Georgia Charter Schools Association applauds Gov. Nathan Deal for signing House Bill 430 on Thursday. Under the new law, charter schools will receive dedicated facilities funding for the first time in Georgia’s history.
Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is pleased to welcome Aarti Sharma as Vice President of New School Development. In her new position, she will oversee the only charter school incubator in the state of Georgia. Georgia Charter Schools Association believes Sharma will bring her expertise in state and local laws and the authorization process to GCSA’s successful incubator program.
Georgia’s public charter schools will receive dedicated facilities funding for the first time ever under legislation approved on Thursday by the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 430 also creates new minimum standards for districts that authorize charter schools. The provisions, which were included in House Bill 430, were based on recommendations made by the Governor’s Education Reform Commission in 2015 and strongly supported by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and numerous education reform organizations.
“This legislation is a positive step forward for public charter schools in Georgia and will help them ensure the best possible educational experience for tens of thousands of children,” said Tony Roberts, president and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association. “We want to thank Representative Buzz Brockway and Senator Fran Millar for their leadership on this important issue and the members in both chambers who put children first and voted yes on this important legislation.”
Congratulations to Keith Jackson for winning the Reach for the Stars (Teacher of the Year) Award. Jackson is a 4th grade teacher at Centennial Academy. “It has been my esteemed pleasure to serve the Centennial family community,” said Jackson. “I am happy to know that I am able to make a difference and change the […]
Georgia Charter Schools Association is pleased with the unanimous vote on Georgia House Bill 430 today by the Senate Education and Youth Committee. The bill gained committee passage by vote of 6-0 with bipartisan support. “Public charter schools play a critical role in the education of thousands of children throughout our state. While we remain hopeful that they […]
The purpose of the town hall is for panelists to discuss what charter schools and other school choice options mean for black and minority families in Georgia, Atlanta and the nation. This dialogue comes just before Martin Luther King Day in the heart of Atlanta’s historic civil rights community and is particularly timely due to the recent Charter School Moratorium Resolution approved by the NAACP’s National Board of Directors.
The Georgia Charter Schools Association wants to congratulate the Savannah-Chatham Public School Board for approving the Susie King Taylor Community School (SKTCS) during its Nov. 9 meeting. SKTS is scheduled to open in fall of 2017, pending state authorization. The K-8 school is the fifth locally approved charter school in the Savannah area and will […]
For Immediate Release: Sept. 30, 2016 ATLANTA – The Georgia Charter Schools Association applauds the Charter Schools Division of the Georgia Department of Education for putting together a strong application for the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP). The Georgia Department of Education has announced it has been awarded a more than $25 million Charter Schools […]
On November 8th, Georgians will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment related to how “chronically failing public schools” are governed. Governor Deal’s “Opportunity School District” (OSD), which passed out of the Georgia General Assembly in 2015 by the required two-thirds majority, is currently receiving a great deal of media attention across the state.
Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) has prepared this document for charter school supporters to better understand the intent of the policy.
First and foremost, while the OSD is a significant piece of K-12 education policy, if passed, it will have little to no impact on current charter schools. At the same time, much of the media attention being given to OSD incorrectly attempts to link OSD with existing charter schools. For this reason, we recommend you know the facts about OSD.
For Immediate Release: Aug. 19, 2016 ATLANTA, Ga. — Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) supports the Georgia Board of Education’s decision to close Macon Charter Academy (MCA). Charter schools promise to be self-governing, innovative, and accountable for higher student achievement, while also managing their financial and operational affairs with the highest fiduciary standards. GCSA […]
New Schools for Georgia, Georgia’s Charter School Incubator, is seeking applications from mission-driven teams to develop and expand rigorous, innovative, and high-quality school options in Georgia.
Through the Incubator, New Schools for Georgia works with five new or replicating charter school teams each year to provide highly-focused, personally-tailored training and support for school leaders and governing boards. New Schools for Georgia works with school founding teams in three distinct phases: Incubation, Year Zero Support, and Ongoing Support.
Georgia Charter Schools Association disagrees with conclusions that have been drawn by the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding theft that reportedly occurred at Latin Academy in Atlanta. GCSA also opposes editorials that have been written based upon the AJC’s misleading framing of the matter.