Monday, March 18, 2013

Dunwoody Charter School Cluster Option


Latest Updates (as of 3-20-13):  
  1. Kingsley: Jim Redovian and Pam Tallmadge will be guests at the next Kingsley Charter Council meeting on April 2 at 5:00 p.m. in the media center to discuss the letter of intent that is being circulated for signature among Dunwoody Cluster school councils which opens the door to start the conversation.

  2. Dunwoody High School community (including parents, teachers & community members): please complete the survey sent out by the DHS School Council via DHS News.  Click here for the survey.

  3. Vanderlyn's School Council will meet Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m. in the conference room. Special guests Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian will present the concept of creating a charter cluster for all DHS feeder schools. 

  4. Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian are visiting the School Council or Charter Council for each school in the Dunwoody Cluster with a Letter of Intent for their consideration. These meetings are open to the public; check with your school to see when they will have this discussion. 
Latest news from "Concerned Parents of Dunwoody".

A group led by Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian is exploring the Charter Cluster model as a possible local control option for Dunwoody area public schools. The first step of the exploration is a non-binding Letter of Intent to be filed with the State and County Boards of Education.

The Letter of Intent proclaims that the community will consider, research, and petition for Charter School Cluster status during the next year. To that end, working committees will form to address all the considerations of a locally controlled cluster. The Letter of Intent is not specific to the structure and goals of a charter cluster, merely a proclamation that the community wishes to consider this avenue.

What is a Charter Cluster? The following links provide details about legislation, guidelines, and other information:
  • Georgia Department of Education: Click here.
  • Code Section Code Section 20-2-2064 of the Official Code of Georgia: Click here.
  • Guidelines for Charter School Petitions, DeKalb County: Click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Pam Tallmadge (pamtallmadge@comcast.net) or Jim Redovian (jim@redovian.com).

9 comments:

  1. I thought the deadline to file a Letter of Intent was in February. Will an exception be made to allow Dunwoody to file late?

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  2. If the decision is made to go ahead with the charter cluster AND the BOE approves, it would be for the 2014-2015 school year.

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  3. Will a Charter Cluster have more autonomy or the same as what PCMS has now?

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  4. My belief (because I am not Pam Tallmadge or Jim Redovian) is that the structure of the Charter Cluster would allow more autonomy than is now afforded in our conversion charters, PCMS, Kingsley and Chesnut. We'll have to wait and see down what form of governance will be requested.

    The Druid Hills High School cluster has already begun their efforts at requesting to become a Charter Cluster. Here is the link to their website:

    https://sites.google.com/site/druidhillscc/home

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  5. Latest update from http://dunwoodyparents.org:

    Pam Tallmadge and Jim Redovian are visiting the School Council or Charter Council for each school in the Dunwoody Cluster with a Letter of Intent for their consideration. These meetings are open to the public; check with your school to see when they will have this discussion.

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  6. @Dunwoody Mom, I attended the info meeting at Druid Hills High School for their charter cluster petition. They stated that the letter of intent was due February 2013, the charter petition is due in August 2013, and that if the charter was approved it would take effect in the 2014-2015 school year.

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  7. I plan on attending one of the meetings with Mr. Redovian and Ms. Tallmadge so I am sure we will hear more of their plans. They will be meeting with the Vanderlyn school council on Monday, March 18th.

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  8. Dunwoody Mom...I realize you haven't attended the meetings, but do you know how moving to a charter cluster might impact the teachers within the cluster?

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  9. No, I'm sorry I don't have any information regarding impact on teachers, though I am hopeful this move, if approved, would be good for all involved. I believe we will learn more when/if we get to the Charter Petition "stage".

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