The SCSC was established via constitutional referendum in 2012 after the passage of House Bill 797. While the SCSC's duties are set forth in law and extend beyond simply authorizing schools, the SCSC's principal obligations include:
- Reviewing petitions for state charter schools and assisting in the establishment of state charter schools throughout Georgia;
- Developing and promoting best practices to encourage the development of high-quality charter schools;
- Promoting high standards of accountability for state charter schools; and
- Monitoring and annually reviewing the academic and financial performance, including revenues and expenditures, of state charter schools and holding the schools accountable for their performance pursuant to the charter.
More than 33,000 students across Georgia attend one of the SCSC's 35 state charter schools. State charter schools offer unique and innovative educational models, such as language immersion, single gender, virtual, blended learning, and science and arts-focused, and serve all types of students, including students of color, students with disabilities, English-language learners and gifted students. Find a state charter school.