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NEW School in the West End!!!

It’s true! The West End will soon be getting a new Charter school. WHOO HOO!!!  I’m so very proud and excited about this. Not to mention, I’m considering sending my home schooled kids there.

Congrats Kindezi! I look forward to helping you continue to succeed 🙂

Please see the note from one of the founders, give your best wishes!:

Hello friends and family,

Last night, during an excruciatingly lengthy Atlanta Board of Education meeting, Kindezi School, the charter school I’ve been working on for the last 4 years, was approved–crazy idea though it is. 4 charter schools, 3 representing much more well-established and far wealthier charter school groups, were denied at the same meeting. One other was approved besides us. I’m personally amazed. For me this is something like what winning at the Olympics must feel like. I’ve never worked so hard on anything in my life or cared about something so deeply.

The school will open its doors in fall 2009 in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta. It will have just six students in a class and will be run by a teacher cooperative. It will be an Arts and Leadership program. Now we get a chance to prove what I have believed for a long time: most children should be educated in family-sized groups. The family is the historic unit of education since before history–not the factory. That’s what Kindezi means to me–going back to a time when people wouldn’t imagine structuring education like a Ford factory. I still can’t quite believe we’re going to be given this chance!!

Thank you to everybody who has helped me/us along this path with expertise, connections, money, encouragement, and love. I could have never done this without an extraordinarily supportive community… most especially the most understanding and supportive parents one could wish for. Thank you to those who believed I could do it against all odds.

I realize that this is really just the beginning of the hard work that needs to be done. But I’m not alone. I’ve got a great team and an amazing founding partner, Kathleen Jones, and we’re up to the task.

Now I’ve got to get back to my students who are very excited for me today. We’re having kind of a party day, which just might be the real reason they’re excited.
Much love and thanks to all of you,


Nia Knowles

Realtor, Community Advocate, Mother, Leader, Innovative Thinker, Idea Generator,

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