Lt. Governor Casey Cagle: New Charter Systems A Milestone for Georgia

June 12, 2008

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle applauded the decision today by the State Board of Education to approve Decatur City, GainesvilleCity and Marietta City School Systems as Georgia’s new Charter Systems.

“Today is a milestone for Georgia as we will witness the difference three more new charter systems will make in the lives of Georgia students.  I applaud the hard work and dedication Decatur, Gainesville and Marietta City School Systems put forth to achieve these new charters and am confident that they will maximize the potential for educational excellence as a result of becoming a Charter System. 

Charter Systems offer the truest form of local control and Georgia will see a genuine paradigm shift as more charter schools advance flexibility, innovation and resourceful teaching.   We stand in strong support of these new Charter Systems and will work to assist them as they pave the way for a new model of education in GeorgiaStateSchool Superintendent Kathy Cox and the State Board of Education deserve our gratitude for their collaboration and diligent review of the Charter Systems.  As I travel our state, I continue to hear from parents, teachers and students who want to bring Charter Systems to their own community and I look forward to more systems moving in this direction in the future,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

Charter Systems, along with Career Academies, are Cagle’s educational initiatives to promote innovation and flexibility in the classroom.    A Charter System provides the opportunity for teachers, administrators, parents, and school boards to have greater flexibility and to determine the educational needs of students within their district in exchange for specific achievement standards. 

One other school district, WarrenCounty, was approved as the first charter system by the state school board in May.