developing measures related to the potential rating system or, perhaps, some other way to assess schools. The district also is authorized to continue to explore what actions could happen to schools that succeed or fail. But the board would have to do another vote to approve those phases of the plan.
The rating proposal came under heavy criticism from Atlanta Federation of Teachers and other groups who fear it will lead to charter groups running low-performing schools.
Esteves said he recommended a delayed, phased-in approach because “a big focus of ours has been community engagement.”
“There’s been a lot of misleading information about the framework, and we thought the best way to combat that was by breaking it up,” he said.
The board’s original vote would have authorized the district to spend $725,000 annually to develop the rating system, including finding data sources and surveys.
The board’s partial authorization means the district won’t spend that full amount, but officials will begin to design some of the measures that could be used to rate or evaluate schools, which likely would require spending some money. District officials did not say how much they would need to move the plan along before the board votes again.
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