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DCSS holds charter system public hearing

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Dougherty County School System is a step closer to a fundamental shift in how it operates, a change leaders hope brings more community involvement and more student success.

Tonight, leaders held a public hearing on their plan to become a charter system.
That would give schools greater flexibility and freedom from many state regulations.
Each school would have a governing board made up of teachers, parents, and leaders in that local community that would have input into school improvement plans and personnel and spending decisions.

"The charter system extends, if you will, the authority of the superintendent to the local school governance teams so that they can make site-based decisions and make recommendations to the superintendent,” said Jewel Faison, Internal Charter Consultant. “That's a big change from how we have it now."

Schools would have to meet improvement goals to keep the charter designation.
The school system hopes to submit its final application to the state by the end of the year.
If the State School Board approves it the changes would take effect next school year.

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