The amendments will affect decisions in February about the future of nine schools whose charters are up for renewal, including online school Georgia Cyber Academy, the largest public school in the state.
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In addition to the academic changes, the commissioners revised their guidelines for financial and operational performance.
For instance, in the past, schools were at risk of closure if they weren't routinely meeting all requirements. Under the new guidelines, they can be renewed if they failed to meet requirements in the past but are showing progress.
"What it does is give them credit in areas we just overlooked," commission Chairman Tom Lewis said.