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SCCPSS Board against SR287 or ‘Opportunity School District’

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Members of the Savannah-Chatham School Public School System board will be meeting Wednesday afternoon.

There's an issue coming up on the November ballot they're opposed to and want you to know why.

They've approved a resolution opposing Senate Resolution 287 or Opportunity School District. Basically not wanting the state to take over the failing schools in our district.

They've been handing out flyers at PTA meetings to let parents know exactly why.

If this measure passes, the constitution would be amended and the state will have control over the school and the school will be overseen by a state superintendent in Atlanta. Leaving no say so in what goes on in the schools on a local level.

Right now there are a handful of schools here that fall into the failing schools category. The board doesn't think it’s in the best interest of the students or the schools and one reason is because this type of system hasn't produced positive results in other areas of the country.

"It’s very important that we keep local control of our schools. We know what our children need, the governor in Atlanta does not. So accountability is very important to us,” said SCCPSS Board President Jolene Byrne.

"Please don't be fooled by the language, the language is beautifully written telling you that we need this help but that’s not the type of help that we need,” said Savannah Federations of Teachers President Theresa Watson.

When asked what the solution to these failing schools is, she tells me its community schools and getting the needed resources from businesses and places in our area.

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