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Long Waiting Lists for Public Charter Schools in Georgia

Featured  |  posted on June 29th, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Long Waiting Lists for Public Charter Schools in Georgia More than 5,000 GA students would love to attend charters. Atlanta, GA – June 25, 2012  Reflecting national trends, thousands of students in Georgia are currently on waiting lists to attend public charter schools across the state.  According to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, last year more […]

Governor signs state charter schools bill

Featured  |  posted on May 3rd, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Gov. Nathan Deal today signed into law legislation that will provide additional educational opportunities for Georgia students through state charter schools. The bill, HB 797, was signed at Cherokee Charter Academy in Canton.

HR1162 Does Not Harm Teachers

Blog  |  posted on April 17th, 2012 by Tony Roberts  |  read more

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.

Sign up for Charter Schools Rock. Free tables for GCSA member schools.

Press Releases  |  posted on March 29th, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Celebrate GA Charter Schoolsand National Charter Schools Week To kick off National Charter Schools Week, (May 6-12) GCSA andG-PAN are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Charter Schools Rock. This is a free, community celebration of Georgia’s public Charter Schools, on Sunday,May 5, in the Central Park area of Atlantic Station, from 2-5 pm. Charter Schools Rock showcases the strength of the charter school […]

GCSA’s Tony Roberts Responds to Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Op Ed

Blog  |  posted on March 27th, 2012 by Tony Roberts  |  read more

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. 

Let the voters decide in November

Featured  |  posted on March 13th, 2012 by Tony Roberts  |  read more

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.

Tony’s Blog: No such thing as “for profit” charter schools in Georgia

Blog  |  posted on March 13th, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

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 […]

Making Sense of the Report on Georgia’s Charter Schools

Featured  |  posted on February 19th, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

By Kelly McCutchen, Mark Peevy, Dr. Ben Scafidi and Dr. Eric Wearne Last year, the Georgia Supreme Court closed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and gave local school boards “exclusive” control over public education in Georgia. Now legislators are debating whether the state should be able to authorize start-up charter schools and whether the state should […]

Clergy Bring Parties Together in Support of Charter School Amendment

Featured  |  posted on February 7th, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Atlanta, Ga. – February 7, 2012 – Metro Atlanta clergy plan to gather on Tuesday to join with legislators, Representatives Alisha T. Morgan (D-Cobb) and Rahn Mayo (D-Dekalb) and the Brighter Georgia Education Coalition in supporting HR 1162, a constitutional amendment to help charter schools in Georgia. The group of clergy hope to bring political parties together on the issue of […]

Survey shows Georgia voters support charter schools amendment

Featured  |  posted on January 31st, 2012 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Atlanta, GA; Tuesday, January 31, 2012 – A survey conducted last week by McLaughlin & Associates showed that Georgia voters strongly support charter schools and broadly favor a proposed Constitutional Amendment to allow charter schools to expand and flourish across the state. The polling was conducted to gauge support for HR1162.  The bi-partisan bill would […]

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