What is a Charter System?

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What is a Charter System?
Fulton Charter System
Overview
- August 2014
- River Eves Elementary School
Conversion to Fulton Charter System
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:
• 1,000+ teachers, administrators, & parents
attended 7 Community Forums.
• 80+ students participated in Focus Groups.
• Convened Principal, Teacher, Parent,
Community, & Student Superintendent’s
Councils
• System-wide LSAC & Cluster meetings
RESEARCH & PLANNING:
• District staff analyzed feedback
from Fall engagement phase
• Report submitted to Board
Fulton was
approved as the
state’s largest
Charter System on
July 1, 2012
Board voted to
pursue and submit
BOARD ACTION:
• Board voted
to pursue
& submit
Charter
System
Charter System
Application to
Application
GaDOE
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FCS is GA’s Largest Charter System
Charter system status = Autonomy
from Georgia laws in exchange for increased
academic and organizational performance through a
distributed governance model.
• https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cfJis0gmgs
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Why Implement a Charter System?
• Bringing more flexibility to our schools, and having more
unique strategies.
River Eves
• In our school, we hope and expect the charter system to
improve our:
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Student engagement in learning
Students exceeding expectations on state assessments
Performance on national achievement measures
Career readiness
College-going success
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Fulton Charter System Basics
What it IS…
What it IS NOT…
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One unified system where Superintendent
is accountable for student achievement
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A collection of individual charter schools
with dissimilar accountabilities
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Existing attendance boundaries policy
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New attendance lotteries or special
enrollment requirements
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Systemwide, consistent standards with
potential flexibility in curriculum based on
community interest
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A set of “theme” oriented schools with
different standards
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Consistent funding formula (how schools
earn their money) per school with potential
flexibilities for funding distribution within
the school
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Different funding formulas for individual
schools
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Employees hired by the charter school
with salaries set by the school.
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All employees hired and managed by the
system with a system salary schedule.
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Charter System Governance Framework
School Governance
Councils
Roles and Responsibilities
System Resources and
Support
Roles and Responsibilities
Long-term Strategy
• School & Community Stakeholders Local School Flexibility
School Community Engagement
• Central Administration
System Governance
Team
• Fulton County Board of Education
• Superintendent of Schools
System-wide Planning
Data Systems
Instructional Support
Equitable Resources and Infrastructure
Federal Program Management
Roles and Responsibilities
System Policy
Required District Best Practices
Curriculum
Hiring
Ultimate Accountability for Results
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School Governance
Councils
SGC Responsibilities
 Powers
 Approve the school Strategic Plan and updates
 Approve budget recommendations and related allocations
 Manage the Request for Flexibility process
 Participate in hiring of the Principal
 Provide annual feedback on Principal’s performance
 Interface with school’s Title I committee (if applicable)
 Responsibilities
 Communicate with school stakeholders
 Maintain Council certification & meet at least 6 times/year
 Abide by Georgia’s Open Records & Open Meetings Laws
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Real Work of the Council
Members of the SGC
1 – Principal (non-voting)
3 – Parents/Guardians (elected)
2 – Teachers (elected)
2 – School Employees (appointed)
2 – Community Members (nominated)
+ 2 – Students (HS only; non-voting)
10 Member Council (ES, MS)
12 Member Council (HS)
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SGC Eligibility by Position
ALL Council Members
 May only serve on 1 School Governance Council at a time
 May NOT be an elected official of a government entity
 Must be the ONLY member of their family serving on the
Council
 Must be 18 years of age or older (with the exception of
high school student members)
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SGC Eligibility: Elected Positions
Parents/Guardians (3)
 Must be the legal parent/guardian of a child enrolled at the school
 Must NOT be an employee of the school
 Elected by the legal parents/guardians of the school
Teachers (2)
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Must NOT be the parent/guardian of a child enrolled at the school
Must be a school-based employee with a “home school”
Must be paid from teacher salary schedule
Elected by the school employees that have the school as their “home school”
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SGC Eligibility: Appointed/Nominated Positions
School Employees (2)
 MAY be the parent/guardian of a child enrolled at the school
 Must be a school-based employee with a “home school”
 Appointed by the principal. No further action required.
Community Members (2)
 MAY be the parent/guardian of a child enrolled at the school
 Must NOT be an employee of the school
 Nominated by the principal; Must be approved by the rest of the Council in
place
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SGC Eligibility: Nonvoting Positions
High School Students (2)
 One student must be the Student Body President
 The other student must be the president of a non-elected student organization
 Council determines the non-elected organization
 Both students serve a one-year term
Principal (1)
 Must be the principal (or interim) of the school
 Guides the school through Council establishment and leads the Council until
Officers are elected (Feb./March)
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SGC Elections Management
• Central administration will coordinate and administer
SGC elections
 Guidelines for Candidacy and Voting Aug./Sept.
 Community Information Sessions
Sept./Oct.
 Candidate Declaration
Sept./Oct.
• Elections for all Cohort 3 schools will occur at the
same time
1 week in mid-to-late November
Elections: Candidate Declarations
Candidates desiring to run for a School
Governance Council position must
complete a Candidate Declaration Form
and return to the district office.
 Contact information
 Select 1 or 2 year term
 Candidate statement
 Forms may be submitted electronically or by mail
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SGC Elections - Voting
All votes will be cast electronically through an
online election system within the FCS portal and
tallied by an external vendor. Elections results
are submitted to principals within 10 days of
the close of the voting window.
• All votes are anonymous
• Parent/Guardian voters use Home Access Codes
to vote
• 1 vote per parent for each school for which
they have a child
• School employees use employee login to vote
SGC Cohort 3 Start-Up Timeline
July-September
2014
October-December
2015
January-February
2015
March - June
2015
Planning Year
Cohort 3 principal
orientation
Cohort 3
Community
Information
Sessions
School Governance
Council elections
for parents and
teachers
Training
of School
Governance
Council members
School Governance
Council school
employee and
community
member
appointments
Initiate strategic
planning process
2015-2016
School Year
Year 1
Certified School
Governance
Councils in place
Approve school
Strategic Plan
Approve school
budget
Submit requests
for “earned”
flexibility options
Feedback on
principal
performance
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Immediate Next Steps
• Be on the lookout for Charter System information
sessions and School Governance Council Candidate
guidelines in late August!
• Run for a seat on the Council – Candidate declaration
will open in September!
• Election dates set for mid-late November.
– Get Home Access Codes now!!
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More Information
Questions
For more information visit the
Charter System
Implementation page on the
FCS website at:
http://www.fultonschools.org/
en/about/charter
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