The Georgia Board of Education is considering an amendment that would require school districts to communicate more with parents and community members before seeking increased flexibility under a new law.
The policy change concerns Investing in Educational Excellence or “IE2″ which allows school districts to be exempt from state rules over class size, teacher pay and other areas. In exchange for this freedom, school districts must promise to boost student achievement.
Before school districts can apply for this status they must hold a public hearing. The state is considering adding more guidelines after parents and other community members complained they didn’t get enough notice or information from their districts.
Gwinnett and Forsyth counties are the only IE2 districts in the state, but more are expected in coming years.
The intent of this policy change is needed, but everyone will have their own ideas of what is needed.
How much information is enough? Can districts ever