For Immediate Release
May 6, 2016
ATLANTA – Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is pleased Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 895, sponsored by Rep. Rahn Mayo, D-Decatur, into law on Tuesday, May 3, 2015. GCSA believes the new law will bring more accountability to charter school finances and the directors who oversee them.
Georgia Charter Schools Association worked closely with Rep. Mayo, House and Senate leadership and the Georgia Department of Education to address financial oversight concerns expressed by a number of state lawmakers before the start of the 2016 legislative session. GCSA believes greater financial accountability is needed for not only charter schools but for all public schools in the state of Georgia.
The newly signed law requires financial training for those in charge of finances at charter schools. It also clearly separates the duties of the head of school and those that oversee a school’s finances and requires charter school boards to receive at least two hours of financial oversight training.
The Georgia Charter Schools Association is the nonprofit membership organization for Georgia’s public charter schools and petitioners. Its mission is to advance awareness of high-quality 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. GCSA also provides programs and services that advance student achievement, school accountability and professional learning for charter school leaders.
Contact: Michelle Wirth
Director of Communications
Georgia Charter Schools Association