Vision 2026 | School System Flexibility Options
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Hundreds of Cobb parents, community members and employees participated in the Vision 2026 community
conversations conducted in fall 2013. The forums offered Cobb citizens a chance to share constructive ideas about the future of our
school system and the flexibility options available to the District.
A report of results and conclusions
from the Vision 2026 forums is now available. This valuable public input will be used to develop a recommendation to the Board
regarding school system flexibility.
Current Cobb Kindergarten students will graduate in 2026.
How are we empowering their dreams for the future?
Beginning November 18, 2013 the Cobb County School District hosted four forums across the county to seek the input of parents and the community about the future of our school system. Click here to review the information presented during the forum introductory sessions (PDF). The District will continue to provide updates regarding flexibility options during the coming months. With your continued support and involvement, we can continue our established tradition of excellence and lead the state and the nation in student performance.
By June 30, 2015 (per OCGA §20-2-84.3) each local school system must submit written notification of the intent to operate as one of the following:
- Investing in Educational Excellence School System (IE²)
- Charter System
- Status Quo School System
Other options may include:
- System of Charter Clusters
- System of Charter Schools
- Strategic School System
What is an IE² system?
Performance-based contract between the local board, the state board of education, and Governor’s Office of Student Achievement
- Flexibility to innovate in exchange for increased academic accountability
- May result in loss of governance over schools that fail to meet targets
What is a Status Quo system?
- A district that has formally rejected all flexibility options
- No performance contract
- No district flexibility from Title 20, state BOE rules,
or Georgia DOE guidelines
- No financial savings from waivers
- Must comply with all federal laws and regulations
- Must comply with ALL state laws, rules and regulations
What is a Charter system?
- Performance-based contract between the
local board and the state board of education
- Commitment to higher performance goals
in exchange for flexibility
- Expanded culture of school-based decision-making in exchange for increased accountability
Why is Cobb interested?
- Engage our community in a deeper, more meaningful
way to help direct the future of our schools
- Seek flexibility from state regulations
- Increase local control as a district and for individual schools
- Encourage innovation and creativity as stated in
our Core Values
- Above all, improve student experiences and
System Flexibility Options
What does a petition include?
An explanation of:
- Structures that support improvement
- Rights and responsibilities of principals, governing councils, and the local BOE with the intent to
increase school level governance and involvement
of parents, teachers, and community members
- Performance measures
What will be the process?
- Seek input from all stakeholder groups
- Establish system-wide performance goals and flexibility parameters
- Decision by the Board on which model to pursue;
at least two hearings
- Identify cohorts of schools, timeline for phase-in, and training plan
Timeline and Key Components for Determining Our Options
- Establish Vision, Mission and New Strategic Plan – April 2012- October 2012
- Training for Board of Education (BOE) – October 14, 2013
- Training for Administrators – October 15, 2013
- Community and Staff Forums – November 2013
- Draft Proposal submitted to BOE for approval – April 2014
- Letter of Intent – June 2013
- Petition Submitted to GaDOE – prior to November 1, 2014
- Anticipated Approval – February 2015
- Implementation of first Cohort – August 2015