She started a new center that is turning heads as Georgia embarks on a statewide effort to improve its lowest performing schools, under Gov. Nathan Deal's new First Priority Act.
More than 200 schools and organizations have made a pilgrimage to look and learn. The center earned Marietta schools, at best a tenth the size of the typical metro Atlanta district, an innovator of the year award last summer from the Georgia Charter System Foundation. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a top contender to succeed Deal, hosted the ceremony and touted the “one-of-a-kind” program. Sen. Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta, chairman of the state Senate Education and Youth Committee, was a judge on the selection committee, and calls the center’s work “exemplary.”