Georgia DOE losing its charter school expert to Illinois

I was sorry to learn that Andrew Broy is leaving Georgia where he oversees charter schools for a similar job in Illinois. He is a smart guy and a strong advocate for the charter school movement.

Broy is leaving on a high note; the state just released its report card on charter school performance.

Among the report’s findings:

  • 64,949 charter students statewide
  • 4% of Georgia public school students attend charter schools
  • 85% of charter schools made adequate yearly progress
  • 61% of  charter schools exceeded the comparable student performance of their two closest schools
  • 81% of charter school high school students graduate
  • Charter schools are more likely to have a smaller achievement gap between students who qualify for free and reduced lunch and those that do not (see attached scatterplot diagrams)
  • Reflecting a trend that began in 2001, Georgia charter schools continue to serve a student population that is more likely to be economically disadvantaged and more likely to be racial minority

However, Broy is also leaving in a midst of a lawsuit challenging the state’s creation of a commission to overrule local school boards and approve charters in their communities and give those charters local tax dollars. An attorney himself, Broy and his expertise will be a real loss to the state in rebutting the lawsuit.

Here is the release about when and where Broy is going:

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools’ Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Andrew W. Broy as its new President. Prior to his appointment, Andrew Broy served as the Associate State Superintendent of Schools with the Georgia Department of Education where he was in charge of charter school authorization for the State and worked directly with the state legislature on education policy. During his tenure, the number of charter schools in Georgia increased from 34 to 122 and the State was awarded several charter policy awards by national organizations, including the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Today the 64,949 students served by Georgia’s charter sector outpace traditional public school students on state academic performance indicators while serving a population that is more likely to be economically disadvantaged.

Chairman of the INCS Board David Weinberg described Broy as a leader who understands the transformative role charter schools can play in supporting academic excellence. “We’re very excited about the expertise that Andrew will bring to INCS,” said David. “The search for new leadership has given us time to reflect on our past victories and coming challenges. From the approval of the Charter School Reform Act of 2009 to the recent vote to open a charter school in Peoria, INCS took important steps over the last twelve months. We eagerly look forward to the vigor that hiring Andrew represents for us, and we’re confident that we found someone equal to the tasks ahead. We will continue to support and advocate for charter schools as always, and we’re excited for the new ideas and vision Andrew brings from his extensive experience.”

“I am honored by the appointment and excited about the possibilities for enhanced public charter school options in Illinois,” said Broy, who will officially join INCS in March. “I look forward to working with charter schools and educational leaders across Illinois to position charter schools as part of the State’s overall school improvement efforts and to provide high quality educational opportunities for students,” added Broy. “The fact that I will be able to continue this important work in my home State of Illinois is an added benefit.”

In his most recent position, Broy worked directly with state leadership and was instrumental in creating the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, a single-purpose alternative authorizer dedicated to authorizing charter schools and ensuring that students enrolled in such schools are fully funded. Just this month, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ranked Georgia #4 in the nation for the strength and accountability of its charter law. Under his leadership, Georgia was awarded more than $17 million in 2007 to expand its charter sector.

From 2002 to 2006, Broy was an attorney in the Education, Civil Rights and Government practice in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, a national law firm. While in private practice, Broy represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts, specializing in school finance disputes, desegregation cases, and charter school law. He has also authored several amici briefs in the United States Supreme Court focusing on the limits of congressional power and has provided pro bono legal representation to the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, among other organizations. Broy is a graduate of Miami University and received his J.D. with high honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Broy began his career as a high school English teacher and a member of Teach for America.

Founded in the fall of 2003 by and for charter schools, INCS is a statewide membership organization with 39 member schools serving 32,000 students in 81 campuses across Illinois. INCS strives to fulfill its mission to serve as the collective voice of the Illinois charter movement and to promote high-performing charter public schools by directly supporting members and by building bridges with public education stakeholders and decision-makers.

Broy comes to INCS at a critical time in the charter movement. Charters have a proven track record of success serving high need populations in Illinois. As of October of 2009, 82% of Illinois‘ charter school students came from low-income families, 63% of Illinois charter school students were African American, and 32% were Latino. Chicago charter students outperform on standardized tests, as well — in 2009, 91% of K-8 charter school students posted high combined scores on statewide tests of reading, math and science, while 88% of charter high school students scored better on the Prairie State Achievement tests than students in neighboring traditional schools. The fact that Chicago charter high school students have a 5% greater chance to graduate, and that 32% more charter students attend selective college after graduation, is evidence of the need to continue providing high-quality charter school options to Illinois students.

