2. These are the schools in danger of takeover: If voters approve the Opportunity School District deal, the state would likely start taking over schools beginning with the 2017-18 school year basing its selection on College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) data from the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
This map displays failing schools CCRPI scores from 2012, 2013 and 2014. Click on a point on the map to see that's schools CCRPI scores from the past three years.
3. The idea is modeled after the Recovery School District in Louisiana, where 10 years ago the state snatched more than 100 of New Orleans' worst schools in a Hail Mary attempt to revamp the district. Georgia's "Opportunity District," if approved, would be Deal's signature piece of education policy and a drastic departure from the state's current, more passive approach to failing schools. Advocates of the model say it show what's possible when elected school boards, unions and poorly run school systems get out of the way and let school leaders decide how to educate students.
4. This is when it would happen: In November 2016, Georgians will vote on authorizing the takeover district.
5. Some people don't like the school takeover plan: Opponents of state takeover say it would give control of schools to an aloof entity that is not accountable to voters or parents. They say it's unclear what the state would do to improve schools that local districts aren't already doing. And the real issue for many schools, they say, is poverty.