I covered Wednesday’s State Board of Education meeting and listened to different presentations about how schools in Georgia are trying to be “innovative.”
Forsyth County school leaders talked about why they want the flexibility promised through IE2, which exempts districts from many state rules so they can try new methods to boost student achievement. Forsyth discussed how the program will let them decide how to spend money and where to assign teachers and how much time kids should spend in class — regardless of what state rules exist in these areas.
Different charter school applicants talked about plans to offer smaller class sizes, focus on different careers and have students attend school year-round.
All of these are interesting concepts and will help some students do better in school. But are these ideas really innovative? There are other schools in Georgia and across the nation experimenting in these areas.
What type of innovation would you like to see in schools?