Even without legal representation, Macon Charter Academy co-founder Monya Rutland thought it was important that she keep trying to keep the school open. The school lost its charter at a hearing before the state school board last Thursday.
Mercer University President Bill Underwood tends to keep his personal politics away from his professional affairs, but he made an exception Monday. In his address to students at the annual fall convocation, Underwood said he needed to use his own views as an illustration for a speech on intellectual freedom.
With the news that Macon Charter Academy will probably close at the end of the month, other schools are preparing to take in additional students. On Thursday, the state school board voted to terminate the school’s charter, with the closure set for Aug. 31.
Before heading to Atlanta for a hearing Thursday to determine if the school’s charter will be terminated, Macon Charter Academy leaders gathered students in the auditorium for an assembly. Monya Rutland, MCA co-founder and governing board president, said she wanted to keep the “MCA scholars” in the loop about the process.
On Thursday, Macon Charter Academy leaders will appear before state officials with the school’s future on the line. The termination hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the State Board Room, located at 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE, 2070 Twin Towers East in Atlanta.
The Bibb County school board is set to vote Tuesday on a contract with a company that would provide live-streamed teachers. That option would be used when a teaching position is vacant or perhaps in the case of a long-term teacher illness.
Bibb County schools will be adopting a new curriculum for sex education beginning in the 2017-18 school year. District leaders hope that curbing teen pregnancy can help boost attendance and graduation rates.
Fort Valley State University is offering a new major with implications in local business. The recently-approved bachelor’s degree of business administration with a major in supply chain and logistics management is now available.
Macon Charter Academy has been accused of enrolling new students, despite that being forbidden by the school’s probation. MCA was placed on probation by the state education department last fall based on a variety of “governance and management issues” at the school, which included a ban on recruiting and enrolling new students, according to an email from Stephanie Hartley, communications director for Bibb County schools.