More Ga. school districts looking at charters

ATLANTA (AP) - As the state's economy worsens, more school
districts are considering converting entirely to charter schools to
take advantage of the budgeting flexibility that comes with such a

Andrew Broy, associate superintendent for policy and charter
schools for the Georgia Department of Education, said Tuesday that
more than a dozen Georgia school districts have shown interest in
converting under a 2-year-old state law that has gotten little
participation until now.

Districts that convert to charter systems are exempt from many public school regulations like class size limits and have more freedom to choose how they meet federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

So far, four public school systems have converted to charter
districts under the law.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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