The commission, along with the Georgia Board of Education, can create and authorize charter schools after they’ve been turned down by local boards of education. 14 nominees have been submitted to the State Board by Gov. Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and the House Speaker David Ralston.
Those on the governor’s list include: former Georgia Charter Schools Commission member and University of Georgia President Charles Knapp; attorney Jennifer Rippner, a former educational advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue; and Tony Lowden, the executive director of an afterschool enrichment program for at-risk kids in Macon.
Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle’s list includes: Sandy Springs Mayor and charter school supporter Eva Galambos and former charter schools commission member BJ Van Gundy.
House Speaker David Ralston still needs to submit two more names, but so far he’s tapped former state board of education member Jose Perez and former Georgia Department of Education employee and interim director for charter school James E. Hogg.