Charter System status gives the Floyd County School system freedom from many state rules and regulations in exchange for the system’s agreement to increase academic achievement by students. It is important to note that charter status does not free the school system from all rules and regulations. We will still be required to observe any rule or regulation tied to the determination of federal AYP status. The system now enjoys many of the freedoms that have helped to make the system’s new charter school, the Floyd County Schools College & Career Academy, a model of excellence for the state. The system would be able to structure the local education program to meet the needs or our students and our community instead of having to comply with rigid state mandates that may not be in the best interest of our children. Charter also focuses on local control and decision making at the local system and school level. Charter systems are required to include the community and schools in the decision making process. Floyd County does this through Local School Governance teams in each school community.
(See Local School Governance)
2015 Renewal of Charter System Contract
The renewal of Charter System was approved by the State Board of Education on April 2, 2015. The Local School Governance Teams for each school had two members participated on the Charter Renewal Committee. The group worked for more than 10 months on a charter renewal document. The group split into sub-committees and studied other charters around the state for ideas in governance, waivers from state regulation and innovation. The work culminated in the development of the Charter Application for Renewal. The Georgia Board of Education approved the system renewal. The new charter contract began July 1, 2015. The application documents may be viewed at the links below:
Charter Application for Renewal 2014
Charter Renewal Study Committee
Charter Application Matrix for Local Governance
Charter Application Matrix for Waivers from state regulation
Examples of what we can do:
The system can adjust the school calendar, student scheduling, seat time required by students to get class credit or rigid graduation requirements that may not fit the needs of all students.
Example of what we can’t do:
An item the system would not be able to alter would be state standardized testing. The CRCT tests are used in the federal AYP determination and could not be changed.
Charter System Process