Charter schools group to honor local elected officials
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
October 03, 2012 01:08 AM | 2592 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA — Two elected officials from Cherokee who are strong proponents of charter schools will be honored by the Georgia Charter Schools Association in Atlanta this week.

GCSA is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Georgia World Congress Center this Thursday and Friday and will feature more than 40 exhibitors and charter schools leaders, teachers and parents from around the state.

Both Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) and Kelly Marlow, who was elected in July as the school board representative for the newly redrawn Post 1 will be given awards for their dedication to charter schools.

Rogers will receive the Charter Impact Award while Marlow will be awarded the Power to the Parents Award, as she is a parent of two children at Cherokee Charter Academy in Canton.

Marlow said the award recognizes a charter school parent who has gone above and beyond all others to support, defend, and help proliferate quality charter school choices in the state of Georgia.

“I am a proud supporter of public school options and it is my sincere honor to receive this award on behalf of all hard-working volunteer parents and guardians across Georgia who spend countless hours working to help make our public schools the educational well-being centers of our communities,“ Marlow said.

Rogers said he is honored that an organization committed to empowering students and parents through educational choice has recognized his efforts.

“I look forward to continuing these efforts so that Georgia is recognized as the national leader in educational freedom,” Rogers said.

The awards ceremony will take place Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to the handful of other awards, the Coca-Cola Foundation will also award $50,000 to the Charter School of the Year, which will be announced at the ceremony.

The conference is scheduled just 30 days before Georgians cast their vote on a constitutional amendment that would create a state commission charged with considering appeals by public charter schools that have previously been denied by their respective local school boards.

In a release by GCSA, the group’s CEO Tony Roberts said Georgia parents, especially those who can’t afford to move to ‘better’ school districts, “(demand) the right” to have more public school options.

“The educational status-quo has obstructed the growth of quality charter schools in our state, which is why this amendment is so important,” Roberts said. “Our conference will be focused on strategies to educate the broader community about the innovations and achievement of public charter schools and their power to change children’s lives.”

All 314 public charter schools in Georgia are tuition-free and operate with more freedom from state and local regulation than traditional public schools, according to the release.
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Idiots....
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October 03, 2012
So they're giving taxpayers a choice as to where their tax dollars go? Unbelievable...

Surely, it's better to be told where your hard earned money should go than to have a say in it.
Senior Voter
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October 03, 2012
So Chip Rogers and Mrs. Marlow are being honored for the 1% of students they are bending over backwards to serve. Just a question to both... Why have they turned their back on the rest of the students and home owners in this area? What have they done to secure more money for the award winning, high SAT scoring, more AP classes passing students of traditional public schools? I am tired of the “reward our campaign donors” attitude these politicians are sporting. The charter amendment is like and educational T-splost.... More money that we don’t have to a system with no oversight…. And they call themselves republicans? WOW!
RomneyForPresident
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October 04, 2012
Last I checked, Mrs. Marlow is the primary winner, not a sworn-in member of the CCSD Board. She's no more an elected school board member than Mitt Romney is the President. You must've failed civics class. Why hasn't our beloved,well-paid superintendent secured more funding? The drive to downtown wouldn't have cost him a thing, since we're picking up his vehicle costs. I have to believe our superintendent has more weight to throw around under the Gold Dome than an unelected citizen.

It's telling that...after years of the liberal ideology of More Funding, our SAT scores were stagnant. Yet just 1-2 years of minor spending cuts results in historically-high SAT scores and increases in student academic performance. Sounds like we need more spending cuts!

Support CCSD schools
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October 03, 2012
So Chipster and Kelly! are getting awards from an organization that takes money out of the traditional public school pockets?

Vote NO on Amendment 1!

KeithStone
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October 06, 2012
It is not the government schools money to begin with.Its the taxpayers money.

Vote YES for School Vouchers
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