I just heard (via Twitter) the Cherokee School Board rejected a charter application from Cherokee Charter Academy by a vote of 4-3. Cherokee Charter Academy is one of the schools threatened by the Supreme Court’s ruling against State charter schools. The school is scheduled to open this fall.
Earlier in the day Galloway reported that Cherokee County Schools said they’d be happy to comply with an open records request, just as soon as they received a check for $324,608.52. Apparently, AG Olens is looking into the matter.
It is my understanding, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, that a couple of Cherokee County School Board members were tossed out over the charter school issue. It looks like that battle isn’t finished.
UPDATE: Canton Patch has a report from the School Board meeting. Cherokee Charter Academy would open with 975 students. They wanted $6.8 million and it appears the School Board rejected the application because of that cost. I wonder though, what does it cost Cherokee Public schools to operate a school of 975 students? More or less than $6.8 million?
UPDATE 2: According to these folks, Cherokee spends $7438 per student. Of course that includes special needs students who cost much more so the cost for the general student population is somewhat less. However the CCA request works out to be roughly $6975 per student which doesn’t seem out of line. Why not just offer CCA a smaller per student amount rather then reject the application outright?
UPDATE 3: Coweta rejected a charter application from Coweta Charter Academy. Coweta Schools said the charter school didn’t perform well but the school said they did.