State education reformers are relying on charter schools. But opening a charter is hardly easy. Witness the new charter school in Middle Georgia. Problems arose soon after the Macon Charter Academy opened in August.
The Defense Department is taking a look at how it educates military children. And two Georgia military bases are part of the study. The department's education officials will be looking at graduation rates, test results and community involvement at Ft. Benning in Columbus and Ft. Stewart near Savannah.
Tybee Island has its first public school in 25 years. The Tybee Island Maritime Academy is changing the image of this beachfront community. It's attracting students from around the country and around the block.
The deadline is approaching for charter school operators to submit applications to run independent public schools authorized by the state. Prospective operators must hand deliver or mail their requests Georgia's Charter School Commission by the end of Friday. The deadline marks the latest milestone in the state's expansion of non-traditional public schools.
An official with the State Charter Schools Commission says as many as 25 schools could petition the panel for state approval by Friday. That's the deadline for charter school backers to get in applications to a new state agency. The process is open to people who want to set up their own taxpayer-funded schools but have been denied by local officials.