Education Notebook: Petitions bring state charter school association to Macon

April 7, 2013 

After receiving a bevy of charter school petitions from the Middle Georgia region, the Georgia Charter Schools Association will hold meetings in April to educate the public about charter schools.

The organization has received six charter school petitions from the area, and representatives will be in Macon April 22 and April 25 to discuss charter schools and the process of opening them, according to a news release.

Tony Roberts, president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, will speak from 6-8 p.m. April 22 at Lundy Missionary Baptist Church at 2081 Forest Hill Road. The freen event is open to the public.

An additional class, Charter Development 101, will be held from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 25 at Lundy Missionary Baptist Church. The class is $75 to attend with group discount rates available. To register for the event, call (404) 550-9401 or visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/6C75H38.

Racism expert to visit Georgia College

A racism researcher from Pennsylvania State University will speak at Georgia College & State University about the different types of racism in today’s society.

Robert Bernasconi, a professor of philosophy who is well-known for his studies on racism, will speak in the Arts and Sciences auditorium April 9 at 3:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

In the early 1990s, Bernasconi developed an interest in the concepts of race and racism. He has edited and written many articles on race, racism, slavery, African philosophy and related topics, according to a news release.

Mercer conference gets $1 million boost

With the help of a $1 million donation, Mercer University’s Center For America’s Founding Principles held last week its sixth annual conference, which focused on the work of philosopher Adam Smith.

Mercer alumnus and former trustee A.V. Elliott made the donation, prompting organizers to name the event the A.V. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas. The event featured eight experts on Smith, who is best known for his economic theories, according to a news release.

Middle Georgia State to host health expo

Middle Georgia State College’s Warner Robins campus will host a health exposition and blood drive 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 23 in Oak Hall.

The community event, dubbed “Live Life, Give Life,” includes vision, blood pressure, dental, cholesterol and chiropractic screenings, according to a news release. It also will feature a blood drive, a CPR challenge, a Fatal Vision program and Zumba classes. The event is free and open to the public.

-- Jenna Mink

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