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Georgia Legislature Considers Grading Schools

Legislative leaders are working on an education accountability bill that would assign letter grades to Georgia schools, state Rep. Brooks Coleman said Tuesday.

Legislative leaders are working on an education accountability bill that would assign letter grades to Georgia schools, state Rep. Brooks Coleman said Tuesday.

Schools that achieve “A” and “B” grades would be given flexibility on state requirements including class sizes, spending decisions and teacher hiring, Coleman, chairman of the House Education Committee, told an audience of lawmakers and lobbyists at The University of Georgia.

The state Department of Education would work with schools assigned grades of “C” or below to improve their performance.

“Leave the good-performing schools alone … but concentrate on failing schools,” said Coleman, R-Duluth.

The Georgia Senate passed similar legislation last winter sponsored by then-Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, R-Lyons. But the proposal died in the House after state School Superintendent John Barge and the state’s education lobby raised concerns about saddling schools with letter grades.

Read more: Dave Williams, Atlanta Business Chronicle

 

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