Is state takeover the answer to failing schools in Georgia?

Is the governor’s plan to take over failing local schools and gather them in a special state district headed by his appointee a power grab or a necessary response to an entrenched public school system resistant to change?

That is the essence of the pro and con arguments around the Opportunity School District, which voters will face on the November ballot. Writing today in the AJC Get Schooled blog, a longtime school choice advocate argues the OSD is “a first step toward equal opportunity, and deserves voter approval.”

In his column, Georgia choice advocate and attorney Glenn Delk says, “Gov. Nathan Deal has been the subject of an unrelenting attack from members of the Education Industrial Complex over his proposed Opportunity School District. School boards, representatives of the teacher’s union, the superintendents’ association and the PTA have regurgitated every argument used to oppose any attempt to change the status quo.”

To read more of Delk’s defense of the governor and state takeover of schools, go to the AJC Get Schooled blog.

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