DeKalb school officials to hear public on “charter” system application

The DeKalb County school board will take public input Wednesday on the district’s application to the state for a new governance model.

DeKalb wants to become a “charter” system, which would allow ongoing access to waivers from Georgia mandates such as caps on class sizes or minimum number of school days. In exchange, the district would pledge better service for low-income students and those who speak limited English, while also working to attract, keep and motivate high-quality teachers and principals.

The 49-page application is posted on the school system website, The comment sessions are at 1:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at the school district offices, 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd., Stone Mountain.