Lieutenant Governor Cagle's Charter System Act and Career Academy Act Approved by Committee

January 30, 2007

(Atlanta, GA) – Two bills that Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle has championed, the Charter System Act and Career Academy Act, were voted out of the Senate Committee on Education and Youth late this afternoon receiving strong support from committee members.   The bills are expected to be considered by the Senate later this week.


“Today we are another step closer to local control of public education and school systems that are focused on the needs of the individual child.   I was confident that Chairman Weber and members of the committee would give these bills thorough consideration and I greatly appreciate the strong support these two bills received,” Cagle said.


Among those who testified in support of the bills were four students who are currently attending or have graduated from a charter school or career academy. Also testifying in support was Kathy Cox, Georgia Superintendent of Schools; Ron Jackson, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education; John Ahman, member of the Decatur City School Board of Education; Mark Whitlock, CEO of Central Educational Center; and David Jernigan Founding Principal of KIPP WAYS Academy.