This school works

The Covington News - - OPINION - Mar­teeta Spradling, Cov­ing­ton

Dear Ed­i­tor,

My chil­dren at­tend Ge­or­gia Con­nec­tions Academy, a pub­lic, free “vir­tual” char­ter school. I was in­ter­ested in this pub­lic school op­tion be­cause it gives them a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion that I can be di­rectly in­volved in and mon­i­tor.

You see, I serve as my chil­dren’s “learn­ing coach,” the in­home per­son who helps keep them ac­count­able for their as­sign­ments and dili­gent in their stud­ies. The class­room is any­where there is the in­ter­net. Though a vir­tual school, field trips are still sched­uled so that stu­dents can in­ter­act with their fel­low class­mates and teach­ers.

It’s a won­der­ful pro­gram which is open to fam­i­lies from any county, and gives a cer­ti­fied state ed­u­ca­tion. Their diploma will look just like any other Ge­or­gia diploma!

So, I’m writ­ing to say “Thank you.” Thank you to the Gov­er­nor, the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, and Leg­is­la­ture for pro­vid­ing fund­ing for char­ter ed­u­ca­tion. Thank you to all the par­ents, ed­u­ca­tors, stu­dents and com­mu­nity lead­ers who spoke up and said this pro­gram was needed for stu­dents across the state who are aca­dem­i­cally gifted, need ex­tra as­sis­tance, want or need a flex­i­ble sched­ule, or seek an al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional class­room. This school works.

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