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Student at closing charter high school: "It feels like nobody cares about me.'


Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale brought her video camera to a meeting last week in Gwinnett with Ivy Prep parents, students and officials over the decision earlier this month to close the single gender charter high school on Oct. 30.

Ivy Prep decided to shutter its high schools in Gwinnett and DeKalb due to insufficient enrollment and ongoing financial challenges. There are 90 students in the two schools, which offered a blended learning model. Ivy Prep continues to operate its middle and elementary schools.

Tisdale operates the blog AboutForsyth.com . She often films government meetings and candidate forums and posts the videos. Tisdale was asked to stop filming inside the Ivy Prep meeting, but spoke to students and parents afterward.

Here is one such interview with a student and her mother. The 18-year-old is a senior who has attended the single gender charter school since sixth grade.


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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.