Gov. Nathan Deal today signed legislation to take over “chronically failing” schools in Georgia in order to turn them around. The sweeping reform, known as the “Opportunity School District” legislation, still requires voter approval of a constitutional amendment in order to be enacted.
Voters will decide in the 2016 General Election.
The legislation lays the framework for Deal to make appointments to oversee the schools and determine how they will be run.
“By signing the Opportunity School District bill, we are promising better days ahead for students trapped in failing schools,” Deal said. “The power of positive change now rests in the hands of Georgia’s voters, and I know they share my belief that every child can learn and should have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the workforce or for college.
“There are currently 139 schools across Georgia that have received a failing grade from the state accountability system for at least three consecutive years. Too few of these students go on to higher education, too few attain job skills and too few get a high school diploma. Too often this leads to a life that never fulfills its potential. With this new system, we can and will do better.”