You may remember from last week that Utopian Academy in Clayton County was denied the ability to open and teach its 200 students because of a lack of a fire inspection from the City of Riverdale.
This should not be surprising given the bumps in the road for this one charter school to open. Three denials from Clayton County Schools only to be finally approved after a Constitutional Amendment that would allow the State to authorize charter schools.
Today there was victory for Utopian. A State Superior Court judge ruled that the city of Riverdale should do the inspection so the school can open. In his own words, courtesy of the AJC, “The city needs a trigger to get the inspection done. I’ll be the trigger. Get the inspections done.”
This was the last thing that anti charter folks could do in Clayton to keep this charter school from opening. And it took a state judge to order officials in Riverdale to perform the inspection.
As I said in my last post on the matter, this is shameful. The people of Clayton County want more charter schools. The 72% vote in favor of the Charter School amendment showed that. It’s about time for some of the politicians in Clayton county to be more responsive to the wants and needs of their constituents.