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
Join CINS as we host our annual Town Hall with the APS Superintendent for the Grady Cluster of Schools community. Dr. Meria Carstarphen will introduce members of her team, provide a brief update on APS, and then participate in a question and answer session. To ensure that the issues of greatest importance in the Grady Cluster are addressed, CINS will submit questions in advance to the Superintendent. If you would like to include your questions, please submit them to email@example.com by March 6th (Friday) midnight. Questions will also be taken from the floor.
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/
Grady Cluster Planning Session
Monday, March 9, 2015
Grady High School Cafeteria
Parents, teachers, students, and community members please plan to attend this IMPORTANT Grady Cluster Planning Session to discuss the development of our Grady Cluster Plan and give your feedback. Each APS cluster is charged with coming up with a Signature Theme. Based on the information provided by the APS parent/teacher survey from last fall, the Cluster Advisory Committee is considering the following options for our theme: IB (International Baccalaureate), College Preparatory/AP and STE(A)M.
It is critical that we have feedback from all stakeholders to help us understand how we can move forward as a cluster and best serve ALL of our students in our schools.
Additionally, we will learn more about the Charter System and how that model will affect our Grady cluster schools.
For additional general information, including advisory committee notes, please click here:
To learn more about International Baccalaureate (IB) please click here:
Grady Cluster - IB Presentation
We hope to see everyone on Monday night!
For more information, send an e-mail to: OperatingModels@atlanta.k12.ga.us
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