The State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia is a state-level, independent charter school authorizing entity. The commission has the power to approve or deny petitions for commission charter schools and renew, nonrenew, or terminate commission charter school petitions in accordance with Georgia law.
While the Commission's duties are set forth in law and extend beyond simply authorizing schools, the Commission's principal obligations include:
- Reviewing charter school petitions for commission charter schools and assisting in the establishment of commission charter schools throughout Georgia;
- Developing and promoting best practices for charter schools and charter school cosponsors in order to ensure that high-quality charter schools are developed and encouraged;
- Promoting high standards of accountability for commission charter schools; and
- Monitoring and annually reviewing the academic and financial performance, including revenues and expenditures, of commission charter schools and holding the schools accountable for their performance pursuant to the charter.