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Georgia Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

 Media Contact:  - GaDOE Communications Office,  dtofig@gadoe.org , (404) 463-1487     Georgia will celebrate National Charter Schools Week, May 3-9, with a number of events at charter schools throughout the state.     "The charter school movement in Georgia is growing quickly, which means we are offering parents and students more choices than ever before," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "Most importantly, Georgia's charter schools are successfully educating a diverse population of students and that is definitely something to celebrate."     National Charter Schools Week is May 3-9 and will be celebrated in Georgia at a variety of locations throughout the state. To see more on this week's events, go to the Georgia Charter Schools Association website at  www.gacharters.org .      Charter Schools are independent, tuition-free public schools that enter into a contract -- or charter -- that offers flexibility from many state laws and policies in exchange for the promise of high student achievement. Georgia has more than 30,000 students attending 113 charter schools. The number of charter schools in Georgia has more than tripled in the last four years.     Georgia has been recognized nationally for its charter schools program. In 2008, the state of Georgia received the "Improving Policy" award from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers for its efforts to expand the number of high-quality charter schools in the state.     On Tuesday, State Rep. Jan Jones, R-Milton, will receive the  2009 Champions for Charters Award  from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She will join other national recipients who are being honored for their leadership and contributions to the development of high quality charter schools.    MORE INFORMATION -  National Charter Schools Week events in Georgia  -  Procla mation from Gov. Sonny Perdue on Charter Schools Week    -  2007-2008 Charter School Annual Report  -  More information on Charter Schools :