How Politics Doomed a Struggling-Schools Program in Georgia

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EDUCATION
INVESTIGATION
POLITICS & POLICY
SOCIAL ISSUES
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
3 min read
458 words
Beau Evans
Aug 13, 2021
Key Points
  • Program for thousands of struggling students caves in three years.
  • Tension built between program leader and state schools chief.
  • Audit targets consultant fees and spotty oversight.
Thousands of struggling students in Georgia have lost a tax-funded program meant to boost their test scores and graduation rates. In its brief lifespan, Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Office tapped a team of in-house education specialists and outside contractors to work on shaping up some of the lowest five percent of the state’s public schools. They ...

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