With the passage of Amendment 1, the “Charter School Amendment” in Georgia, now is the time to plan and look ahead. This is my challenge to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as he begins the process of implementing the Amendment 1 program.
Georgia Charter School Amendment Series
I find it very interesting that in all the political rhetoric around Amendment 1, there is almost no conversation about what is best for students in Georgia. For me the issue is how do we improve public education in Georgia, and how do we do it with speed and fidelity?
In this final installment of our Southern Education Desk series on Amendment 1, we examine the demographics of Georgia’s existing charter schools. Their student bodies often don’t mirror those of their surrounding school districts — and that can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who you ask.
An analysis of the demographics of Georgia charter schools during the 2010-2011 school year shows that the schools are more likely to enroll African-American students than the districts where they are located and less likely to enroll students with disabilities, those learning English, and those receiving free or reduced-price lunch.
In the second of a three-part series on Georgia’s proposed amendment to expand the state’s power to open charter schools, we examine competing claims over how new state-approved charters would be funded.
In the first of a three-part series on Georgia’s upcoming vote on a constitutional amendment that would expand the state’s power to open and fund charter schools, we examine the opposing claims about whether or not the amendment is necessary.
Will re-launching an independent state charter school commission in Georgia improve the quality of the state’s schools? Policymakers are hoping that the answer is yes, but there’s little research so far that gives clues either way.