Atlanta Public Schools will host Community Visioning Sessions across the district to inform and gather feedback from stakeholders about the Georgia Department of Education school system operating models and flexibility options.
The sessions are opportunities to inform the community of the potential choices facing the district and collect feedback from stakeholders – parents, guardians, students, district employees and community members.
Atlanta Public Schools, like other school districts, is legally required to notify the Georgia Department of Education which flexibility option it intends to adopt by June 30, 2015.
An advisory committee has been created with representatives from the district’s schools and administration, as well as appointments from community groups and PTAs. The advisory committee will consider the community’s input in a recommendation it will make to the superintendent in October.
The three major school system operating models and flexibility options are Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) system, Charter system, and Status Quo system.
This is a major decision for school districts across the state. Public school systems in Georgia are governed by the state’s education law,better known as Title 20 of theOfficial Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.). The operating models vary in requirements for governance structure and allow systems the flexibility to innovate and increase autonomy, including waivers from state laws, rules and guidelines in exchange for greater accountability and for improving student performance.
In recent school years, the district has used waivers from state requirements such as mandatory class sizes, expenditure controls, and staffing. Depending on the operating model chosen, Atlanta Public Schools and other Georgia districts can continue to receive these and similar waivers.
All APS vision meetings will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., except the Sept. 6 meeting, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Here’s a look at the meetings calendar:
Tuesday, Aug. 26
B.E.S.T. Academy High School, 1890 Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy, NW
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Henry W. Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Drive
Thursday, Aug. 28
Crawford W. Long Middle School, 3200 Latona Drive
Tuesday, Sept. 2
Frederick Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive
Wednesday, Sept. 3
Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd
Thursday, Sept. 4
North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Drive
Saturday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Martin Luther King Middle School, 1550 Hosea Williams Drive, NE