Legislators and Business Leaders Hear the Message that School Choice Matters
Last week CEG hosted two events featuring Kevin Chavous, an author and national leader in school choice and education reform. At the first event, Mr. Chavous spoke to a bi-partisan group of legislators about the need to set aside political differences to do what is best for Georgia students. He shared advice he learned from his work across the country expanding school choice options for low-income students.
The following day, Mr. Chavous spoke to a group of business leaders interested in improving education. He expressed the need for a culture change that holds life-long learning in the highest esteem and that we must not view poverty as a barrier to learning. He encouraged the business leaders to engage with government leaders and to stay focused on what is best for children.
Charter School Amendment Debate Heats Up
As Election Day approaches, more and more people are talking about the proposed constitutional amendment to allow state and local approval of charter schools. CEG and our coalition partners continue to speak at events and produce items to help ensure Georgians are informed about the issue.
CEG's Danielle LeSure and RaShaun Holliman have been busy presenting on the amendment to groups of parents and teachers. If you would like to arrange a speaker on the charter amendment at your school, faith community, neighborhood, or civic group, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678.578.6067.
In addition to speaking on the issue, CEG published a frequently asked question brochure, available online. You can also find information on the amendment on the recently relaunched Brighter Georgia Education Coalition website. Visit the new site to see videos about the charter amendment and to download fact sheets on charter schools.
Tax Credit Scholarship Donations Reach Annual Cap
On August 13, Georgia reached its $51.5 million annual limit for the Tax Credit Scholarship program. Donations from individuals and corporations go to one of the state's student scholarship organizations (SSOs) who use the funds to provide K-12 scholarships. Last year over 11,000 Georgia students received tax credit scholarships to attend private school.
This is the second consecutive year the program reached the donation limit, reaching the cap almost three months earlier than in 2011. Individuals and corporations can again donate to the program at the beginning of 2013. Next year's cap will increase by the consumer price index, expected to be around 3 percent, to an estimated $53 million.
Save the date for Taste Shop Give on Friday, November 2, 2012. This year's not-to-be-missed gala will be held at the Atlanta History Center. Enjoy delicious food, live music, a silent auction and after-hours access to a fantastic museum.
More information available at www.tasteshopgive.com.
CEG Participates in National School Choice Facts Day
Last week school choice supporters across the country went to Twitter to promote the benefits of school choice. Organized byNational School Choice Week, CEG and dozens of other organizations and individuals tweeted over 1,000 school choice facts and made 3.6 million impressions.
CEG's tweets included:
- Almost 15,000 Georgia students received tax credit and special needs scholarships in 2011!
- Last year more than 5,000 students in Georgia were on waiting lists to attend the state's few start-up charter schools.
Follow CEG on Twitter to see additional school choice facts and receive the latest updates on school choice in Georgia.
Grassroots Team Partakes in Festival Season
It's festival season in Georgia, and CEG has been busy attending events in different parts of he state. On September 15th, CEG participated in Constitution Day Festival at The Forum in Rome. Staff members spoke with local parents and students about school choice options and informed attendees of opportunities to get involved in their children's education.
CEG took part in Forth Family Fun Day at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta on September 22nd. In addition to speaking with parents about CEG's mission and passing out literature on school choice options, students had the opportunity to participate in a communal art project, which will be displayed in the CEG office.
To view CEG news and upcoming events, check out our news and events page.
Latest CEG Blog: The power of choice - An experience worth sharing
Once in a while, you have experiences you want to share with everyone you know. I guess that's why social media is so popular. Today, I experienced one of those moments visiting Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School's Grandparents and Special Friends Day.
This special event reminded me that at the end of the day, politics and policy are only small pieces of the educational puzzle. The most important pieces are the students and families who experience the rewards of an amazing school experience.
Click here to read more from CEG's RaShaun Holliman.