A new legislative proposal to create a statewide “Opportunity School District” aims to boost student achievement at Georgia’s most challenged schools. Close scrutiny of the measure is warranted before its proposed drastic and permanent remedies are passed into law. Georgia Senate Bill 133 sets out the parameters of Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to allow the state to run public schools, partner with local school districts to run them, convert them into charter schools or close them. A March 2015 Georgia Budget and Policy Institute assessment of the plan raises important unanswered questions, explored in detail in this brief. Download the full report.
When the state announced earlier this month that it was sitting on a mountain of tax