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  • Response to Letter from Herb Garrett of Georgia Superintendents Association


    To: All Charter School Leaders and Board Members From: Tony Roberts, President of Georgia Charter Schools Association Date: August 7, 2012 Re: Response to Letter from Herb Garrett of Georgia Superintendents Association Dear School Leaders and Board Members: A letter to school superintendents from Herb Garrett was posted on Friday in Maureen Downey’s blog on […]

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  • Charter ruling flunks history, ignores roots of segregation


    In the first sentences of an opinion issued last week by the state Supreme Court, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein declared without qualification that the Georgia Charter School Commission was illegal because of an “unbroken … constitutional authority” existing since the adoption of the 1877 Constitution giving only “local boards of education” the power to create k-12 public schools. As a result, schools for 15,000 underserved children soon may be forced out of business.

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  • Governor Deal signs state charter schools bill


    Governor Nathan Deal 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. HB 797 creates a state level approval mechanism for charter schools when communities request them. Under current law, charter schools approved by the […]

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  • Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff Supports the Charter Amendment


    The Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff asks voters to support the charter school constitutional amendment in November: There was a “Save Our Schools” rally Saturday in Hephzibah to oppose state-approved charter schools. Save our schools? From what? Other schools? And why? Because today’s schools are doing so well? “I think we ought to be talking about […]

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  • Hooks, Thompson Led Charter Bill Across Senate Finish Line


    Mike Klein of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a member of the Brighter Georgia Education Coalition, provides an overview of the Senate debate and passage of HR 1162: Senate Democrats intent on defeating a charter schools constitutional amendment vilified the legislation Monday afternoon.  Then four of their own including the Senate’s two longest serving members […]

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  • Senate Passes Constitutional Amendment


    On Monday, March 19th, the Georgia Senate voted 40-16 in favor of HR 1162, the proposed charter school constitutional amendment. Now voters across the state will get to decide in the November 2012 election whether to change the constitution to allow the state to authorize public charter schools that have been locally denied. The resolution […]

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  • Charter schools vote gains support among Democrats


    The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that three Senate Democrats are now planning to or are strongly considering voting “yes” on House Resolution 1162, when it comes up for a vote. The GOP-controlled General Assembly came within reach Thursday of asking voters to revive the state’s ability to sponsor charter schools, when one of the […]

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  • Video Campaign for HR 1162 Goes Viral


    “Are You The One?” Late last week two charter school parents launched a grassroots campaign asking children, parents, and teachers to make :30 second videos with their cell phones, beginning with the words: “Are you the one….”  The videos target Georgia State Senators, showing them the human consequences of not passing HR 1162, and how defeat […]

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  • Minority of lawmakers in a standoff


    The Senate Democratic Caucus continues to play politics with the proposed charter school constitutional amendment by not allowing Senate Democrats to vote their conscience on the measure. The AJC’s Kristina Torres reported on the political standoff on Sunday, March 11th: With 10 days left on its annual calendar, the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly has found […]

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  • HR1162: Let the Voters Decide in November


    The Alpharetta-Milton Patch published the following editorial by Tony Roberts, President of the Georgia Charter Schools Association and a member of the Brighter Georgia Education Coalition. Senator Vincent Fort, State Representative for Atlanta and East Point, has written an op-ed opposing HR1162 entitled: “Democratic Senator Opposes Charter Schools Measure.” Sen. Fort says HR1162, which calls […]

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