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.

Students

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Sears, Chair, Executive Committee
SBIC Investment Director, Truist Community Capital, LLC

Shyam Kumar, Vice Chair, Executive Committee
Founder and CEO, NorthStar Education Partners

Ted Beck, Treasurer, Executive Committee
Budget Manager, University System of Georgia

Buzz Brockway, SCSC Commisioner Representative, Executive Committee
Vice President Public Policy, Georgia Center for Opportunity

Lauren Holcomb, Executive Committee
Executive Director, State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC)

Erin Hames
Headmaster, Heritage Preparatory School

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

Fadzai Konteh
Vice President – Public Finance & PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate, PNC Bank

Lisa Olens
Education Manager, Community & Economic Development, Georgia Power

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

Jonathan Tugman
Chief of Staff, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta

 

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 33 charter schools authorized by the State Charter Schools Commission (SCSC) 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, which brings state funding in line with other public schools.  However, state charter schools are not eligible to receive local tax revenue. This is why we need your support!

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 state charter schools.

 

 

JOIN OUR TEAM

We do not have any openings for paid positions, but we are always looking for champions for state charter schools! Please email mneely@scsfga.org if you would like to be involved. WE ARE LOOKING FOR BOARD MEMBERS WHO SUPPORT INNOVATIVE PUBLIC EDUCATION. Please email mneely@scsfga.org if you would like to be considered for a board position. We are actively seeking additional persons of color to join our cause. Currently, we are looking for the following types of board members:

  • a Treasurer with a financial background or experience as a Treasurer for other nonprofit boards
  • members from rural communities
  • members from urban communities and/or experience working with low-income and minority families
  • educators or inviduals with experience working in public schools

STAFF

Michele Neely
President
mneely@scsfga.org

 

CONTACT US

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

 

 

Board Meetings

The SCSF is currently holding all meetings for the Board of Directors and Executive Committee by conference call. The meetings are open to the public; however, there is not a public comment period during meetings. To make a public statement or address the board, please email mneely@scsfga.org. Meetings will follow the schedule below unless the needs of the organization require meetings to take place at other times. Any called meetings will be posted on this website and in the Fulton Daily Reporter at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that the SCSF has made changes to the meeting schedule to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your understanding.

To access meetings via conference call, dial 888-808-6929, and use access code 5206746#.

Meetings of the Board of Directors - 2020 Schedule

January 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - SCSC Conference Room, 508 Twin Towers West, 205 Jessee Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta - SCSF Jan 29 2020 Board Meeting Materials - compressed   Minutes SCSF Board Meeting Jan 29 2020

April 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - CALLED MEETING, via conference call - SCSF April 1 2020 Called Board Meeting Documents   Minutes - SCSF Called Board Meeting Apr 1 2020

April 15, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - CALLED MEETING, via conference call - SCSF Called Meeting April 15 2020 Materials    Minutes - SCSF Called Board Meeting Apr 15 2020

April 29, 2020 - CANCELLED

May 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. - CALLED MEETING, via conference call - SCSF May 20 2020 Called Meeting Materials

July 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - via video conference
Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.com, Meeting ID: 548 120 253, Or dial directly: 548120253@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##548120253

SCSF Board Meeting July 29 2020 Materials complete

October 28, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Meetings of the Executive Committee - 2020 Schedule - All Meetings Held by Conference Call

January 21, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

February 21, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

March 20, 2020 - CANCELLED

April 24, 2020 - CANCELLED

May 22, 2020 - CANCELLED

June 16, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

July 24, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

August 21, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

September 25, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

October 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

November 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m.