First, it is a true community driven effort with nearly 1900 parents and business supporters. Second it is not a profit-driven project by an EMO. Third, it is innovative in its development plan and has a sound financial structure.
The Smyrna Academy of Excellence petition seeks to address the principle challenge facing parents in South Cobb. 43% of 9th grade students in South Cobb did not graduate in 4 years.
The Smyrna Academy of Excellence petition is not burdened by self interest or the desire to profit and should be supported by the Board. I am a member of the Governing Board for the Smyrna Academy of Excellence and support this effort without any reservation.