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GCSA’s Incubator Program Announces $75,000 Grants for Individuals Seeking to Launch a High-Quality Charter School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2018

ATLANTA, GA – If you are interested in starting a charter school in Georgia, the Georgia Charter Schools Association has a grant for you! The Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is pleased to announce competitive grants of up to $75,000 to support founding school leaders to open charter schools within Atlanta Public Schools.

Incubator grants allow applicants to devote their time and energy towards launching a high-quality charter school. These grants support the cost of living expenses for applicants, making it possible for them to focus their efforts on launching high-quality schools rather than balancing the intense demands of opening a school while working full-time.

There is currently a great need in the city of Atlanta for high-quality public school options. Just three years ago, 44 of Atlanta’s 73 schools were considered for a potential state takeover. A 2016 study revealed that based on the school report card grades given by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, almost 60% of schools would be considered low quality (score of below 70) and only 21% could be considered high quality (score of 80 or above). There is also a high demand by Atlanta families for additional options outside of the traditional schools their children are zoned for by address. The combined waitlists for charter schools located in Atlanta Public Schools currently exceed 9,000 applications.

The Georgia Charter Schools Association created its Charter Incubator
program to ensure students of all backgrounds have greater access to excellent educational opportunities through the development of strong leaders and additional high-quality school options. The GCSA Charter Incubator grants are designed to support incubator candidates as they work with Georgia Charter Schools Association to provide Atlanta families with additional public school options that can boost academic performance for their children and strengthen the entire public school system in the city of Atlanta.

GCSA’s Incubator Program allows participants to get the individualized coaching they need to get their charter petitions approved in Georgia. During last year’s petition cycle 100 percent of the GCSA Charter Incubator candidates who applied to the State Charter Schools Commission received approval.

Those applying for the GCSA Charter Incubator grants must meet eligibility requirements to be considered. These requirements include: The identification of a school leader (principal) as part of the application team; The identified school leader (principal) must have experience with school-based leadership, which could include a variety of leadership roles within a school such as, an Instructional Coach, school-based Professional Learning Community (PLC) Lead, Dean, Assistant Principal, or Principal; and the application team or school founder must plan to open their school within Atlanta Public Schools’ attendance zone.

The process to receive this grant is competitive. There is no guarantee applicants will receive a grant. Applicants who are selected for these grants must also apply for the Georgia Charter Schools Association Charter Incubator program and must follow a conflict of interest policy when spending these funds.

Those interested in this opportunity must fill out an application for the Incubator program and indicate an interest in the GCSA Charter Incubator grants. To be considered, applicants must apply by May 29, 2019. For additional information, visit the Charter Incubator page on Georgia Charter Schools Association’s website. Those applying can be admitted into the GCSA incubator program without receiving a GCSA Charter Incubator grant.

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About Georgia Charter Schools Association
The Georgia Charter Schools Association is a nonprofit membership organization for Georgia’s public charter schools and petitioners. Our mission is to advocate for, foster and support autonomous, high-quality charter public schools throughout Georgia. We believe every child in Georgia should have equal access to a high-quality, transformative public education. For additional information, please visit: https://gacharters.org/start-a-school/gcsa-charter-incubator/

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Jason has worked in education for over 15 years as a teacher, blogger and community advocate. He speaks and writes primarily about the need to improve education for Black boys, particularly increasing the number of Black male educators in schools. In addition to blogging here at EdLanta, Jason is also a featured writer at Education Post.

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