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Georgia

Governor

Governor Nathan Deal (R)

Nathan Deal

Republican Gov. Nathan Deal increased the cap on Georgia’s tax credit-funded school choice scholarship program and strengthened the existing voucher program for special needs students. He led the charge to restore the state’s chartering authority, previously denied by a judicial ruling, and established a new, stronger state-funding mechanism for charters. His commission however has been highly regulatory, constraining the growth of charters. Gov. Deal recently proposed a “recovery school district” styled after Louisiana’s statewide takeover of failing schools, an additional expansion opportunity for charter schools. Gov. Deal also enacted a statewide teacher evaluation system that incorporates multiple measures of classroom effectiveness, focused on a teacher’s impact on students, where student achievement counts for at least 50 percent of the total evaluation.

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