Georgia Charter Schools Association

Candidates for Governor Agree with Charter Schools

Candidates for Governor Approve of Charter Schools
Leading candidates vying to be Georgia’s next governor completed
a petition from the GCSA, asking their feelings on charter schools

ATLANTA – Five of the leading candidates for governor of Georgia expressed their approval of charter schools recently in a questionnaire sent to them by the Georgia Charter Schools Association.

The candidates that submitted completed questionnaires are Thurbert Baker (D), Nathan Deal (R), Karen Handel (R), Eric Johnson (R) and John Oxendine (R).  Every candidate, in all parties, that officially qualified for the governor’s race was asked by the GCSA to complete the survey, which posed seven questions covering six topics:

  • Parental Choice
  • Public Charter Schools
  • Equitable Funding
  • Charter Facilities
  • Quality Charter Authorizing
  • Charter Autonomy

The unedited questionnaires may be reviewed by clicking on the links below.

Though the level of their support for charter schools varied slightly, all five candidates said they either agreed or strongly agreed with public charter schools.

“We are grateful to the candidates for taking time out of their busy schedules to complete our survey, and we greatly appreciate their feelings toward charter schools,” said Dr. Tony Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of the GCSA. “This is just another indication of the fact that charter schools are increasingly being viewed, and rightfully so, as one of the key components to improving public education in our nation.”

Thurbert Baker

Nathan Deal

Karen Handel

Eric Johnson

John Oxendine

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The Georgia Charter Schools Association is the nonprofit membership organization for Georgia’s charter school operators and petitioners, established in 2001. The mission of the GCSA is to be an effective advocate and service provider for all charter public schools in Georgia by:

  • Advancing awareness of charter schools and their mission.
  • Increasing awareness that charter schools are public schools.
  • Communicating charter school needs to state and local officials.
  • Supporting legislation to strengthen charter schools in Georgia.
  • Facilitating opportunities for networking/collaboration among charter schools in Georgia and nationwide.
  • Developing and implementing programs and services that advance student achievement, accountability and success in all of Georgia’s charter schools.