Nearly 500 charter schools supporters rallied on the front steps of the Georgia State Capitol Building on Tuesday, May 17, in support of the 16 charter schools approved by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, an entity that was ruled unconstitutional by four of the seven judges on the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday.
The event was highlighted by spirited remarks from influential politicians such as Georgia House Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones, Sen. Chip Rogers and Rep. Alisha Morgan, as well as Nina Gilbert, head of school, Ivy Preparatory, Ivy Prep sixth grader Lauren Williams, Peachtree Hope Principal Kendra Shipman, Museum School mom Annemarie Eades and Tony Roberts, president and CEO, Georgia Charter School Association.
The rally garnered scores of media coverage. Here are some of those clips:
Hundreds protest overturning of charter school law
Gwinnett Daily Post
Hundreds Rally Against Charter School Ruling
WSB-TV 2 Atlanta
Supremes say charter schools out, Senate says not so quick
The Fayette Citizen
Hundreds protest Ga. charter school ruling
Seattle Post Intelligencer