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07 May 2012

Obama Announces "Charter Schools Week" Ahead of GA Charter Schools Referendum

In March, the Georgia General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment asking voters to say yea or nay to the following question:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

The question shown above, and scheduled to appear on the November General Election ballot, essentially asks Georgians if charter schools should be authorized under the state Constitution. Currently, charter schools are not.

Charter schools offer local communities the opportunity to loosen government rules and regulations controlling the school's operation in exchange for a more laser-like focus on student achievement.

President Obama commended the nation's charter schools in a proclamation Monday, saying, "These institutions give educators the freedom to cultivate new teaching models and develop creative methods to meet students' needs.

"This unique flexibility is matched by strong accountability and high standards, so underperforming charter schools can be closed, while those that consistently help students succeed can serve as models of reform for other public schools," the Presidential Proclamation reads. "Whether created by parents and teachers or community and civic leaders, charter schools serve as incubators of innovation in neighborhoods across our country."

President Obama's proclamation establishes May 6th through May 12th as National Charter Schools Week.