Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tony Roberts of Georgia Elected Chairman of the State Leaders Council for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Georgia State Charter Schools Chief Executive Officer Tony Roberts has been elected as the Chairman of the State Leaders Council of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, it was announced today. "We congratulate Tony Roberts on his election by the members of the State Leaders Council," said National Alliance for Public Charter Schools President and CEO Nelson Smith. "Tony has demonstrated tremendous leadership and a record for getting things done in Georgia. I know he'll bring to the Council that same kind of dynamic energy to build a strong working relationship with the Alliance."

"It is crucial that we be united in our efforts to advance the charter school movement on the state and national level," said Roberts. "We must use our collective organizational strength and experience effectively to ensure that charter schools have equitable funding, access to facilities and the capacity to deliver on the promise of a high-quality education for all students." Established by the NAPCS Board of Directors in June 2008, the Council serves as a liaison between state organizations serving the country's more than 4,300 public charter schools and the Alliance, the national organization dedicated to expanding school choice through high-quality charter schools. As Chair, Roberts will also serve on the Alliance Board.

As CEO of the statewide organization representing 71 public charter schools in Georgia, Roberts led the effort to help enact four important bills into law earlier this year, including the establishment of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, a new public statewide authorizer for charter schools. Roberts also recently led the creation of "Georgia School Choice," a parent and student advocacy organization for charter schools.

Roberts received his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.

One of five candidates, Roberts received a first-ballot majority of the votes cast by members of the State Leaders Council. His term will expire in June 2010.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (www.publiccharters.org) is the national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. The Alliance works to increase the number of high performing charter schools available to all families, particularly low-income and minority families who currently do not have access to quality public schools. The Alliance provides assistance to state charter school associations and resource centers, develops and advocates for improved public policies, and serves as the united voice for this large and diverse movement.

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