Georgia charter school leaders, supporters to meet in Macon

From Staff Reports education@newnan.com Nearly 400 charter school teachers, principals, board members, school founders and potential school founders will be in attendance at a two-day conference this week. For the first time in the nine-year history of the event, the annual conference of the Georgia Charter Schools Association will be held outside of metro Atlanta.
About 400 charter school supporters are expected to attend the GCSA Charter Schools Conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6-7, at the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel. The theme for the Conference, the only statewide gathering of the entire Georgia charter school community, is "Planting, Growing and Sustaining a Quality Charter School." The two-day event will feature a keynote address by State Schools Superintendent John Barge – on Thursday, 12:30 p.m. – and more than 50 informative workshops and seminars on topics dealing with charter schools and public education. "Due to the significant amount of interest in and influence of charter schools across the state, we wanted to make attending the Conference a little more convenient for folks outside of metro Atlanta, illustrate to everyone that charter schools are no longer just an Atlanta-driven phenomena, and continue to cultivate and grow the charter school environment in other parts of Georgia," said Tony Roberts, President and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association. "Holding the Conference in Macon accomplishes all three, we believe. "There are great charter schools outside of metro Atlanta," Roberts said. "Oglethorpe Charter School in Savannah just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Charter Conservatory for Liberal Arts and Technology in Statesboro routinely has the among the highest graduation rates in Georgia. International Studies Elementary Charter School in Albany, Lake Oconee Academy in Greene County and Pataula Charter School in southwest Georgia are providing children and families in those communities with a quality public school option to the traditional schools in those communities."


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