Georgia’s public charter schools will receive dedicated facilities funding for the first time ever under legislation approved by state lawmakers on Thursday, March 31. House Bill 430 also creates new minimum standards for districts that authorize charter schools. The provisions, which were included in House Bill 430, were based on recommendations made by the Governor’s Education Reform Commission in 2015 and strongly supported by Georgia Charter Schools Association and numerous education reform organizations.
The bill gained the final approval of the Georgia Senate after the legislative body took a 37-15 vote in the waning hours of the 2017 Legislative Session. The bill now needs the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal to become law.
“This legislation is a positive step forward for public charter schools in Georgia and will help them ensure the best possible educational experience for tens of thousands of children,” said Tony Roberts, president and CEO of the Georgia Charter Schools Association. “We want to thank Representative Buzz Brockway and Senator Fran Millar for their leadership on this important issue and the members in both chambers who put children first and voted yes on this important legislation.”
As passed, House Bill 430 will create a new $100,000 annual block grant for every public charter school to use towards their facility needs pending legislative budget inclusion. The bill also clarifies how federal title funds are distributed.