“It adds another layer between the parent and the administration of the school,” said Kathryn Rice, a founding member of the South DeKalb Improvement Association.
Supporters say Georgia has let low-performing schools languish for too long.
“What I can tell you is that parents generally are frustrated. They want options, and they want schools that work,” said Alisha Thomas Morgan, a former Democratic state lawmaker and charter school advocate who has bucked her party on the issue and now runs a group of charter schools — the Gwinnett-based Ivy Preparatory Academy. One of the organization’s three campuses, a school for boys in DeKalb, is on the state’s takeover list.
Morgan said the opportunity district will be good for Georgia as long as its superintendent considers what each community wants for its schools.
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