Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Charter Schools Rally at State Capitol to Draw Close to 1,000

Event will feature students, parents, educators, politicians and other charter supporters

A crowd of nearly 1,000 students, parents, educators, politicians and others will show their support for public charter schools in Georgia at the first ever “Rally at the Capitol for Charter Schools,” Friday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – noon, on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol building.

Event will illustrate bi-partisan, diverse support for charter public schools

The event is coordinated by the Georgia Charter Schools Association and sponsored by Connections Academy (a virtual K-12 online school). It is designed to show the growing amount of support in Georgia for charter schools, which are seen as quality public educational options by an increasing number of parents and communities from various socioeconomic backgrounds. The charter school movement is garnering great bi-partisan support from officials across the political spectrum as well, including President Barack Obama, U.S. Education Sec. Arne Duncan, and noted Republican and conservative leader Newt Gingrich. This point will be clearly illustrated by the scheduled speakers at the rally:

· State Rep. Jan Jones (R – Alpharetta), House Minority Whip
· State Rep. Alisha Morgan (D – Austell)
· State Rep. Ed Setzler (R – Acworth)
· Black Alliance for Educational Options President Gerard Robinson
· Georgia Charter Schools Association Chief Executive Officer Tony Roberts, Ph.D

Rally a show of support, not a protest

“This is not a protest march at all. In fact it is a celebration of the positive impact that charter public schools are having on student achievement here in Georgia,” Roberts said. “This is our opportunity to come together to say that we support our current charter schools and want more charter public schools in our state.”
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