Parents who want a charter school in Buckhead think they have a shot at changing Superintendent Erroll Davis’ mind on the subject.

In a letter emailed on July 12, Atlanta Classical Academy Matthew Kirby said vote will be rescheduled for August. The vote had been scheduled for July 1.

“On July 1, 2013…at the 11th hour…with the help of APS board members and administrators, we encouraged the Superintendent to pull his NO recommendation (and the board’s vote) from the APS board meeting agenda. In effect, we have been granted an opportunity to get to YES,” Kirby wrote in an email to supporters. “Your ACA Launch Team continues to work towards the next regular APS board meeting which is August 12th. We think we can get an approval! What has gotten us this far is a world-class plan and community support.”

An APS spokeswoman said on July 18 that Davis has not yet issued a recommendation for the August meeting.

Here is the full letter from Atlanta Classical Academy:

Dear Friends of ACA,

An update as you head into the weekend:

On July 1, 2013…at the 11th hour…with the help of APS board members and administrators, we encouraged the Superintendent to pull his NO recommendation (and the board’s vote) from the APS board meeting agenda. In effect, we have been granted an opportunity to get to YES!

Your ACA Launch Team continues to work towards the next regular APS board meeting which is August 12th.

We think we can get an approval! What has gotten us this far is a world-class plan and community support.

We will give you a rest, but we will (again) encourage you to contact APS board members and the Superintendent (again) in August leading up to the vote.

IT’S ALL ABOUT TALENT

We continue to receive applications from amazing teacher and administrator candidates. We have over 120 who have expressed interest, and they appear to be outstanding. (We will only hire about 40.) Thinking positively, we are eager to start the staffing process shortly after approval. We have said it before…we have an opportunity to create a unique K-12 environment, and APS students will be the real winners when we do.

…AND A TIME-TESTED ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY

We have added a page that briefly outlines Atlanta Classical Academy’s academic plan. We will provide more details in time. This page should be informative, and we hope it will get you thinking more about classical education.

The classical approach is difficult to communicate in a sound bite. Believe me, I have tried. Let me humbly suggest how you might learn more about it.

First, talk to parents who have placed their children in classical environments. You will find a rapidly growing group that is passionate about the benefits they see in it for their children. From the Moms and Dads who were not classically educated (and that is most), you will hear frequently, “This is the education I wish I had had.”

You might also read a little and compare what you have read to your own experience, then read more. We have given you resources to get started.

AIM OF CLASSICAL EDUCATION (AND WHY WE ADORE IT)

Young or old, there is a richness that accompanies a knowledgeable person with a ‘well-ordered mind’ and habits of excellence. It looks a lot like happiness. Incidentally, this is also the stuff of successful professional careers.

Happiness that flows from strong mind and character can be contagious, and in the right environment, self-perpetuating.  The end result (as we have seen at our model schools across the country) is waves of graduates prepared to pursue any course of study and to take their place as sovereign citizens in our great city, in our great nation.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Matthew Kirby and ACA Launch Team