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05 May 2014

Georgia Charter Schools Serve a Higher Percentage of Black Students Than the Nation as a Whole

Two years ago, despite opposition from the Democratic Party, Georgia voters approved the charter schools amendment with 58% of the vote.

In the 20 Georgia counties where African-Americans make up half or more of the population, the charter schools amendment was approved by 61% of all voters and in 14 of those 20 counties.

It is safe to say Democrats, the self-proclaimed champion of minority and low-income Georgians, did not back an issue championed by minority and low-income Georgians.

Data provided by the state Department of Education says that Georgia's charter schools serve a higher percentage of black students than the nation as a whole.

For the 2012 - 2013 school year, state charter schools had a black student population of 34% -- nearly five percentage points higher than charter schools nationally [Georgia Department of Education (2013). The Charter Schools Division
Annual Report for 2012-2013
.].

In addition, 52% of charter school students were eligible for free and reduced price meals compared to 58% of non-charter school students.

President Obama declared the week of 4 - 10 May 2014 National Charter Schools Week by proclamation.

"I commend our Nation's charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to support high quality public schools, including charter schools and the students they serve," Obama's proclamation reads.

According to the Georgia Department of Education, there are 310 charter schools in the state. Those schools serve 224,735 students.