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schlmarm

January 30th, 2010
10:39 am

Why should any education expert stay in this backwards state?

jsmom

January 30th, 2010
11:00 am

@schlmarm, not sure why an education expert would come to Illinois either…..

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David S

January 30th, 2010
12:16 pm

Charter schools are not the answer, so who cares if another overpaid government bureaucrat leaves the state. Hopefully they won’t continue to waste the money and will just leave the position unfilled.

Charter schools are just another extension of the socialist government-run system of education. They do not operate on market forces and rules and therefore also can never deliver a quality education that meets the needs of consumers.

All government involvement in education must end. Only a private, voluntary mechanism of education can ever hope to deliver what is needed for ALL consumers. To help this disillusion along, take your kids out of the government system and homeschool them if you cannot afford to send them to private schools. It is the only hope for america’s kids.

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Intowner

January 30th, 2010
1:44 pm

David S – yes, let’s abolish state-run education, and return to the system of the early 1800s, when most children were “home schooled” or “elite schooled.” Because of that system, most Americans were illiterate and vote-buying was rampant because the population couldn’t read the names on the ballot (they had to go by pictures). Only the relatively rich could read, and colluded on everything governmental and economic. But since you’re so broadly and well-educated yourself, I am not informing you of anything you cannot recite back to me chapter and verse, of the who’s who of deciding teaching children to read was a good thing for a growing country, that is was a mechanism to assure assimilation of all the unwashed hoards of illegal immigrants from Europe, reduced violence on election day, fostered small business enterprises because more people could cipher their account books, etc.
Honestly, you sound like you just don’t want your white fundamentalist Christian child to go to school with the dirty black kids.

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Tony

January 30th, 2010
2:00 pm

David S., sadly it’s you and people like you who are helping to keep our schools among tthe worst in the nation. I guess you think your kids are too good to go to school with poor kids. I suppose you want the majority of our population illiterate because that’s what would happen under your proposal. You and your right wing friends would be happy to see public education ruined because then you could ram through your right wing agenda which would put our state back 100 years.

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EducationCEO

January 30th, 2010
6:06 pm

A few things are certain: (1) He is leaving; (2) he is not an expert, unless you define expert as someone who is rude, condescending, and disrespectful towards women who know as much about the law as he does; (3) he has made it easy for enough of his EMO/CMO buddies to come to Georgia and get rich so now he needs to do the same in Illinois; and (4) he picked a very convenient time to leave. Something wicked this way comes, that’s for sure. I would not be the least bit surprised if Georgia loses the lawsuit. He will be long gone and won’t even care about the children of Georgia. He has padded his resume and is moving on to pastures that appear to be greener. Good luck and God speed to the people of Illinois.

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John Jacob Jinglehimerschmit

January 31st, 2010
8:21 pm

EducationCEO, sounds like you have a personal vendetta against Mr. Broy. Please explain the following line from your post “rude, condescending, and disrespectful towards women” and how he became so rich in his government job? Are you suggesting he has taken kick-backs? If so, are you not compelled to speak with the Georgia Attorney General about his actions? If your accusations are nothing more than petty, personal attacks, and for the time being, that is what it sounds like, you are to be taken no more seriously than anyone else who feels scorned and must rant and rave like a crazy person.

Matt K

January 31st, 2010
9:34 pm

Matt K

January 31st, 2010
9:35 pm

I have been working with a group of parents to start a charter school for more than a year and Mr. Broy was very helpful throughout the process. He explained how the process works, what local districts looked for, and what the state expected. Though we weren’t approved by our district, we plan to try again.

EducationCEO

February 1st, 2010
7:42 am

Dear John Jacob,

No personal vendetta, just reporting the facts. Those same facts have been shared with Kathy Cox and SBOE members, but apparently no one cares. I am not the only person who has had that same experience with him; many people are not ’saddened’ by his impending departure. As my grandmother always said, never trust little men with beady eyes. If you’d like, I can send you a copy of the conversation since I taped it, in the event I ever needed it as proof of his sexist behavior-also had our PR rep on the phone when the inappropriate comments were made. Oh yes, I do not doubt that he was helpful to people like Matt since they have the same genitalia. Some people just do not know how to respond to women, especially when they are intelligent, educated, well-versed in the law, and determined. Illinois can have him. Some people look better gone any way.

BTW: I already know that the poster is a ‘poser;’ just one of Broy’s good ol’ boy colleagues.

Have a great day!

Jennifer

February 1st, 2010
9:12 am

Big loss for Georgia’s children -

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CharterStarter, too

February 1st, 2010
11:03 am

Education CEO,

1. Broy, for the work and progress he made for this state in education and policy, was far UNDERPAID. He will be missed by many who respect his hard work, dedication, and commitment to quality in charter schools in this state.

