Thanks to a Get School poster who sent me a note today that the case of the poaching school had been resolved. Back in the spring, Atlanta Public Schools filed suit in Fulton County Superior Court seeking to stop Riverwood International Charter School — a Fulton high school that sits in Sandy Springs just over Atlanta’s northern boundary — from recruiting city students.
The issue in contention was funding since the APS students who moved to Riverwood brought along their funding. In its lawsuit, Atlanta alleged that Riverwood was recruiting and enrolling students from Sutton Middle School and North Atlanta High School, which it maintains violated state law. (Here is one of my first posts on this story for deeper background.)
The tip led to this new AJC story:
Atlanta and Fulton County have tentatively reached agreement to end what Atlanta officials said was the systematic recruitment of students away from city schools.
The agreement comes in response to a lawsuit filed this spring by the city system over a Fulton high school’s enrollment of students who otherwise lived within Atlanta’s boundaries. At stake: State funding that follows students when they move from one public school to another.
It would allow about 100 Atlanta students currently enrolled at Riverwood International Charter School to stay and complete their education, spokespeople from both systems said. But it would bar new enrollment by city students unless the two systems reach a formal arrangement.
The agreement must be approved by Fulton Superior Court Judge Michael D. Johnson.
Riverwood, which has about 1,400 students, is a conversion charter school, which means it operates under the purview of the Fulton school system but with greater freedom from the rules.
The school’s charter agreement allows the school to accept out-of-district students on a cost reimbursement basis. That means it can charge tuition to make up for costs that otherwise would be paid for with local tax dollars. Riverwood is charging some Atlanta students $8,000 a year in tuition.
The Atlanta system filed suit in May. The suit followed a ruling in April by the Georgia Department of Education, which said Fulton needed to have a memorandum of understanding with the city school system in order for Riverwood to enroll Atlanta students. The two systems have no agreement now.
Fulton officials have said the school has not enrolled any Atlanta students since receiving the Education Department’s letter in April.