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Mr. Herb Garrett

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Executive Director

Georgia School Superintendents Association
P.O. Box 3980
Atlanta, Georgia 30302
United States


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History - The Georgia Vision ProjectA Vision for public education, 8 Nov 2014 [cached]
Herb Garrett, Executive Director, Georgia School Superintendents Association
It would leave parents in those ..., 27 Feb 2011 [cached]
It would leave parents in those communities with no options if the programs are closed, said Herb Garrett, director of the Georgia School Superintendents Association.
About Us | GAEL - Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, 19 Feb 2013 [cached]
Herb Garrett Executive Director 404.413.8137
Atlanta First United Methodist Church - The Messenger, 1 Feb 2005 [cached]
Herbert W. Garrett, Executive Director of the Georgia School Superintendents Association will be our guest speaker.
Biographical Sketch Of Herbert Garrett
erbert W. Garrett, now in his fifth year as Executive Director of the Georgia School Superintendents Association, is a lifelong resident of Georgia and a product of its public schools and colleges. Prior to accepting his current position, he spent a 32-year career in pursuit of providing a better education for Georgia's boys and girls, a career in which he served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. He brings the perspective of having grown up in the small, rural Georgia town of Lincolnton but having spent the majority of his professional career in suburban Atlanta. He retired as superintendent of the Henry County Schools, one of America's most rapidly growing districts.
Herb has served on numerous boards and committees, and he was elected as president of both the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) and the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) during his career. He was actively involved in civic clubs, churches, and Chambers of Commerce in the communities where he served. He is married to the former Sue Powell, and they reside in McDonough, Georgia.
September 24, 2012: School Superintendent Association Head Refutes Pro-Charter Claims, 24 Sept 2012 [cached]
Herb Garrett, the executive director of the Georgia State School Superintendents Association has some thoughts on the amendment. After reading what Tony Roberts, president of the Georgia Charter School Association and Bert Brantley, the spokesperson for the pro-amendment group told me, Garrett says, "It continues to amaze me that supporters of the proposed amendment see all kinds of extraneous issues arising from the Supreme Court's ruling which struck down the former Charter Schools Commission on constitutional issues"
Garrett says that the ruling said nothing about limiting the ability of the State Board of Education to approve charter schools, nor did it contain any language that would limit the ability of the Georgia General Assembly to set educational policy through legislation (a contention of some politicians who have used this argument to bolster their argument that the amendment is needed).
He adds that The State Board of Education approved most of the former Commission schools as state special charter schools after the Supreme Court decision last spring, and no lawsuit was filed, or to the best of his knowledge, threatened.
Garrett scoffed, "The comparison of charter school management companies to companies like Ombudsman is a bit disingenuous, too. Ombudsman, which is hired primarily by local schools systems to run alternative programs that are too expensive to operate as a local entity, is an accredited instructional program and is not given management authority over any school or system of which I am aware. Some local school systems also hire private companies to perform functions related to custodial and maintenance operations. Unlike those aforementioned management companies, though, local boards who answer to local taxpayers about the expenditure of their tax funds make the decisions to hire these private providers; the decisions are not made by a group of political appointees in Atlanta."
Garrett says that more than anything else, the amendment is about money -"money for companies that run charter schools and money for politicians' election campaigns. Currently, the pro-charter advocates have raised almost a half-million dollars and, according to Morris News Service, 96 percent of those funds have come from out of state, including from for-profit management companies.
He adds, "I feel safe in saying that those dollars are not being spent purely for the altruistic purpose of providing school choice. As noted in a recent opinion piece in The Macon Telegraph, one need only 'follow the money.'"
Garrett reiterates that the position of his organization, the Georgia School Superintendents Association, is in support of charter schools as a "tool in the tool box" for improving public education in our state.
"We simply believe that the best venue for deciding whether a charter school should be located in a local community is at the local level," he says, "Such a decision should take into account the feasibility of opening a new cost center, whether such a school would offer educational opportunities that are significantly different and better than those already offered by the local school system, and what the fiscal impact would be on both the school system and its taxpayers.
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