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Tony RobertsTony Roberts

Chief Executive Officer

Informative blog postings on critical issues facing the charter school movement by Tony Roberts, GCSA’s President & Chief Executive Officer. Tony has wide ranging experience in nonprofit management, resource development, advocacy, and government relations. He has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) since 1986 and a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

In Memory of Ben C. Jakes — May His Legacy Live On

posted on July 9th, 2015 by Tony Roberts  |  Read more  |  3 Comments »

By Tony Roberts Ben Christopher Jakes, a friend to youth, Founder and CEO of Destiny Achievers Academy of Excellence, and former board member of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, passed away on July 3, 2015 after a long battle with cancer at the very young age of 64. I say at the “very young age” […]

What About Charter Schools and the Proposed OSD?

posted on February 17th, 2015 by Tony Roberts  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

In the AJC article of February 12, 2015, “New plan for failing schools,” a list of 141 “persistently failing schools” is described based on the College and Career Performance Index. Mentioned in the article is that “Two state-approved charter schools are on the list of low performers as well.”  As a follow-up, Greg Bluestein posted […]

Guest Blogger: Bobby Jones’ Words Inspire Education Reform

posted on July 10th, 2014 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

The great Bobby Jones once said, “competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course — the one between your ears.” What’s at stake is way more than a 10-foot putt. That ‘five-and-a-half-inch course between your ears’ is what determines if a child will be successful, not on a golf course, but in life. Which […]

Guest Blogger: Andrew Lewis

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

Ray Charles’ Words Inspire Education Reform  Ray Charles, the great singer from Albany once said, “There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.” These words of limitless hope and inspiration come from a man who could have used life’s adversities as excuses, but instead was an innovator […]

To thine own heart be true…

posted on May 27th, 2014 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

By Kelly Cadman:  I am going back to the classroom.To those who know me well, you are probably not surprised at all, as children are and always have been my heart. I adore them and have missed them so much. I miss planning exciting and sometimes messy lessons, watching them master something difficult, discovering a […]

Guest Blogger Nina Rubin: Education is Everything

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

By Nina Rubin: Just last week I interviewed Zachary Jones, a Provost Academy sophomore from Brunswick, GA, for a story about charter school waiting lists. Zach is a young man with family problems who was, by his own admission, headed in the wrong direction. “I was hanging out with the wrong people, and just not […]

Guest Blogger Kelly Cadman: Inequity

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

By Kelly Cadman:  Those who know me well have heard me beat the drum for years LOUDLY and FREQUENTLY about charter school funding inequities. Why does this matter? Because a primary right granted under our state’s Constitution is for an adequate education for EVERY child. Our charter students, whose parents are local and state tax-paying […]

Tony’s Blog: The Debate Over Teacher Turnover

posted on September 4th, 2013 by Tony Roberts  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

A recent article in the New York Times, “At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice,” has sparked a good debate about the value of teacher longevity to student success. I noted that many charter school opponents quickly put a negative twist on the article by claiming that teachers in charter schools are inexperienced, overworked, underpaid—unlike […]

Guest Blogger Nancy Jester: Relinquish!

posted on May 20th, 2013 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

By Nancy Jester:   We’re all familiar with the old adage about doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results.  So why are we hiring District School Superintendents the same way and “governing” large school districts the same way?   Yes, we’ve seen Superintendents being hired from outside of the educational establishment, but […]

Guest Blogger Andrew Lewis: Public school options: A discussion too important to ignore

posted on May 15th, 2013 by Nina Rubin  |  Read more  |  No Comments »

By Andrew Lewis —  On a recent trip to Valdosta, I witnessed a community torn apart over the educational system, no differently than so many other communities big and small across our nation.  While there are numerous reasons why communities like Valdosta and Lowndes County struggle with their schools, the common theme is that far […]

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