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Macon Telegraph: State commission approves arts charter school in Macon

Karla Redding-Andrews

DREAM Academy’s charter petition was approved unanimously Wednesday by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia.

The academy’s organizers withdrew a petition to the Bibb County school board in February, saying they would instead apply through the state commission. The move would allow for a statewide attendance zone for the school, which will have a focus on the arts.

“On behalf of the DREAM Academy Board of Directors we are pleased that SCSC has exhibited belief and confidence in our program integrating music and arts in a community whose mark is just that — music and the arts,” DREAM Academy board Chairwoman Karla Redding-Andrews said in a release. “We look forward to creating this opportunity for the students and families in middle Georgia and beyond.”

The school is expected to open as a school for kindergarten through sixth grade students in August 2017 and would add a grade each year until it serves students through the 12th grade. With the charter commission’s approval in hand, school leadership can begin enrolling students, acquiring or constructing buildings and hiring staff. It would be the third charter school in Macon.

The release didn’t indicate a potential location.

The state school board has the authority to overturn any SCSC approval, but that generally doesn’t happen. Matt Cardoza, the state Education Department’s chief communications officer, said the state board is expected to review and affirm the decision at its Sept. 22 meeting.

“We will be recommending the SBOE affirm today’s SCSC charter approvals,” Cardoza wrote in an email.

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/news/local/education/article99041407.html#storylink=cp

13WMAXZ: Macon Dream Academy approved by the state

Karla Redding-Andrews

MACON, GA.-- - While Macon Charter Academy closed its doors Wednesday Dream Academy got approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia.

Otis Redding's family is backing the school they are calling the Dream Academy.

"My father was really an advocate of education. He was really an advocate of music and the arts in the schools,” says Redding’s daughter, Karla Redding-Andrews.


The Dream Board is hoping to promote Redding’s love for music and education through the Dream Academy. It is something Andrews has been working on for years.

"The first thing to go in the schools is the music and the arts. If you look at most studies they have proven that if kids are exposed to music and the arts at an early age they're more successful in their education systems,” says Andrews.

Wednesday Dream Academy was unanimously approved by the state commission, but they still need a location. Once that is complete, they hope to open as a Kindergarten through sixth grade school.

"We initially intend to start the school year with 360 kids. That's what we hope. We'll build out of course to 690 by the time we get to twelfth grade, but we'll start K through sixth initially and build from there,” says Andrews.

With some recent Macon school closures Andrews says they have learned and are planning to take a different approach.

"To garner the support of the community and to make sure that the parents understand that we are committed to the child. It is all about the importance and the success of the child,” says Andrews.

It is all in hopes of fostering the music and art talents of our local children. The Dream Academy hopes to be open by August of 2017 if they can find a location. If not Karla Redding-Andrews says they will push the open date back to 2018.

Now that the school has been approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia they can start enrolling students, finding buildings and hiring staff.

http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/macon-dream-academy-approved-by-the-state/312160033

Press Release: DREAM Academy Approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

Karla Redding-Andrews

DREAM Academy Approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

School Approved Unanimously at Wednesday’s Commission Meeting

August 31, 2016

Contact: Karla Redding-Andrews, 478-742-5737foundation@otisredding.com

DREAM Academy’s charter petition was unanimously approved Wednesday by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC).

“On behalf of the DREAM Academy Board of Directors we are pleased that SCSC has exhibited belief and confidence in our program integrating music and arts in a community whose mark is just that—music and the arts. We look forward to creating this opportunity for the students and families in middle Georgia and beyond” said Karla Redding-Andrews.

Now that DREAM is approved, its Board of Directors and Support and Resource Team (DREAM Team) will begin pre-opening activities including student enrollment, initiation of facility acquisition or construction, leadership and staff hiring, and generating support through community and family partnerships. DREAM Academy will be a public charter school of choice and is proposed to open as a K-6 school in August 2017, and expand by a grade level each year until it reaches grade 12. 

The guiding mission of DREAM Academy is to expand student access to structured, sustained, and effective education and programming paired with music, creative arts, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Founders and partners are led by the belief that this collaborative model can enhance the public education and community program opportunities in Middle Georgia by offering a unique learning environment embracing and integrating the arts, higher education, community, and industry partnerships.

A special press conference/town hall meeting with the express purpose of updating all interested parties— media, parents and community shareholders—on the approval and recent DREAM developments will be held at time and location to be announced in the coming weeks.

Updates and developments can be found on our website/social media regarding this exciting opportunity for students and families in Middle Georgia: www.dreamacademycharter.org