Crisis Breeds Innovation

More of this please.

Two Northeast Georgia school systems could join four others in the state and avoid state spending restrictions and rules by setting more stringent academic goals for themselves as charter systems.

Earlier this month, school boards in Barrow County and the city of Jefferson approved letters notifying the state that each district intends to convert to a charter system.

Charter systems are public school districts that set unique, often more rigorous, school policies in place of state requirements. The districts still are held accountable to federal laws.

Officials in several other Georgia school systems also are considering charter status, taking this year’s state funding cuts as a sign that school leaders should try something different before things get worse, according to Andrew Broy, the state’s associate superintendent for policy and charter schools.

It’s a pretty novel approach that would probably have been resisted in the past, but for the present budget cuts.

Works for me.

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