South Georgia school officials question 'Opportunity District'

South Georgia school officials question 'Opportunity District'

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A controversial plan to turn around failing schools is raising questions from school officials in South Georgia.

Governor Nathan Deal made the proposal, which would create a statewide Opportunity School District, led by a superintendent who would report directly to the Governor.

Gov. Deal defines persistently failing schools as those scoring below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education's accountability measure for three consecutive years.

Six Dougherty County schools are on that list.

"Early last year we addressed our deficiencies, we've set benchmarks, and we will expect to be off the list by the time this law is enacted so I don't see it relevant to us," said Dougherty County Schools Superintendent David Mosely.

Schools would stay in the district for no less than five years but no more than 10 years.

Deal said it's all about providing more chances for students in struggling schools to succeed.

He's working to put the amendment on the 2016 ballot.

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