Atlanta’s Carver High School may be put under charter management

Atlanta’s Carver High School is one of five Atlanta schools that could be put under the management of private charter school groups.

It’s one part of a larger plan to improve some of Atlanta’s lowest performing schools.

Over the next few years, Purpose Built Schools, a nonprofit affiliated with Atlanta’s Drew Charter School would take control of Carver as well as Thomasville and Slater Elementary and Price Middle schools.

Another local nonprofit charter school operator, Kindezi, would run Gideons Elementary School starting in the 2017-18 school year.

The outside groups would be in charge of hiring teachers and other school staff, planning classes and most other parts of running the schools. School staff would no longer be school district employees.

Few districts nationally have tried the same thing, and their results have been, at best, mixed. The groups Atlanta Public Schools would hire have little experience turning around schools as poor and troubled as Atlanta’s. However, both groups run successful charter schools.

The Atlanta school board will vote on the plan Monday.

>>Read more about the plan here.

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