President of Illinois Charter Schools

CHICAGO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- 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."