Board members unanimously voted to chose the IE Squared option at their meeting Tuesday night. They say it will give them more control of their schools and they won’t have to follow the majority of the Georgia School Laws.
Under IE Squared, students will have to meet certain test scores. The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement will set the goals for each individual school.
"That’s our goal, to reach every child and every child is different and we were looking forward to improving their achievement," said Bibb County Board of Education President Dr. Thelma Dillard.
The district will send a letter to the Georgia Department of Education telling them it chose the IE Squared operational system. Then it will schedule a hearing to inform the community.
The Georgia Department of Education is asking every local school district to pick an operational system.
State school officials tell 41NBC back in 2007 and 2008, the Georgia General Assembly passed two laws. They gave local school boards the chance to choose a system. This would give them more control over their district so they wouldn’t have to follow the state’s strict rules.
"That’s our whole point. We’ll be able to raise test scores if you get the state off our back," Louis Erste, the Associate State Superintendent from the Georgia Department of Education, said.
June 30th marks the deadline for local school districts to choose one of three options: Status Quo, Charter, and Investing in Educational Excellence or IE Squared.
Status Quo doesn’t change anything. The school board will still have to follow all of the state’s rules and regulations. The students will not have to meet any additional academic expectations. The Charter and IE Squared options give school boards the flexibility they want.
"There’s a 700 and something page book called Georgia School Laws and flexibility is a phrase used to describe getting a waiver of probably 650 of those pages. So basically, you can ignore those laws," Erste said.
But students would need to meet certain test scores. Under a charter system, the state board would set academic goals for the district as a whole. With an IE Squared system, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement would set the goals for each individual school.
The Bibb County Schools Interim Superintendent, Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan, told 41NBC parents prefer the IE Squared option.
The spokesperson for the Bibb County School District tells 41NBC the board may vote on a system during its meeting on Tuesday, but it’s possible board members may take no action.
41NBC’s Alexa Rodriguez is attending the meeting and will have more tonight on the 41NBC News at 11.