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Announcements: What is the Opportunity School District?

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What is the Opportunity School District? 

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What is OSD?

The Opportunity School District (OSD) is a proposed constitutional amendment which allows the state to take over schools that have scored 60 or below on Georgia’s College and Career Readiness Index (CCRPI) for three consecutive years. The OSD would be run by a superintendent answering directly to the governor.

 

There are four options available to the OSD superintendent:

  • School closure
  • Re-staffing of school; staff is returned to the district and the OSD superintendent hires new teachers and administrative staff.
  • Transfer the school to the State Charter Schools Commission
  • OSD superintendent can direct local board to make changes at an OSD school via Contract

 

The OSD is authorized to take up to 20 qualifying schools per school year with no more than 100 schools under its supervision at any time. The school facilities of qualifying schools that are transferred to the supervision of the OSD will be under the control of the OSD. This includes textbooks, technology, media resources, instructional equipment, and all other resources. The OSD will be responsible for maintenance and repair of the building, but the local board is responsible for extensive repairs and capitol expenses.

 

When Would the Opportunity School District Take Over Local Schools?

 

If the constitutional amendment passes on November 8, 2016, schools will be eligible for takeover by the OSD on Jan. 1, 2017. A school will remain under the supervision of the OSD for a minimum of five consecutive years or, for OSD charter schools, for the term of the initial charter. If a school earns a rating above 60 on the CCRPI for three consecutive years, it will be released from the OSD. The maximum term a school will remain under the supervision of the OSD is 10 years. If an OSD schools is converted to state charter status, renewal of its charter will remove the schools from the OSD.

 

The OSD superintendent must identify the schools selected for takeover by April 1, 2017 and must specify the intervention method most appropriate for each school by July 1, 2017. This information will be published on the website of the OSD.

 

What Savannah-Chatham Schools are eligible for ISD takeover?

As of school year 2014-15, the following schools have met the OSD requirements and are eligible for takeover.

 

  •  Brock ES
  •  Haven ES
  •  Hodge ES
  •  DeRenne MS
  •  Mercer MS
  •  Myers MS

Expires

2/1/2025 
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