Ga. school board approves 'flexibility contract'


Gwinnett County is the first school district in Georgia to get more flexibility on class size and teacher pay under new state law.

The state school board unanimously approved a plan Thursday for the 150,000-student district to have more say in how to organize schools, how large classes should be and how to use state funding. In exchange, Gwinnett County promised that students will perform better than is required under federal No Child Left Behind standards.

Gwinnett County, the state's largest district, is the first district in Georgia to take advantage of a 2008 law allowing systems to enter into "flexibility contracts" with the state. Gwinnett County parents and teachers expressed concern over the proposal, worried that classes could grow too large and that the district won't have enough state oversight.

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