After much anticipation, Plan B — an alternative to the Governor’s Proposed Opportunity School District — made its debut late Friday when Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) published HB 338.The new legislation is designed to create an intervention plan for chronically failing schools after voters turned down Amendment 1 (OSD legislation) last November.
HB 338 would allow for a state takeover of struggling schools, and like the OSD legislation, would create a new position for a state official to oversee these schools. However, under HB 338, there would be no state appointed Superintendent who would report to the Governor. Instead, a Chief Turnaround Officer (CTO) would be appointed by the State Board and report directly to them. Under HB 338, the CTO should be an employee of the Department of Education, although this person will report directly to the State Board and will serve at the pleasure of the State Board. Legislation also outlines qualifications of the CTO, including: holding the position of principal or higher in a public school system for a minimum of three years; and “extensive experience in turning around failing schools.”
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