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Fulton Schools Become Georgia’s Largest Charter System

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Fulton County Schools will become Georgia’s largest charter system.

The designation was approved Thursday by the state Board of Education. It gives the metro Atlanta district creative freedom to improve student achievement.

Officials say it also paves the way for sweeping change in the district of 100 schools and 92,000 students.

A growing number of school systems in Georgia are converting into charter districts under a 2007 law that frees them from class size and teacher pay restrictions, among other state education rules.

Charter systems are made up of a mix of traditional schools and charter schools. The idea grew from the state’s charter schools, which sign contracts with their local school board guaranteeing improved student achievement in exchange for flexibility.

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