Vision 2026 | School System Flexibility Options

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Current Cobb Kindergarten students will graduate in 2026.
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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 academic performance


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