A growing number of school systems in Georgia are converting into charter districts to gain flexibility from state rules in exchange for promises of improved student performance.
The state started with a handful of charter districts at first, but now more than a dozen have converted. And Fulton County, among the largest districts in the state, hopes to gain approval to become a charter system this spring.
The districts are taking advantage of a 2007 law that allows systems to enter into contracts with the state freeing them from class size, teacher salary schedule and other restrictions.
Each school in a charter district creates a council of teachers, parents and community members that makes budgetary, hiring and other decisions instead of relying on the district's central administration.