The Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools, founded in 1978, represents the four elementary schools (Hope/Hill, LIn, Morningside, Springdale Park), two K-8 charter schools (Centennial Academy, Intown Academy), middle school (Inman) and high school (Grady) that serve the cluster of schools known as the Grady Cluster. Each year, CINS awards grants totaling thousands of dollars to teachers in our cluster schools.
We are excited to announce that CINS has awarded more the $6,000 in Grants to our Grady Cluster schools for the 2014-15 year. Please see HERE for a listing of the Grants and Recipients.
Please see the Grants page for more information.
CINS mission is to work with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) to foster the development of safe, quality education, in the Grady cluster of schools. To meet this goal, CINS conducts monthly meetings of parents, school administrators, and Board of Education members to explore resources, identify critical issues and seek solutions to problems.
IB Information Session and Q&A/City Wide Town Hall Meeting
Please see HERE for the presentation provided at the meeting.
If you would like to see a live stream of the video - please follow this link,
http://new.livestream.com/k12aps/events/3931259/videos/82358647 or view on CINS Facebook page.
Join Atlanta Board of Education At-Large representatives with APS staff, parents, and students for a presentation and panel on the International Baccalaureate Program Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:30pm in the CLL Auditorium.
Download the informational flyer here.
Please join CINS in thanking Claire Suggs, Senior Education Policy Analyst for the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, for her very informative presentation on the Georgia State Budget and how it impacts our children’s education. And also please thank our legislative representatives and Board of Education representatives for taking time to join our community meeting last Wednesday, January 28th, and to help answer questions. The GBPI presentation can be found HERE.
Also of interest are the following House Bills and Claire’s opinions on these bills. [Please note that Claire’s opinions do not represent the opinions of CINS, but are her personal and professional opinions.]
“CINS group members and parents may want to monitor and consider contacting their legislators about HB 170, the transportation bill. If you haven't had a chance to see it yet, it basically narrows the tax base for SPLOSTs by removing gas tax revenue from it. School districts, municipalities and counties can still have SPLOSTs but they won't be able to tax gas through it as they do now. How much this will hit ESPLOST revenue varies district by district but many districts are heavily dependent on it. Here's a LINK to an analysis by GMA on the amount of revenue counties, municipalities and districts raised in FY2014 from gas taxes. Revenue to districts is about one-third of total tax collected. While the exact dollar figure isn't known, this is not a good thing for APS or any district.
The other bill that parents might be interested in is HB 100. It would raise the age requirement to enroll in kindergarten to August 1 in 2015-2016 and to June 30th in 2016-2017. My assumption is that this is in response to accountability. Given how rising expectations and accountability is pushing down to kindergarten, my guess is that some districts and teachers are worried that they may be penalized for kids who are developing at a slower rate. However, this seems to me to be an awfully blunt tool to address that. Kids develop at very different rates. Some kids may be ready for kindergarten at 4 while others kids aren't ready at 5. It would make more sense and be more student-centered if each child was assessed. Given the sponsors of this bill, (education leaders plus Terry England), my guess is that this one is going to move.”
To contact Claire Suggs, Senior Education Policy Analyst, you may write or call to:
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
100 Edgewood Ave, Suite 950
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404.771.7735/404.420.1324, ext. 105 |email@example.com
CINS Bylaws can be found HERE
Follow the official blog of Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, http://atlsuper.com/
Grady Cluster Planning
Below is the link to the Grady Cluster Planning website that has meeting agendas, notes, presentations, and all of the hand-outs from March 9th. The Cluster planning site has a link to a short follow-up survey from the March 9th meeting. All members of the Grady community are invited to take the survey. All input is appreciated.