This fall, Fulton County Schools will study whether it will ask the Georgia Department of Education to grant charter status to the entire school system.
If granted, Fulton County will be the first large district in Georgia to become a charter system, which could mean more flexibility in spending, staffing, and innovation in its educational model. It would also grant greater involvement and decision-making authority for parents. Community engagement is a trademark of charter systems, and as such, the district is starting the exploration process by holding town hall-style meetings to gather input during the months of October and November. Feedback will also be gathered through the school system web site.
The nearest meeting in November for many Milton residents will be at Independence High School at the Milton Center on Nov. 3. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.