The Governor’s top education priority, the “Opportunity School District,” was presented last week to various legislative and education leaders, including a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees. The legislation and its enabling language attempt to address the state’s lowest performing public schools.
“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 Governor would appoint a superintendent to serve as the executive officer of the Opportunity School District. The OSD Superintendent shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
The OSD shall be authorized to select up to 20 qualifying 51 schools to add to the OSD in any single school year.
The OSD shall have no more than 100 schools under its supervision at any given time.
Selection of up to 20 qualifying schools to add to the OSD in any single school year shall be based on an analysis of performance over the three-year period and other considerations, including geographic clusters of qualifying schools, feeder patterns with multiple eligible schools, availability of qualified partners, and community engagement and support.