The Georgia Board of Education approved seven appointees to the State Charter Schools Commission Thursday. The commission is being reestablished after the approval of a controversial amendment to the state’s constitution. Along with the State Board of Education, the commission can authorize and create charter schools after they’ve been turned down by local school boards.
Those chosen for the seven-member commission include: former University of Georgia president and previous Georgia Charter Schools Commission member Charles Knapp; attorney Jennifer Rippner, a former educational advisor to Governor Sonny Perdue; and Tony Lowden, the executive director of an afterschool enrichment program for at-risk kids in Macon.
Other members include: previous commission member Tom Lewis, finance expert Paul Williams, former state board of education member Jose Perez, and former Georgia Department of Education employee and interim director for charter school James E. Hogg.
The members were selected from lists submitted by Gov. Deal, Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston. Now that commission has been approved, members will decide when to hold their first meeting. By law, it’s recommended the commission meet by March 1.