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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Isakson Emphasizes Important Role of Charter Schools in Education
Commemorates National Charter School Week May 1-7

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., this week is joining the Georgia Charter Schools Association in promoting National Charter School Week to emphasize the important role charter schools play in education in both Georgia and across the nation. This year, National Charter Schools Week is observed May 1-7, 2011.

Charter schools are tuition-free public schools of choice, meaning that they give families an opportunity to choose the charter school most suitable for their child's educational needs. They operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools and generally offer teachers and students more authority to make decisions. They are accountable for academic results, and Georgia's charter schools administer the same CRCT tests that are administered by traditional public schools.

Today, there are approximately 170 charter schools in the state of Georgia serving around 70,000 students. Approximately 4 percent of public school students in Georgia attend charter schools.

"I am pleased to join the Georgia Charter Schools Association in commemorating National Charter School Week because charter schools play an important role in education," said Isakson. "Charter schools create a learning environment where students, teachers and parents are afforded the flexibility to make decisions in order to maximize students' success. I will continue to support charter schools because there is tremendous value in investing in our children's education, which is critical to the future of America."

Isakson was Chairman of the Georgia Board of Education from 1996 to 1999, and helped draft the No Child Left Behind law as a member of the U.S. House. In the Senate, Isakson serves on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.