Richmond County School Superintendent Angela Pringle and school board members voiced concern for Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s new “school opportunity zone” legislation Tuesday, with some saying it could “punish disadvantaged students.”
The legislation, unveiled last week, calls for a statewide “district” of “consistently failing schools” scoring under 60 on the Department of Education’s College and Career Readiness Performance Index for three consecutive years. The state of Georgia could assume complete operation of a designated “failing” school, partner with local school districts to run it, convert it to a charter school or close it.
State officials would also have the authority to change curriculums and fire school employees.
Around 141 schools across the state could be affected, 21 of them are located in Richmond County.