Ga. Charter School Parents Claim State Board of Education Was Misled

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Monday, May 14, 2012

But the state responds that it had all the information requested from and offered by Fulton Science Academy Middle School.

A day after the state Board of Education refused to grant a charter to Fulton Science Academy Middle School, 100 or more individuals identifying themselves as FSA parents accused state employees and the Board's own charter committee of having "intentionally impeded, stonewalled and misrepresented FSA."

Louise Erste, director of the Charter Division at the state Department of Education was singled out.

"I believe Erste misinformed and misled the Board down a path that was politically motivated and unfair," was one of the complaints.

These claims are similar to what has been said in comments made on articles and a letter to the editor on Roswell and Alpharetta-Milton Patch.

Patch user "Terry" made a related complaint on May 8, after the denial recommendation by the state Charters Division was revealed: "The amount of fires they have had to put out due to inaccurate information and unsubstantiated rumors from the FCSS and now from Mr. Erste at the state level, is incredible. It is easy to make baseless claims without knowing all of the information," the comment stated in part.

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