The Georgia Legislature has a fondness for passing education laws that feature the words “flexibility” and “charter.” Lawmakers like these laws even better when they don’t involve large infusions of new cash for schools.
One such law is about to take root. All 180 of the state’s school districts have until June to proclaim themselves some form of charter (system charter, system of charter clusters or system of charter schools) or the old standby “Investing in Educational Excellence” system, or IE2. The other choice open to districts is to declare themselves satisfied with the status quo, which, by design, sounds unappealing and lazy.
In exchange for increased flexibility and freedom from some regulations, the state will hold systems accountable for higher performances.