July 30, 2010 The top candidates in two of the most important offices in state government — governor and state school superintendent — have stated their positions on the issue of school choice/charter schools in a questionnaire sent to them by the Georgia Charter Schools Association. Democrat Roy Barnes will face either Nathan Deal or […]
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The Georgia Supreme Court has established deadlines for the filing of briefs in the HB881 appeal.
Eight school districts are suing to have HB881 — the law that led to the creation of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission — ruled unconstitutional. They must file their brief on or before August 5. The defendants in the case — which include the Commission, the State Board of Education and two charter schools — must file on or before August 25.
Oral arguments will more than likely occur in November or December 2010, with a final opinion rendered by March 2011.
Two candidates for State Schools Superintendent of Georgia expressed on questionnaires sent to them by the Georgia Charter Schools Association that they strongly support charter schools, however, they have reservations about the State Charter Commission. Dr. Beth Farokhi (D) and Joe Martin (D) were the only candidates for superintendent to return the surveys to the […]
Five of the leading candidates for governor of Georgia — Thurbert Baker (D), Nathan Deal (R), Karen Handel (R), Eric Johnson (R) and John Oxendine (R) — expressed their approval of charter schools recently in a questionnaire sent to them by the Georgia Charter Schools Association. Read their unedited survey forms here.
The Georgia Charter Schools Commission (GCSC) on Friday approved the creation of two statewide virtual charter schools — Provost Academy Georgia and Kaplan Academy of Georgia — that together will serve grades 4-12. A virtual school offers courses to students via the Internet with teachers available online and by telephone.
The Georgia Department of Education has announced that planning grant applications for individuals and groups interested in starting a charter school are now available on the GDOE website. The deadline to submit applications is July 1.
In a strongly-worded statement, Georgia Charter Schools Association Chief Executive Officer Tony Roberts, Ph. D., defends the decision made by a Fulton County Superior Court judge that affirmed the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission and the schools it has approved. He also calls on parents to “direct the members of their school district boards to get back to the business of educating children.”
In a stunningly quick and decisive ruling today, Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court Judge Wendy L. Shoob declared the Georgia Charter Schools Commission is constitutional. In her ruling, Judge Shoob said, “The General Assembly has provided sufficient guidelines. Commission charter schools are not required to be under the control or managed by an elected board of education. The funding is constitutional.”