For the first time in Georgia, parents and teachers will decide whether to convert a group of public schools into an autonomous “cluster” of charter schools, potentially setting a precedent to be copied in other areas.
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Charter cluster proposal
The vote for a petition on a Druid Hills Charter Cluster is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium of Druid Hills High School, 1798 Haygood Drive N.E., Atlanta.
Teachers and administrators at the seven schools — Druid Hills High, Druid Hills Middle and Avondale, Briar Vista, Fernbank, Laurel Ridge and McLendon elementary schools — each get one vote. Parents with children living within the attendance boundaries get one vote per child.
To vote, photo identification is necessary. Parents must bring I.D. or report cards for their children. For those parents with children not attending the seven cluster schools, proof of residency within the cluster is also required.
If 60 percent of voters approve the petition, it goes to the DeKalb County Board of Education. If the board approves it, the petition goes to the state. The petition, available at www.druidhillschartercluster.org, would set academic performance goals that must be met to maintain the five-year charter contract. In turn, the charter gives the local governance board autonomy and control over local and state tax revenue.