New charter commission names executive director

The state Charter Schools Commission has named Bonnie Holliday as its new executive director.

Holliday, a former teacher, comes to the commission from the governor’s office, where she served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement. She has also worked for Office of Planning and Budget for Race to the Top Innovation Fund.

Holliday was program manager for accountability for the old Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which was disbanded after a 2011 Georgia Supreme Court ruling determined that it did not have the power to authorize and direct local funding to charter schools.

Passage of the charter schools constitutional amendment last year led to the creation of the GCSC’s successor, the state Charter Schools Commission. Holliday will head up the new commission’s staff.