Charter school funding a hot topic at APS board meeting

12:02 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA, Ga. --- Parents are putting pressure on the Atlanta Public Schools Board concerning charter school funding.

Many parents at the Monday night Board of Education meeting held up orange signs saying the following: charter school kids make up 7% of the Atlanta Public School district; they get 4% of the money; and they are 0% a part of the strategic plan.

Last summer, APS decided to withhold nearly $3 million dollars from charter schools to fund the district's pension program.

The charter schools sued and in December a judge ruled APS was in the wrong and needed to give that money to the schools. APS has decided to appeal.

Tonight's crowd totaled nearly 200 -- many were charter school parents, waving orange flyers, protesting that decision, urging the board to release what they owe.

While the charter school parents made their case, so did a group nearly equal in size demanding the board not close Kennedy Middle School.

They bemoaned that the board had turned two groups of parents against each other. One local activist said, if charter schools think they don't get enough funding, they should be careful what they wish for.

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