Members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods focused on two issues at their Thursday meeting: finding new funding sources for transportation projects and developing solutions to help improve Atlanta Public Schools.
Charter School Possibilities
The members decided unanimously to partner with other Atlanta neighborhoods and organizations to find school choices within APS, according to a report from the Buckhead Neighbor.
Council President Jim King said the council would reach across Atlanta to educate individuals about charter school options, tapping outside expertise to provide information.
According to news reports, members said that with the recent support from voters of the charter school amendment, charter schools may become more of a reality in North Atlanta.
Attorney Glenn Delk, who represents historic Brookhaven, said he would like to request that the APS Board of Education issue requests for proposals from charter operators “to compete with (Superintendent Errol) Davis,” Neighbor reported.
The vote and discussion of charter schools followed a conversation about the
Finding Money for Local Transportation Projects
District 8 Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean presented a solution of partial penny taxes since the recent Transportation Investment Act or TSPLOST referendum failed this summer. The TSPLOST referendum, had it passed, would have taxed metro Atlantans 1-cent per dollar spent in sales.
Adrean suggested that taxpayers would pay “partial pennies” instead of a full penny per each dollar.
“If we had partial pennies and share pennies, we might be able to make progress on issues plaguing the city and affecting your quality of life,” Adrean said.
She admits that the plan of “partial penny” taxes won’t solve the entire problem of funding local transportation projects, but is a start.