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Old 08-15-2010, 04:21 PM
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My grandson is supposed to go to Coan Middle School. He's coming from an excellent charter school in New Jersey. I heard that one can change districts if the school doesn't meet state standards. But Coan is one of the schools under question in the 2009-10 school year cheating investigation. It looks to me like Coan meets state standards, but this isn't taking into account the cheating issue. How can I get him into the Decatur school district (which is very close by) without moving? Is it even possible? Thanks very much for your help.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:34 PM
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I would say you've got a slim to none chance of making that work. Maybe (just maybe) you could get him moved to another school within the Atlanta Public Schools system if the cheating investigation gets legs, but you'll never get him into the City of Decatur school system without living there.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:36 PM
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Thanks so much, Bob!
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:02 PM
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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According to the City of Decatur's website, slots of tuition students is closed.

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Old 08-15-2010, 06:22 PM
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GA I believe passed a law whereby you can change schools within the same district but you probably need to meet certain deadlines and space needs to be available in the receiving school. However, if the school does not meet AYP I think for 2 years (refer to federal laws on this) then they must offer transfers to another school in same school district that does meet AYP.
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:41 PM
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Thanks for all the helpful information, folks!
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:35 PM
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You would have to stay in APS to change schools. But it looks like the deadline has passed for administrative transfers (Atlanta Public Schools | Student Transfers (http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/18611051103459947/site/default.asp - broken link)). The good news is that Coan is not on the needs improvement list (Atlanta Public Schools | No Child Left Behind (http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/18611010817919160/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=55985 - broken link)) and it is not one of the 12 schools flagged as clearly having systemic cheating problems. Having lived in the area, I can say that it has improved immensely over the past few years. The first time I went in the school around 2000, it felt like a prison. Most recently around 2009, it was an entirely different place. Clean, bright, and the students appeared both well-behaved and happy to be there. I can understand your concerns about your grandson going there, though. I still have many friends in the area who are involved in the schools and I could put you in touch with them if you wanted more info on the state of things at Coan today. DM me if you want.
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