Atlanta, GA – Alisha Thomas Morgan, former State Representative and staunch advocate for high quality charter schools, has been named Executive Director of Ivy Preparatory Academies. During her time in the state legislature Ms. Morgan was a co-sponsor of the 2012 Constitutional Amendment, which allowed for an alternate state authorizer to open charter schools denied by local school districts.
Morgan is a Broad Fellow and is among an elite group of individuals who lead some of the nation’s largest urban districts and charter school networks. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Drama from Spelman College and is earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University.
The Ivy Preparatory Academies have three schools, two all-girls and one all-boys. The schools, which are approved by the State Charter Schools Commission, serve more than 1300 students in metro Atlanta.
“I remember my floor speech about the ‘Little Girls In the Green Jackets’ who, like all Georgia students, deserved quality public schools that met their needs,” Morgan stated in a statement announcing her new role. “After advocating for Ivy Prep as a state legislator for many years, it feels like coming home to now serve as their leader. My work as a public servant and education reformer has prepared me for this moment. I am looking forward to partnering with parents, the community, and our stakeholders as we make Ivy Prep a proof point for what is possible in public education.”
Dr. Tony Roberts, CEO of Georgia Charter Schools Association, stated, “I am elated to learn that one of the strongest advocates on behalf of charter schools and education reform under the gold dome will now lead the Ivy Prep Academies. Alisha’s passion for student achievement was very evident in her work in the state legislature. We look forward to working with her and the leadership team at Ivy Prep as she brings this same bold leadership and passion to work on behalf of the students in the ‘green jackets’.”
The Georgia Charter Schools Association is the non-profit membership organization for Georgia’s public charter schools and petitioners Its mission is to advance awareness of public charter schools, communicate charter school needs to state and local officials, support legislation to strengthen public charter schools in Georgia and build partnerships, collaborations and grassroots support for charter schools. GCSA also provides programs and services that advance student achievement, school accountability and professional learning for charter school leaders.