Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

Did you now that between 1992-2009, Georgia’s student population grea 41 percent and school personnel grew 80 percent?

Friday Facts: September 28, 2012

What’s in the Foundation’s Plan B for Georgia Transportation? Find out in Friday Facts.

The Charter School Issue Comes Down to Choice

By Lawrence W. Reed In less than two months, Georgia voters will decide an important question about the future of education in our state: Should charter schools be authorized by a statewide, appointed commission or must they secure the approval of local school boards? I’ve lived in Georgia for less than three years, but I worked on education reform issues for 30 years in Michigan. The two states are hundreds of miles apart but in so many ways, the issues of charter schools and education reform share the same background … Continue Reading →

In the News

The Columbia County News-Times of Sunday, September 16, published a letter to the editor from Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in response to the publisher’s column on charter schools:

The Columbia County News-Times of Sunday, September 16, published a letter to the editor from Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd in response to the publisher’s column on charter schools.

National PTA Supports Georgia Charter Policy

The National Parent Teacher Association has revamped its policy to make it clear that it supports giving entities other than local school boards the right to approve charter schools.

Charter Schools Turning Around Public Education in Washington DC

The Washington Post reports that charter schools in the nation’s capital are being treated poorly despite their popularity and track recored of student achievement.

Friday Facts: August 24, 2012

Want to know about charter schools local control and minority students? Click on the links in the Friday Facts!

Friday Facts: August 17, 2012

Georgia could save $8 billion annually in health care costs, and as much as $3.5 billion on Medicaid alone, if it replaced its current medical liability system with a Patients’ Compensation System, according to a new study released this week.

Cherokee Charter: The Perfect Place to Sign House Bill 797

By Mike Klein Cherokee Charter Academy almost never happened.  Last spring it seemed possible – maybe even probable — that Cherokee Charter would never open because of a state Supreme Court decision.  What a difference a year makes.  Governor Nathan Deal will visit the school Thursday morning when he signs legislation to create the structure for a new state charter schools commission. “We’re very excited that not only is the Governor pro-charter but he is coming to our school to sign House Bill 797,” said Cherokee Charter Principal Vanessa Suarez.  … Continue Reading →

Augusta Chronicle Editorial: Saving Our Children From What?

(This editorial was published April 21 by the Augusta Chronicle) 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 Saving Our Children,” says Dr. Tony Roberts, president and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association. Absolutely. And that’s what the Georgia General Assembly had in mind when it approved House Resolution 1162 this year. The proposed constitutional amendment, which must … Continue Reading →