Mike Miller Supports Ga. Charter Schools Amendment

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  • Atlanta, GA (1888PressRelease) July 03, 2012 - Today Mike Miller, candidate for Ga. State House District 66, issued a statement in support of the Ga. Charter Schools Amendment that will be on the November general election ballot. Upon approval, the constitutional amendment would provide additional educational opportunities for Ga. students through charter schools.

    "Charter Schools promote competition, innovation and creativity while encouraging strong parental involvement" said Miller. "We must empower citizens with public school options and true local flexibility if we want to improve student achievement."

    HB 797 creates a state level approval mechanism for charter schools when communities request them. Under current law, charter schools approved by the state are forced to operate on approximately half of the funds of other public schools. HB 797 sets forth a new funding mechanism for these schools and establishes a State Charter Schools Commission to conduct the review process for charter school petitions and ensure that charter schools are consistent with state educational goals. Moreover, the bill spells out how Charter Schools would be implemented if Georgia voters approve the constitutional amendment in November.

    "Parents in Douglas and Paulding counties want more educational options, and I would like to fight to see that they have them as their representative at the state Capitol," said Miller. "Charter schools assist communities that want to invest in new and imaginative ways of learning for their children."

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