For Immediate Release
January 11, 2019
Dr. Bonnie Holliday to Serve as GCSA’s Executive Vice President for Policy and External Relations
ATLANTA – Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) welcomes Dr. Bonnie Holliday, outgoing Executive Director of the State Charter School Commission, as its Executive Vice President for Policy and External Relations.
“We are thrilled to add Dr. Holliday to the GCSA team,” said Dr. Tony Roberts, President and CEO of Georgia Charter Schools Association. “Her primary work will be development and implementation of effective legislation and policies on behalf of charter schools. She will also manage our external relationships with partner and government entities to ensure alignment on GCSA goals and initiatives. She will be a key resource and partner to our member charter schools throughout the state.”
“I am leaving one great organization and joining another,“ said SCSC Executive Director Dr. Bonnie Holliday. “While I’ll miss working directly with state charter schools on a regular basis, I look forward to supporting charters in a new way. I’m excited to join the GCSA team, and I’m confident the SCSC staff and commissioners will continue doing great work long after I’m gone.”
Holliday has served as the Executive Director of the State Charter Schools Commission since the agency was established in 2013. Under her leadership, the SCSC approved 35 state charter schools serving approximately 32,000 Georgia students. Holliday led efforts to move state charter schools to a new accountability system. The new framework provides a more accurate depiction of how charter schools are serving students by taking different types of student performance such as proficiency and growth into consideration. State charter performance also improved during her tenure at the commission; currently more than 50 percent of state charter schools are academically outperforming their comparison districts.
“My fellow commissioners and I would like to thank Dr. Holliday for her years of leadership at the SCSC,“ said SCSC Chairman Tom Lewis. “Under her guidance, the SCSC has established itself as a beacon of hope for thousands of Georgia families seeking educational options. She has shepherded the growth of dozens of charter schools, always prioritizing quality and doing what is best for Georgia’s students. This is a loss for the SCSC, but we are grateful for the strong foundation built by Dr. Holliday and that she will continue to use her voice for Georgia’s students.”
Prior to leading the SCSC, Holliday was Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. Holliday has also held a number of other key positions including serving on Governor Deal’s Education Reform Commission in 2015 and First Lady Sandra Deal’s Children’s Cabinet. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education, a master’s in Language Education and a doctorate in Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. Holliday will begin her new role at Georgia Charter Schools Association on Monday, January 14.
About Georgia Charter Schools Association
The Georgia Charter Schools Association is a nonprofit membership organization for Georgia’s public charter schools and petitioners. Our mission is to advocate for, foster and support autonomous, high-quality charter public schools throughout Georgia. We believe every child in Georgia should have equal access to a high-quality, transformative public education.
CONTACT: Michelle Wirth
Director of Communications
Georgia Charter Schools Association