While we are all sidetracked with the superintendent search, a very important decision is being made by district leaders and Michael Thurmond.. Which operating model will DeKalb choose by the approaching state deadline? Will it be IE2, Charter, or Status Quo?
A number of other school districts are choosing to become charter systems. Schools like the DeKalb County School District and the Atlanta Public School System have told the state they intend to become charter systems. As part of that model, districts gain freedom from most state rules and laws, but they need a local governing team at every school. Those teams will make decisions about budget, personnel and curriculum. School systems also have to sign a performance contract with the state. “The best thing about districts having to choose is that in either case, whether it’s IE2 or charter system, they’re selecting a performance contract; they’re agreeing to increase student performance,” [associate superintendent for policy and charters with the state Department of Education] Lou Erste said.
This is a critical decision that will effect our schools for decades. We are hopeful that this decision will be made with the new superintendent’s input. This is another reason to move forward with the search: Our new superintendent should have meaningful input and understanding of the decisions currently being made by the district.
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