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More Georgia school districts converting to charter systems

By DORIE TURNER
AP Education Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - A growing number of school systems in Georgia are converting into charter districts to gain flexibility from state rules in exchange for promises of improved student performance.

The districts are taking advantage of a 2007 law that allows systems to enter into contracts with the state freeing them from class size, teacher salary schedule and other restrictions.

Each school in a charter district creates a council of teachers, parents and community members that makes budgetary, hiring and other decisions instead of relying on the district's central administration.

The state started with a handful of charter districts at first, but now more than a dozen have converted to that. And Fulton County, among the largest districts in the state, hopes to gain approval to become a charter system this spring.

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