2. See #1 – commitment to quality charters in this state….I’m willing to bet you’re a bitter petitioner whose “fabulous” charter was turned down. There’s no other reason for anyone to made such ridiculous and paranoid comments. If this is how you handle rejection and disappointment, you’re probably not cut out to be any type of leader, much less a charter publiic school leader.

3. I’m a woman. And I deeply respect the man.

Georgia's loss, Illinois' win

February 1st, 2010
11:04 am

This is a terrible loss for our state. Andrew Broy has gone above and beyond the call to ensure high quality education options for Georgia’s students. Mr. Broy must be commended for making tough decisions to shut bad schools down and for not approving sub-par schools in the first place. Let’s hope that we can replace Mr. Broy’s professionalism, solid integrity, and steadfast commitment to approving only high quality charter schools that make a real difference for our kids.

Charter Expert

February 2nd, 2010
9:51 am

Education CEO is insane. Actually, many charter applicants are – which is why their applications do not become actual charter schools. I have worked with Mr. Broy and his staff – a diverse and intelligent group of women and men who have always been helpful, professional, and respectful. Obviously, Education CEO has a personal vendetta and WAY too much time on her hands.

Policyguy

February 2nd, 2010
9:26 pm

Let me understand this: Mr. Broy went from a private law firm to a public agency and Education CEO thinks that he did it for the money?? I don’t know Mr. Broy personally, but I saw him on a panel about education reform in Georgia hosted and was impressed with his ideas about school reform. I am so used to hearing the normal policy blather, but Mr. Broy cut through it all and discussed the issue clearly and actually provided some real ideas. It seems to me we could use more of that type of thinking at the DOE.

Binky Witherspoon

February 2nd, 2010
10:16 pm

Policyguy – Broy is a good guy – he works hard, cares a lot. He’s stood up to a lot of giants on behalf of kids and parental choice with charter schools. I’m grateful as a parent and as a member of the charter movement for his work in Georgia. I sure wish him the best of everything!

As for the nasty comment by the Education CEO – it looks like the Tweet identified the blogger, and the individual IS the head of a school group whose charter was not approved – right on the mark! Take a peek at her blogs and see if you find her to be a reasonable and valid source of “the facts” as she blathers on about. What a load of rubbish!

Eduwonk

February 6th, 2010
5:13 pm

I have worked on charter schools in this state for more than 10 years, both as a member of a charter school board and as a principal. I remember working with the state DOE in 2004 on a charter application and being very disappointed in the whole process. We recently went through renewal in 2009, though, and I was amazed by the professionalism of the process. Mr. Broy’s staff was clear about the changes we had to make, helped us improve our application, and worked with us through renewal. The attorney on his staff sent us a detailed letter that let us understand what revisions were needed and why. In the end, I feel like our school is better off because the DOE has become much more rigorous in the process and (as I understand) is also beginning to close bad charter schools, something that is not easy but needs to be done. I give Mr. Broy a lot of credit for taking the flack, but doing right by our children. He will be missed here.

Joe C

February 9th, 2010
8:06 pm

Andrew Broy is one of the top education reformers in the nation. If more government leaders were as effective and conscientious as he is, our country would be in much better shape.

Kimberlin

February 16th, 2010
6:28 pm

Andrew is one of the most competent, yet wisest leaders I know. Georgia gained much through his leadership and I only hope the next person will successfully fill his shoes. I’m happy that he’ll be in Illinois, his home state doing exactly what he loves – improving educational options for all students. He’s a unique leader in the charter school movement and any state would be honored to have him. Amen to Joe C …very, very true!

JCED

February 21st, 2010
2:37 pm

I am a member of the governing board for a charter school that was recently granted a renewal by our local district and is awaiting a vote from the state. I’ve met with Mr. Broy many times and worked with he and Ms. Rossato in his office on our renewal. I am female and always found Mr. Broy to be helpful, respectful and definitely caring about the education of children in Georgia charter schools. I also disagree that Mr. Broy has paved the way for EMOs to take over in GA. Quite the contrary, from everything I have seen, his office has been enforcing stricter control and oversight of EMOs. Charters submitted where the school plans to partner with an EMO now must demonstrate true local control and how working with the EMO will directly or indirectly improve student achievement.

Sarah H

March 1st, 2010
1:12 pm

This is terrible news for Georgia. Why can’t we keep our best talent? We talk about teacher quality all the time, but what about policy leadership at the State level? Surely our Governor is not providing it with gift cards, austerity cuts, and more furloughs. Just when we need some clearheaded policy leaders, Mr. Broy leaves the Department. Here’s to hoping he stays engaged in Georgia.