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District and School Flexibility Support

The alliance will research issues specific to Georgia on improving student outcomes in local education agencies with an Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS) contract.

The goal of the alliance is to have SWSS and charter systems use research to learn about the flexibilities being implemented in their district and schools and improve their implementation.

  • Francesca Black
    Division Attorney, District Flexibility and Charter Schools
    Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)
  • Louis Erste
    Associate Superintendent, Policy, Charter Schools, District Flexibility, and Governmental Affairs
  • Elisa Falco
    Vice President School Services
    Georgia Charter School Association (GCSA)
  • Steve Flynt, Ph.D.
    Associate Superintendent
    Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Howard Hendley, Ed.D.
    Director of Policy
  • Lauren Holcomb
    Director of Organizational and Resource Development
    State Charter School Commission
  • Preston Howard
    Lieutenant Governor Appointee
    Charter Advisory Committee
  • Katie Manthey
    Academic Accountability Manager
    State Charter School Commission
  • Allen Mueller
    Director, Office of Charter Schools
  • Tony Pickett
    Strategic Planning Assistant to the Superintendent
    Henry County Schools
  • Pam Tallmadge
    Executive Assistant
    Charter Systems Foundation
  • Sam Rauschenberg, Ph.D.
    Deputy Director
    Governor's Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)
  • Dan Weber
    Executive Director
    Charter Systems Foundation
  • Mark Whitlock
    Charter Advisory Committee
  • Melissa Williams
    Rabun County School District
  • Martha Ann Todd
    Executive Director


Beth Howard-BrownBeth Howard-Brown

Beth Howard-Brown oversees the District and School Flexibility Support Alliance. Dr. Howard-Brown also directs the Southeast Comprehensive Center, which supports states and local education agencies in addressing the Every Student Succeeds Act in the areas of school improvement, the use of evidence-based research, professional development, educator effectiveness, and instructional strategies for specific populations.