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If the Opportunity School District is approved, the state would be able to take over a limited number of Georgia’s lowest performing schools and close them, run them or convert them to charter schools.
Some of the changes Carstarphen recommends would happen next school year, including putting Thomasville Heights Elementary School under the management of a nonprofit affiliated with Atlanta's Drew Charter School. That nonprofit — Pupose Built Schools — would eventually manage four schools, including Carver High School.
Carstarphen said Monday that the charter school organizations that would manage schools—Purpose Built Schools and Kindezi, which currently operates two Atlanta charter schools—have a record of success. Those groups would be able to make changes that the school district couldn’t on its own, she said.
“They’re choosing to label it privatization or charter schools,” she said of critics. “It’s not.”
The board votes on Carstarphen’s recommendations March 7.