ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The State Board Education today officially approved the Dougherty County School System's application to become a Charter School System.
It will give schools freedom from some state regulations.
Each school will also have a governing board made up of the principal, system employees, community members, and parents.
They'll have input on issues such as personnel decisions and how school funding is spent.
School officials say students deserve community-led education.
"So what we hope is that the communities around our schools will really embrace this," said J.D. Sumner, DCSS Spokesperson. "Will really get involved and want to be a part of this process because it really does take a village to raise children and raise them right. We want to finally get our village involved in the educational process."
Administrators and teachers are currently in training to prepare for the changes.
They'll start implementing the new system next school year.