Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs school turnaround bill

Updated: Apr. 28, 2017 at 10:10 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - People are still talking about Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's "First Priority Act" that he signed Thursday. It dictates how the state will handle failing schools.

The law creates a new position responsible for getting failing schools back on track called "chief turnaround officer." Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools know all about the turnaround process.

Years ago, the school system gained national attention for successfully moving Beach and Groves High schools off the failing lists.

"We are in favor of the application of those principles. I am not particularly fond of having that process implemented from afar, but if we are able to see effective implementation of the turnaround process at the local level, then certainly we would welcome that," said Deputy Superintendent of Academic Services Dr. Ann Levett.

In fact, Dr. Levett says the school system has already started the turnaround process at Brock Elementary and Savannah High without any direction from the governor. She adds the system is eager to hear the details of the governor's plan.

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