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 the CINS Winter Grants Cycle is underway. Thank you for your patience. 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.
Upcoming Community Meetings
CINS Annual Town Hall with APS Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen
Wednesday March 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Morningside Elementary School Auditorium
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 |firstname.lastname@example.org
CINS Bylaws can be found HERE
Follow the official blog of Dr. Meria Carstarphen, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, http://atlsuper.com/
Thursday February 19, 6:30 PM
Inman Middle School Auditorium
Presentation can be found HERE
A meeting with Superintendent Carstarphen, Principal Bockman, Larry Hoskins (COO), Greg Middleton
(Assoc. Superintendent), and Matt Westmoreland (Board Member) took place on Thursday, Feb. 19th in the Inman auditorium to discuss the overcrowding decisions covered in this LETTER.
If you have questions or comments please email Inmancommunity@atlanta.k12.ga.us
Grady Cluster: Planning & Charter Conversion Meeting
March 9, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Grady High School, Murray Auditorium
Join the APS Cluster Planning and Charter System Application Conversation!
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) needs your help in developing our district’s cluster plans and charter system application. Through these formal APS sessions, parents, students, employees, and community members will learn more about the charter system and provide input on future plans for our clusters and schools.
For more information, send an e-mail to: OperatingModels@atlanta.k12.ga.us
Grady Cluster Planning Committee Meeting, Hope Hill Elementary Media Center
Friday, February 6, 2015
8:30 a.m. - noon
The Grady Cluster Planning Committee is comprised of Principals, PTA and LSC representatives from all of the Grady cluster schools. As Atlanta Public Schools is moving to “Signature School Cluster Plans,” this committee is charged with helping develop the signature theme for the Grady Cluster. These meetings are open to the public - all are invited to attend and observe the committee's work.