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Gubernatorial Candidates Support Quality Charter School Growth

Atlanta, GA, Sept. 18, 2014 –  The growth of public charter schools remains an issue in the upcoming Georgia elections. Two of the three gubernatorial candidates, Governor Nathan Deal (Republican), and Andrew Hunt (Libertarian) expressed support for expanded charter school options by completing a questionnaire fielded by the Georgia Charter SchoolsAssociation (GCSA)  Asked about the role of independent public charter schools in […]

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 […]

Watch the State Superintendents Candidates Forum

On January 31, 2014, the GCSA Charter School Leadership Conference held a forum featuring six of the declared candidates for Georgia State Schools Superintendent.  We are pleased to share the video with you. Meet the candidates, hear what drives them to serve, and find out where they stand on charter schools and school choice. 

Top Advocacy Goals for the GCSA

Promote legal advocacy to protect and enhance legislation that extends and protects the rights of charter schools, including equitable per-pupil and facilities funding for charter schools.

Why the Georgia Supreme Court Erred in Ruling the State Charter Schools Commission Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of Georgia, by a narrow vote of 4-3 on May 16, 2011, ruled that the only alternative charter authorizing body in Georgia, the State Charter Commission, was unconstitutional. Here is the opinion expressed by the majority…

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