Published Friday, November 23, 2012

Charter School transfers

Assuming the charter school amendment will stand, either through court approval or through another referendum, I think it is important that our local school board and administration make it clear that rules for transferring apply equally to state charter and county school students.

Once a student’s parents opts out of the county school system in favor of a state-supported charter school, that school should be considered his or her school of record just like a student assigned to a county school. Both are funded by taxpayers.

It is my understanding that other than by moving, a county school student can only transfer from one school to another if his or her assigned school falls short of state and national standards and if there is an opening at the school to which he or she wishes to transfer. The same rules for county school students who are suspended or expelled should apply to the state supported charter schools. Our county school system should not be allowed to be a dumping ground for undesirable charter school students.

A charter school student should not be given priority over a county school student who wishes to transfer.

Dennis Thompson, Newnan

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