ATLANTA (AP) - Gwinnett County is close to being the first
school district in the state to get more flexibility on class size
and teacher pay.
The district presented a plan Wednesday to the Georgia school
board that promises students will perform better than is required
under federal No Child Left Behind standards.
In exchange, the district can decide how to organize schools, how large classes should be and how to use state funding.
The state school board is expected to vote on the plan Thursday.
Gwinnett County is the first district in the state to take advantage of a 2008 law allowing systems to enter into "flexibility contracts" with the state.
Gwinnett County parents and teachers expressed concern over the proposal, worried that classes could grow too large and that the district won't have enough state oversight.