About Us

The State Charter Schools Foundation of Georgia is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting high quality sustainable state charter schools serving children throughout Georgia by leveraging resources to help schools
launch, build capacity, and grow.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Johnna Robinson, Chair
Land Sales Manager, Georgia Power

Erin Hames, Vice Chair
President, ReformEd

Chris Sears, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, SunTrust Community Capital

Lauren Holcomb
Executive Director, State Charter Schools Commission

Bonnie Holliday
Executive Vice President for Policy and External Relations, Georgia Charter Schools Association

Shyam Kumar
Founder and CEO, NorthStar Education Partners

Katherine Schermerhorn
Senior Principal of Lead Communications, Chick-fil-A

Jonathan Tugman
Chief of Staff, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta

Paul Williams
Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

BACKGROUND

Georgia’s first charter school law was passed in 1993 and was amended in 1998 to allow for locally approved charter schools.  In 2008, the law was amended to allow for a state commission to approve charter schools, however in 2011, the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled the commission law unconstitutional.  In 2012, a constitutional amendment was overwhelmingly approved by Georgia voters to allow for a new State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia ("Commission"). In addition to state authorization, the Commission was granted the authority to actively seek supplemental revenue from federal grant funds, institutional grant funds, and philanthropic organizations. As a result, the State Charter Schools Foundation of Georgia (SCSF or Foundation) was incorporated in 2015.

SCSF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  foundation established to leverage resources to advance education in Georgia through excellent state charter schools.  While the Commission played a role in the creation of the SCSF, the two organizations are separate and operate under the authority of two different governing boards and separate bylaws.  The Commission and Foundation both share an unwavering commitment to support state charter schools; however, the organizations play very different roles in terms of providing that support.   The Commission is the state charter authorizer (the entity charged with approving, evaluating, and holding state charters accountable for performance), and the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  foundation that makes strategic investments to support the planning, implementation, capital costs and growth of excellent state charter schools.

GEORGIA CHARTER LANDSCAPE

There are currently 115 charter schools in Georgia.  Of those, 29 are authorized by the Commission and are thereby “state charter schools.”  Total enrollment for state charter schools exceeds 33,000 students in K-12th grade.  Per pupil funding for state charter schools made strides towards equity in the 2018 legislative session with the passage of House Bill 787.  For the 2018-19 school year, state charter schools on average receive $9,257 per pupil from state and federal sources. Traditional public schools in Georgia receive an average of $9,581 per pupil from local, state and federal sources.  State charter schools are not eligible to receive local tax revenue.

The per pupil revenue received by state charter schools must cover all expenses, including facility leases, debt services, capital  projects, and renovations.  This is not the case for traditional district schools that can access additional funding revenue through local taxes like SPLOST and bonds.

In essence, state charter schools must do more with less.  Knowing that, the State Charter Schools Foundation raises money and leverages additional resources to support these schools.

 

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are currently seeking a qualified individual or firm to provide accounting services for the SCSF. For more information, please click below.

SCSF Financial Services Nov 2019

STAFF

Laura Bollman
President & Chief Executive Officer
lbollman@scsfga.org

 

CONTACT US

205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
1470B Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334
Office: (404) 656-2837

 

 

Board Meetings

For the 2018-19 fiscal year, the State Charter Schools Foundation Board of Directors will meet at 1:30pm EST on the following dates: August 24, 2018; November 28, 2018; February 22, 2019; and May 29, 2019.   Board meetings are held at 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Ste. 1470B Twin Towers East, Atlanta, GA 30334.

Please follow the link below for the most recent Board Minutes. View Board Minutes