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Charter Schools Performing Well in Georgia

Press Releases  |  posted on September 1st, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Charter schools in Georgia are performing extremely well in comparison to traditional public schools, according to an analysis of 2010 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) data by the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA).

GCSA Offers FREE Webinars on Starting Quality Charter Schools

Press Releases  |  posted on August 13th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

The Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) has launched a new training platform featuring webinars designed to help individuals and groups interested in starting quality charter schools in Georgia.

“Getting Started Opening a High Quality Charter School” is a 35-minute webinar covering the basics of starting a charter school. The second webinar, “Building Blocks of a Quality Charter School,” is about 25 minutes, and delves a bit deeper into the requirements of developing a high quality school and addresses “accountability,” “business,” and “capacity.”

Eighth Graders in Charter Schools Outperform Peers in Traditional Public Schools on 2010 CRCT

Press Releases  |  posted on August 4th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

Eighth grade students attending charter schools throughout Georgia performed better on the 2010 Criterion Referenced Competency Test than students in traditional public schools, according to an analysis conducted by the Georgia Charter Schools Association. The GCSA analysis indicates also that the difference in student performance is more pronounced in the Atlanta and DeKalb County School Systems, and students in independent charter schools posted impressive scores across the board.

Candidates for Governor, State Superintendent Reveal Positions on School Choice, Charter Schools

Press Releases  |  posted on July 30th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

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 […]

Join the Georgia Parent Advocacy Network (G-PAN) Today!

Press Releases  |  posted on July 27th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

JOIN G-PAN! GCSA urges schools to share the email addresses of parents and households enrolled in your school to help expand the Georgia Parent Advocacy Network (G-PAN). Read more to learn how to join G-PAN and how to register others as well.

Constitutional Challenges to HB881 Reaches GA Supreme Court

Press Releases  |  posted on July 21st, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

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.

State Superintendent candidates support charters, not Commission

Press Releases  |  posted on July 16th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

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 […]

Candidates for Governor Agree with Charter Schools

Press Releases  |  posted on July 13th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

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.

Charter Commission Approves Two Virtual Schools

Press Releases  |  posted on June 18th, 2010 by Nina Rubin  |  read more

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.

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