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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
By Dr. Tony Roberts During the campaign to pass the Charter Amendment, there were predictions of doomsday for public education from all over the state if the Charter Amendment passed. Four months later, I have not seen any signs of the sky falling for district-operated schools. During the campaign, the Superintendent of Richmond County schools [...]
When a charter school closes because it has failed to meet the academic goals set out in its charter, it’s disappointing, but as every charter school knows, accountability and performance are the “rules of the road.”
Dr. Michael Moore, Professor of Reading at Georgia Southern University, may need to reread HR1162 and reconsider his judgment that it is bad for teachers. First and foremost, this bill is not even about teachers. It is clearly about giving parents and students more opportunities to choose public charter schools to meet their needs.
In your report “Georgia House passes charter school measure” on February 23, several erroneous statements were made by Muscogee Schools board chair Cathy Williams. I am hopeful that these were unintentional and reflective of the fact that Muscogee School District, while having three conversion charter schools, does not have a single independent, start-up charter school.
Sen. Fort says HR1162, which calls for a constitutional amendment, is not about charter schools and is not needed. He is half-right: it is not just about charter schools, but it is actually needed for the well being of ALL our public schools. He also creates the fear that if HR1162 passes, our public schools will suffer, taxes will increase—no good will come of it.
For years I have enjoyed Dick Yarbrough’s writing, but his latest column “Why isn’t anyone talking about for-profit charter schools?” deserves a response. To answer his question in brief, no one is talking about for-profit charter schools because there is no such thing in Georgia. As required by Georgia law, all charter schools in Georgia [...]
The score in Georgia on Wednesday was 110-62, but nobody won. No, I’m not talking about a ball game, but the single most important piece of legislation (HR1162) our state has ever seen to continue the growth of high quality charter schools.
President/CEO Tony Roberts writes: The Georgia Charter Schools Association, the Colorado League of Charter School, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently completed the first in-depth study of independent “start-up” charter school facilities in Georgia. The results paint a disappointing picture.