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Georgia Charter Schools Make the Grade

WASHINGTON, DC -- Georgia has the nation's 7th strongest charter school law, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' (NAPCS) second annual ranking of state charter school laws.

Minnesota's charter law ranked first, and Mississippi's newly enacted charter school law ranked last.

"Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Public Charter School Laws" analyzes the country's 41 state charter school laws. Each state's law is scored on how well it supports charter school quality and growth, based on the 20 essential components from the NAPCS' model charter school law.

"Georgia was passed by four states, dropping from number four to number seven. This drop had more to do with aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Georgia," said Todd Ziebarth, vice president, state advocacy and support of NAPCS. "Georgia remains a cap-free environment that is open to a wide variety of public charter schools, with multiple paths toward authorization."

Ziebarth is the lead author of the report.

"One potential area of improvement is providing equitable access to capital funding and facilities," he said. "Another is providing clarity in the law to govern the expansion and replication of high-quality charter schools through multi-school charter contracts and/or multi-charter contract board arrangements."

The new report captures all the legislative moves that states made to be more competitive under the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top competition.

As a new crop of governors and legislators prepare for the upcoming legislative sessions, the rankings provide clear indications of where some states excel and others come up short in charter school laws. The report also offers a positive roadmap for how governors and legislators can take action to strengthen their charter school laws.

The 10 states with laws shown to best support the growth of high-quality charter schools are:

1. Minnesota
2. Florida
3. Massachusetts
4. Colorado
5. New York
6. California
7. Georgia
8. District of Columbia
9. Louisiana
10. Utah

There are 10 states that have still failed to enact a charter school law: Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

Some of Metro Atlanta's charter schools are:

* Addison Elementary School (3055 Ebenezer Road, Marietta, 30066)
* Amana Academy (285 South Main Street, Alpharetta, 30004)
* Brighten Academy (3264 Brookmont Parkway, Douglasville, 30135)
* Carroll County College and Career Academy
* Chesnut Charter Elementary School (4576 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338)
* Douglas County College and Career Institute (9030 Highway 5, Douglasville, 30134)
* Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary School (8100 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, 30350)
* Floyd County Schools (600 Riverside Parkway NE, Rome, 30161)
* Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy (100 Vocational Drive, Rome, 30161)
* Fulton Science Academy (1675 Hembree Road, Roswell, 30009)
* Fulton Science Academy Charter High School (4100 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 30022)
* Fulton Sunshine Academy (1335 North Meadow Parkway, Roswell, 30076)
* Imagine International Academy (4451 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, 30080)
* Imagine Marietta (368 Wright Street, 30064)
* Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (1370 Lockhart Drive, 30144)
* Kingsley Elementary Charter School (2051 Brendon Drive, Dunwoody, 30338)
* Marietta City Schools (250 Howard Street, 30060)
* North Springs High School (7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 30328)
* Peachtree Middle School (4664 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338)
* Riverwood International Charter School (5900 Heards Drive NW, Sandy Springs, 30328)
* Sawyer Road Elementary School (840 Sawyer Road, Marietta, 30062)
* Sedalia Park Elementary School (2230 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068)
* Spalding Drive Elementary School (130 Spalding Drive NE, Sandy Springs, 30328)
* Walton Comprehensive High School (1590 Bill Murdock Road, Marietta, 30062)
* Woodland Charter Elementary School (1130 Spalding Drive, Sandy Springs, 30350)

The complete analysis can be downloaded from the NAPCS Web site.

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