Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 15, 2014

Charter School informational meeting is Tuesday

AMERICUS — Organizers for the group Furlow Charter School Inc. will host a  a community interest meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Blackshear Regional Library. The grouped formed in 2013 with the goal of opening a charter school in Sumter County. Furlow Charter School will be a public school with open enrollment for all residents of Sumter County.

“The mission of Furlow Charter School is to offer a different approach to public education by encouraging critical thinking and multi-disciplinary learning through an active and engaging education; Furlow Charter School is committed to fostering cultural awareness, social responsibility, and academic excellence through family and community involvement in the development of life-long learners,” stated a recent press release from the organization.

Georgia currently has 314 operating charter schools. Georgia law has allowed the creation of charter schools within school districts for 20 years. The start-up charter, however, is more recent and a constitutional amendment in November 2012 affirmed the earlier 2008 law. An article in the October 2013 issue of Georgia Trend notes that charter schools result in “slow and steady improvement, with students from poor families, black students and Hispanic students benefiting the most.”

Recently the founding board of Furlow Charter School presented a petition to establish a charter school to the Sumter County Board of Education.

The anticipated an opening date is August 2015, with plans to serve kindergarten through eighth grades. The five-year plan includes adding an additional grade each year, resulting in K-12 in five years.

 

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