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CCPS a Georgia Charter System

 Superintendent Reese at State Board
Superintendent Reese at State Board

Catoosa County Public Schools approved as a Georgia Charter System

 

On June 9, 2016, Catoosa County Public Schools received approval by the State Board of Education as a Georgia Charter System. Superintendent Reese explained that all Georgia school systems had to choose one of three new governance structures prior to June 30, 2015. The options included: charter system, strategic waiver, or status quo. She said, “After listening to stakeholders and receiving input for six months, the Catoosa County Board of Education voted unanimously to become a Charter System.”

 

Mrs. Reese explained that a Charter System is different than a charter school. Charter schools operate independently of the local school district, but Charter Systems remain under the authority of the local board of education. As a Charter System, the school district receives flexibility from the state board to implement innovative strategies to improve student achievement in each school.

 

Superintendent Reese said, “I am very excited about the future of education in Catoosa County as a Georgia Charter System. We will have so much more local control to determine the programs that will be best for our children in Catoosa County. Each school will also have the opportunity to implement innovative programs targeted to the needs of their students.”

 

One innovative program the system will implement, Catoosa U, has received attention from the state and Superintendent Reese will be discussing the program with other Charter Systems at a workshop in Atlanta. Catoosa U is a unique program where students will have the opportunity to earn high school course credit for school system paid internships. Mrs. Reese said, “Catoosa U will allow students to participate in ‘real world’ job settings. While earning course credit, students will also gain work experience. I hope some of the students who participate in this program will attend technical school or college and return to the school system or a business in the community to enter the workforce.”

 

In a press release on June 9, 2016, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle said, “All across Georgia, we have seen great success with the implementation of Charter Systems in many of our public school districts. I’m thrilled Catoosa County now has the opportunity to embrace innovative ideas and strategies that will undoubtedly lead to an increase in student achievement.”

 

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