First Meeting for Charter School Commission

11:06 AM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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The newly formed Georgia charter-school commission met for the first time in Atlanta Wednesday.

Georgia voters approved the charter-school constitutional amendment last fall. Although some local school boards may object, the amendment allows the state to grant opearting charters to schools started by parents or community members.    

Macon resident Tony Lowden, a representive on the commission told 13WMAZ that the meeting mostly dealt with organizational matters.

Lowden confirmed he and the other six appointees voted unanimously to elect Charles Knapp as chairman. Knapp is the former president of the University of Georgia.

Lowden said there was a great deal of interest from the public at the initial meeting, and acknowledged that former Bibb School Superintendent Sharon Patterson was in attendance.

"There is a ton of work to do. We have a backlog and may have to meet twice a month for a while to get caught up," Lowden said.  

In the phone interview Lowden told us, "The state is handing back to our group the schools that the commission had before the Supreme Court ruling. There are groups already waiting on us to approve charters that were denied before."  

In the next few weeks, the commission members are expected to hire an Executive Director to manage charter applications.  

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