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School board approves expansion of Drew Charter School

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The Atlanta School board unanimously approved the charter for Drew High School on Monday night.

Parents like Princetta Miller and Dena Releford are among the parents who have fought for the school.

"It is a dream come true. I want nothing but the best for my children," said Miller.

"I'm so excited, I'm about to cry -- literally," said Releford.

Drew Charter School has been a bright spot in southeast Atlanta's East Lake neighborhood for years. The school boasts itself as the number one ranked elementary and middle school in the state among schools with enrollment with 60-percent low income students. Parents said that adding a high school would mean having educational support all the way to graduation.

The school is publicly funded so that any child in Atlanta can enroll no matter where they live in the district.

Just last month, Superintendent Erroll Davis opposed the expansion, saying there were too many empty seats in that district to warrant another high school. However, Davis changed his mind on Monday.

"This does represent a success story for this district," said Davis. "On the high school that I would recommend approval without reservation."

The board gave the school a five-year charter contract. Drew also received permission to increase enrollment in K-through-8th grade by 400 students.

The proposed high school would open in 2013.

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