In the November election, the Opportunity School District (OSD) referendum will be on the ballot. Along with the Georgia School Boards Association, and other school systems, The Troup County Board of Education voted to oppose this item on the ballot. The Troup County community should understand the impact of the amendment and the legislation prior to making a decision at the polls.
The OSD will allow the state government to 'take over' schools that have scored 60 or below on Georgia's College and Career Readiness Index (CCRPI) for three consecutive years. This assessment is the only measurement for a school to be listed as an OSD. In addition, OSD's will be run by a state superintendent who will report directly to the governor, thus, removing the voice of the local community and school board.
As a stakeholder, now is the time to learn more, educate others about the OSD plan, and initiate conversation about this important referendum. There are a list of resources available on this webpage to help you understand OSD in greater detail.
The OSD referendum on the ballot will read:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?