by Georgia Charter Schools Association
Governor Nathan Deal today offered a formal bill in the Georgia General Assembly that would enable the state of Georgia to take control of failing public schools. The bill calls for a constitutional amendment to create statewide Opportunity School Districts.
Failing schools are defined in the bill as schools that have scored 60 or below for three years in a row on the state’s College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI. Under state control, such schools could be supervised by the state, be closed entirely, or converted into public charter schools that are held accountable under a contract for improved student performance.
Opportunity School Districts would be overseen by a Superintendent, to be appointed by Governor Deal.
The bill can be found here
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?
The editorial board of CharterConfidential supports the Opportunity School District bill and encourages the General Assembly to put this question to the voters of Georgia.
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