Governor Deal signs Georgia school turnaround bill

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed legislation stipulating how the state will intervene in school districts with the lowest-performing schools. 

House Bill 338, entitled The First Priority Act, allows a state officer to intervene in schools in the bottom 5 percent if they are in districts that have amended their flexibility contracts to allow it. Options include the takeover of these schools by nonprofit managers. 

Governor Deal signed 10 education bills into law, including a sanctuary school bill. (

Deal also signed several other bills during the ceremony at the Capitol, including one penalizing so-called "sanctuary" campuses and another that is expected to drive more money to charter schools.

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