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Georgia Education Reform Commission Meeting and the Opportunity School District Proposal

posted Dec 8, 2015, 9:48 AM by Erika Henson   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 10:05 AM ]
From the offices of the Governor

December 15
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
DECAL Oak Conference Room, Sloppy Floyd Building, Suite 824, East Tower 

Reccomendations on Education Reform

Governor Deal created this commission to provide recommendations intended to improve our educational system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.  His vision for K-12 education in Georgia is a system driven by student need that provides local school and district leaders with real control and flexibility. With this commission, it is his hope that we will work together to make education more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce.

Information you need to know about the Opportunity School District Proposal
(This information was taken directly from the Governors site. https://gov.georgia.gov/opportunity-school-district-proposal)

About the Opportunity School District

In order to turn around struggling schools, Gov. Nathan Deal proposed creation of an Opportunity School District (OSD). Based on similar, successful initiatives in Louisiana and Tennessee, it would authorize the state to temporarily step in to assist chronically failing public schools and rescue children languishing in them.

In the governor’s proposal, persistently failing schools are defined as those scoring below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education’s accountability measure, the College and Career Performance Index, for three consecutive years.

The OSD would take in no more than 20 schools per year, meaning it would govern no more than 100 at any given time.
Schools would stay in the district for no less than 5 years but no more than 10 years, and would then return to local control.

The OSD legislation requires a constitutional amendment, for which there must be a two-thirds majority in both chambers. The General Assembly passed the constitutional amendment resolution and the implementing legislation during the 2015 legislative session. It now requires a majority approval by Georgia voters in the 2016 general election.

Learn more about Louisiana's Recovery School District and Tennessee's Achievement School District. Read more about Deal's proposal below:
State of the State: Great challenges require great cooperation
Deal unveils Opportunity School District legislation
Deal: Senate gives hope to students, parents

Related Files
AttachmentSize Georgia Public Schools Earning F on CCRPI for Previous Three Years UPDATED.pdf 52.25 KB
OSD legislation.pdf 35.91 KB
Opportunity School District FAQ v16 updated March 23 2015.pdf 63.45 KB
Georgia OSD overview rev2 March 23 2015.pdf 29.89 KB