The Charter School Amendment in Georgia

Education March to the Georgia Capitol Nov. 2nd, 2012
In Georgia this Tuesday, citizens will vote on a constitutional amendment that reads:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon request of local communities?

http://brightergeorgia.org/learn-more/

UPDATE:

The Charter School Amendment to the Georgia constitution passed with overwhelming support across the state: 58.5%.  

Because the Charter School Amendment in Georgia passed on November 6th, 2012, the Charter School Commission will return as an independent authorizer for public charter schools.  The Commission serves as an appeals process for communities and parents who petition their local school board for a public charter school first.

http://midtown.patch.com/articles/charter-schools-amendment-results

Press Release: Charter Schools Work! RALLY in Atlanta

“CHARTER SCHOOLS WORK!” RALLY
Sen. Chip Rogers confirmed to speak

ATLANTA
– (October 17, 2012) – Moms for School Choice, in collaboration with Heritage Preparatory Charter School and Georgia’s Voice for Educational Choice, is organizing a grassroots, bi-partisan charter school rally on Oct. 27. The rally will showcase students from some of the outstanding, high-performing Georgia public charter schools before the Nov. 6 vote on Amendment 1 – The Charter School Amendment (HR1162).

The event will take place on Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. on the campus of Heritage Preparatory Charter School (3350 Greenbriar Parkway SW, Atlanta, Ga., 30331). Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The rally is drawing bi-partisan support from Ga. Sen. Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Cherokee), Ga. State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell), Dekalb County Board of Education Member Nancy Jester, Cherokee County Board of Education Member Michael Geist, and Rich Thompson of 100 Dads, who are confirmed to speak to the students and families at the event.

Georgia currently ranks near the bottom – 48th nationally – in education with a 65 percent high school graduation rate statewide.  Public charter schools play an important role in providing parents with school choice options to address these staggering statistics. Unfortunately today, too many in Georgia still are not aware of the existence of charter schools or their mission.

The theme of the rally is “Charter Schools WORK!” because charter schools work for students, families, communities, and Georgia.

Students from Heritage Preparatory Charter School, Cherokee Charter Academy, and other Georgia public charter schools are set to perform. Students attending the rally from public charter schools will be dressed in their school uniforms/colors with signs handmade by the students themselves.

Visit our Facebook event page (Charter-Schools-WORK-Rally)
for additional details.

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About Heritage Preparatory Charter School
Heritage Preparatory Academy serves the needs of middle school students in Atlanta neighborhoods with high crime rates. The school offers its students a challenging, globally relevant academic program in a community-building environment meant to counteract the negative influences of drugs, gangs, violence and crime. To learn more about the school or to enroll your student, visit
http://www.heritageprepcharter.org.

About Moms for School Choice
Founded in 2012, Moms for School Choice is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-profit organization that exists to promote the many school options for families: public, charter, private, homeschool, or virtual. Each child is unique and deserves a school environment where they can reach their full educational potential. For more information, visit
momsforschoolchoice.ning.com.

About Georgia’s Voice for Educational Choice
Georgia’s Voice for Educational Choice was formed by parents and citizens residing in Cherokee County.  We are passionate about providing the children of Georgia every opportunity available within education to secure their continued success throughout life.  We believe that school choice is an absolute necessity in reaching this goal. For more information on Georgia’s Voice for Educational Choice, visitschoolchoicegeorgia.org.
Kimberly Cochran
Moms for School Choice
Become a member: http://www.momsforschoolchoice.ning.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MomsforSchoolChoice
Twitter: @Moms4EdChoice

http://eastpoint.11alive.com/news/events/141049-bi-partisan-rally-drum-support-charter-schools

Georgia Charter Schools Yield Improvements in Education

 

The 2012 CRCT results are in and reveal reason for hope for students in Georgia who may have struggled in traditional classroom settings. Because parent-led public charter schools are designed to meet the individualized needs of students and offer the opportunity for parents to choose the school environment that best matches their child, students in Georgia are thriving in many public charter schools.

The AJC commented on some of the CRCT results for Georgia’s public schools, including public charter schools:

At Amana Academy, a Roswell charter school, all tested eighth-graders met or exceeded the standard in reading, math and social studies.

Fulton Science Academy Middle School, in the news recently because an audit raised questions about the charter school’s management and the school district refused to extend its charter, saw all of its eighth-graders meet or exceed the standard in reading, English/language arts and social studies. It became a private school July 1….

In Atlanta Public Schools, Charles R. Drew Charter School’s third-graders all met or exceeded the standard in reading and English/language arts and performed strongly in other subject areas.

Moms for School Choice also applauds the great testing results on the CRCT by students at Cherokee Charter Academy! These students are winners who are now thriving in the public charter school designed and demanded by the parents of Cherokee County. Hats off to these fantastic students who demonstrated that all it takes is a chance to work hard and school choice!

*100 percent of students met and exceeded standards in seventh grade language arts
*99 percent met and exceeded standards in third grade reading.
“We are very proud,” principal Vanessa Suarez said. “The faculty and students worked very hard this year.”

The school, which was delayed in opening, outperformed the state in all areas but one. When comparing the scores to the local Cherokee County School District, Cherokee Charter Academy outperformed or tied its district counterparts nearly 80 percent of the time while remaining within 3 percentage points of the district in four of the five remaining areas. In fifth grade, Cherokee Charter Academy students achieved higher results 100 percent of the time.

“We set the bar high for our students, they grabbed it and ran with it,” Suarez said.