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New Charter High School to open in 2011

Atlanta, GA-- KIPP,which stands for Knowledge is Power Program will be opening its fifth public charter school in Atlanta in 2011.  Although it is Kipp's fifth school, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate will be its first high school among its repertoire of middle schools.

All of our readers have probably seen KIPP Strive that was opened in the West End in 2009, and continues to grow 1 grade level every year. In fact, KIPP Strive now has 100 fifth graders and expects to have 320 through grade 8 by 2012.  Executive director David Jernigan said that the focus of charter schools is to equip students in underserved communities with the skills they need to go to college and obtain career success.

The difference of a KIPP charter school from other public schools is that the teachers have freedon to express original ideas and parental involvement is encouraged and promoted to make student education a community-oriented endeavor.

Atlanta Homeowners Get City Hall Action on Water Bills

ATLANTA -- Looking for answers on why Atlanta water bills have doubled and tripled, angry and frustrated homeowners from 10 Buckhead communities took their issues to City Hall and the Mayor's Office.

The homeowners met for more than two hours Monday night with Atlanta Watershed Commissioner Rob Hunter, and many say they just got round-about and indirect answers.

After an hour long meeting Thursday at City Hall, Atlanta's Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman says the Mayors Office is now taking a direct role is what's happening to homeowner water bills and meter readings.

"I am personally leading this initiative to develop a new plan for Watershed. I will be personally supervising and involved," Aman said.

"We clearly are not delivering the level of service to our citizens that they deserve and there is no question that the City is going to make an aggressive attempt to figure out what is going on," he added.

Reed: State Should Slim Down Workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says that the state should eliminate another 10 to 15 percent of its workforce over the next 36 months.

Reed on Wednesday told a panel weighing an overhaul to the Georgia's tax code that the recesssion-wracked state must continue to reduce the number of state jobs in "a drastic and politically painful fashion."

The Democrat made the remarks in front of Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue who noted that Georgia's workforce has shrunk to roughly the same size as it was in 1999.

Reed said the city of Atlanta has shed 25 percent of its workforce since 2008 and more cuts could be needed.

Reed urged the tax panel to consider eliminating may special interest tax exemptions, some of which he voted for as a state senator.