GCSA believes that strong and ethical governance is the backbone of charter school autonomy and success.
It has been said that more charter schools fail due to poor governance than for academic reasons. That’s why it is critical that all charter schools fully understand and commit to the responsibilities, transparency and stewardship required to operate public schools, to receive and administer public monies, and to prove themselves deserving of the public trust.
To this end, Georgia law now requires that all charter school board members complete 15 hours of governance training annually, and that returning board members complete 9 hours. All governing board members must adopt and sign a code of ethics and thoroughly understand its conflict of interest provisions.
Within 3 months of State Board of Education (SBOE) approval, every charter school is required create an annual governance training plan for its board members and must disclose its progress in an annual report to the SBOE. Failure to comply can result in probationary status or termination of the charter.
GCSA – A Provider of Governance Training
As a state authorized provider of governance training classes for locally approved charter schools and for schools approved by the State Charter Schools Commission, GCSA offers a wealth of resources to help governing boards meet their training and compliance requirements. See the full menu of GCSA governance training resources here.
We have provided some resources to help founding boards understand their various legal roles and responsibilities when governing a charter school and to provide samples of sound policies.
- 160-4-9.06 Charter Authorizers, Financing, Management, and Governance Training
- GCSA Overview of Requirements: Charter Authorizers, Financing, Management and Governance Training
- Guidelines for Charter Authorizers, Financing, Management, and Governance Training
- Charter School Governing Board Conflict of Interest Provisions
- Proposed Charter School Code of Ethics
- Proposed Charter School Conflict of Interest
- 2014 Charter School Renewal Memorandum
- State Charter Schools Commission Governance Trainings
- Starting Strong: Best Practices in Starting a Charter School
- Legal Obligations of Operating a State Charter School as a local LEA (for SCSC schools)
- State Charter School Reporting Timeline (for SCSC schools)