APS announces public meetings for school system flexibility options

BuildingStronger.FlexibilityGraphicAtlanta Public Schools (APS) wants to engage parents, employees, and community members in determining a long-term vision for building stronger schools for our students.

Additionally, the Georgia General Assembly has established June 30, 2015 as the deadline for each school system to inform the Georgia Department of Education of any intention to seek flexibility options and waivers to state law and the Georgia Department of Education policies and regulations.  Local school systems are encouraged to seek waivers from Title 20 statutes, which will enable districts to exercise flexibility in educational innovation and in the reallocation of resources to increase student achievement.  These flexibility options will be linked to district and school-level decision-making and governance.

Community Visioning Sessions will allow stakeholders to learn more about operating models and flexibility options and provide input on future plans for our schools.

All meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Parents, employees, partners and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend.
Note: Saturday, September 6 meeting is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
B.E.S.T. Academy High School, 1890 Donald L. Hollowell Pkwy, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Henry W. Grady High School, 929 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta, GA 30309
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Crawford W. Long Middle School, 3200 Latona Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Frederick Douglass High School, 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Carver High School, 55 McDonough Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30315
Thursday, September 4, 2014
North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327
Saturday, September 6, 2014
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
Martin Luther King Middle School, 1550 Hosea Williams Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30317


Saturday, September 13, 2014
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Maynard H. Jackson High School, 801 Glenwood Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30316


 What is an Investing in Educational Excellence (IE2) System?

•   Definition: A local district that has a performance contract with the State Board of Education (SBOE) that grants flexibility from specific Title 20 provisions, SBOE rules, and Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) policies and regulations.
•   Facts and Features: A local district has a contract with the SBOE, and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) monitors performance. The system gains flexibility to innovate in exchange for increased academic accountability.
•   Relative Advantages/Disadvantages: A local district has the flexibility to innovate and benefits from possible savings from waivers. The local district will lose governance over schools that fail to meet targets.
•   Federal/State Compliance: A local district must comply with all federal laws and regulations, and all state laws, rules and regulations that are not waived by the IE2 contract.

What is a Charter System?

•   Definition: A local district that has an executed charter from the SBOE that grants the district flexibility from almost all of Title 20, SBOE rules, and GaDOE policies and regulations.
•   Facts and Features: The charter is a contract between district and SBOE. The district gains flexibility to innovate in exchange for increased academic accountability, and the district must provide each school with school-based leadership and decision-making authority.
•   Relative Advantages/Disadvantages: A local district has school-level autonomy, and accountability is required. The district benefits from possible savings from waivers and additional per-pupil funding in QBE, if appropriated
•   Federal/State Compliance: A local district must comply with all federal laws and regulations, and with all state laws, rules and regulations that cannot be waived (e.g., health and safety).

What is a Status Quo System?

•   Definition: A local district that has formally rejected all flexibility options.
•   Facts and Features: No performance contract; no district flexibility from Title 20, SBOE rules, or GaDOE guidelines except in the case of a natural disaster.
•   Relative Advantages/Disadvantages: No change is required; no financial savings from waivers.
•   Federal/State Compliance: Must comply with all federal laws and regulations; must comply with ALL state laws, rules and regulations.
Atlanta Public Schools has established an Operating Models for School System Flexibility Options Advisory Committee to assist the district in reviewing input to determine the best flexibility option for our students and schools. The advisory committee is comprised of community citizens, teachers, parent council leaders,two students, a district PTA representative, principals, and other district employees.

The purpose of this committee is to:

•   Review the elements associated with the state’s recommended flexibility options, including, but not limited to, waivers from Title 20, fiscal impact, school governance implications, accountability and performance considerations, and consequences;
•   Build the knowledge base to develop an executive summary for the Superintendent, which will include detailing the flexibility options and the impact on our school district; and
•   Monitor the district’s drafting of all final documents associated with the Superintendent’s recommendation.
The public is invited to attend Advisory Committee meetings.
All meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Center for Learning and Leadership (CLL Auditorium)
130 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
To learn more about how Atlanta Public Schools plans to build stronger schools today, visit the flexibility website at http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/flexibility.

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