Charter school legislation clears Senate

The State Senate has voted overwhelmingly to pass to SB 39 and SB 68:

The Senate approved measures this morning intended to increase community control over schools.

The upper chamber voted 53-2 for Senate Bill 39, which allows entire school systems to switch to charter schools that free them from many of the state education mandates, such as class-size requirements.


Another education bill to encourage development of new individual charter schools that focus on vocational training for students also passed the Senate today.

The “Career Academies Act” includes $1 million to offset start-up costs for five schools in the state and $15 million in bond money for building expenses.

The Senate approved that bill 52-3. Both measures were part of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s legislative agenda this year.


  1. Old School Politics says:

    I think Casey is on to something with this Career Academy initiative. Finally an elected official that realizes we need to be promoting career and technical education vs. all students must go to college. While college will always be the ultimate goal its important to have a realistic understanding that more kids in Georgia are not going to go to college. If we focus on initiatives like this our graduation rates are going to go up

  2. mikebiggs says:

    As the founder of the first charter school from scratch charter scoll in the state of Ga located in Talbotton,Ga., this is walcome progress. i have recently submitted three proposals based on this modle. I am still amazed at how adverseral the charter process is with local boards. Hopefully this will allow Ga to move more in the direction of true school choice.

  3. jsm says:

    Biggs, you must be kidding. I would think you would have to know how to spell and use correct grammar to found a charter school.

  4. mikebiggs says:

    First, I would like to apologize to you and the other readers for my misspellings. I now know what it must be for a person without sight to leave their cane at home and have to navigate in an unfamiliar room. I know you are not aware that I am dyslexic. I spent three years in special education, graduated at the bottom of my class, and then fluked out of college. Well, after much help I was able to earn an AA, B.S., and at the end of August my Masters. A woman by the name of Joyce Leary taught me how to memorize words for essay test that my brain would erase very soon after.
    I must admit, I was embarrassed that I allowed myself to leave my cane at home. This is what I will call spell check for the rest of my life. I heard every voice from my past that said I did not belong in education. However, I heard the voices of thousands of kids whom I have inspired, not by what I can do (spell) but by what I can never be able to do (spell), .I will include your response in my book. I hope that this will inspire thousands more. They will know how to respond if they some how forget their cane and stumble.

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