Georgia Charter Schools Association

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Trends in voter attitudes towards charter schools

By Jamie Self OVERVIEW: Increasingly, Georgia voters express support for public charter schools. The more voters learn about what charter schools are and how they operate, the greater the support, regardless of the voters’ political party affiliation, race, gender, or age. In less than three years, public support for charter schools has increased almost ten […]

Single gender education: A strategy to help boys in urban charter schools achieve

By Aileen Dodd  OVERVIEW Nearly 2,000 Georgia public school students – most of whom are minorities – are learning in single-gender classrooms that use research on the emotional, physical and intellectual development of children to create a culture and curriculum that inspires students to achieve. These creative same-sex classrooms are housed in urban public charter […]

The option of charter school admissions preferences for Georgia’s educationally disadvantaged students

By Chris Adams OVERVIEW: One of the great education stories in Georgia has been the success of a distinguished group of charter schools dedicated to serving low and mixed-income students. This includes schools focused on closing the achievement gap for low-income students, like KIPP. It also includes schools with missions to educate diverse, mixed-income populations, […]

Inside a Rural Charter School District

Georgia Is a National Leader By Terry Ryan Introduction: One of the most innovative developments in American education during the last decade has been the reconceptualization of school districts and how they should be organized and managed. Neerav Kingsland, former CEO of New Schools for New Orleans, described this as a movement of “relinquishers.”[i] Relinquishers, according […]

School Choice Subcommittee Presentation (Education Reform Commission)

On May 4 2015, GCSA and other education advocates were asked to make a presentation to the School Choice Subcommittee of Georgia’s Education Reform Commission. GCSA’s president and CEO, Dr. Tony Roberts facilitated the presentation. Lisa Grover, senior director of state advocacy for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, provided a broad national view of chartering […]

Public Support for Charter Schools Ticks Up in New Poll

7 in 10 Americans favor charter schools WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new PDK/Gallup poll released today reveals that support for charter schools has ticked up to 70 percent in 2014 – up from 68 percent in 2013. The poll also found that a majority of Americans believe students at public charter schools receive a better education than students […]

Guest Blogger: Andrew Lewis

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 […]

PTO vs PTA: What’s the Difference?

The differences are bigger than you think! The technical differences between a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) are fairly simple. The National PTA is a formal membership organization headquartered in Chicago with a 105-year history. Local groups that choose to belong to the PTA must pay dues to the state […]

State Superintendent Candidates Questionnaires

INTRODUCTION & OVERVIEW TO QUESTIONNAIRE: Georgia Charter Schools Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership organization for Georgia’s charter school operators and petitioners. Our mission is to be an effective advocate, resource, and service provider for charter public schools in the state. Candidate for office understands Georgia Charter Schools Association may release my responses at any […]

Where Do the State Superintendent Candidates Stand on Charters?

The Georgia Charter Schools Association contacted all 15 candidates for State Schools Superintendent asking each one to complete a questionnaire specific to chartering in Georgia.  Of the 15 candidates on the ballot for the May 20th primaries, 9 candidates completed the survey, 1 candidate turned in an incomplete survey and 5 candidates declined to participate. Georgia […]

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