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Atlanta charter school seeks to expand into high school

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ATLANTA -

Parents of children at an Atlanta charter school are preparing for a showdown Monday with the Atlanta Public School Board.

The successful Drew Charter School would like to expand to include a high school, but the APS superintendent is against the idea.

Sunday, parents rallied at the school to show support for the idea. Parents are asking the school district to approve the high school and extend their charter for another seven years. The expansion would be funded by private donations.

Drew Charter School boasts itself as the number on ranked elementary and middle school in the state among schools with enrollment with 60-percent low income students. Parents say adding a high school would mean having that support all the way to graduation.

Superintendent Errol Davis argues that expanding the school will come at a cost. He recommends against the expansion citing that 6,200 seats are currently empty at existing high schools in the district.

The school board plans to take up the issue Monday.

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