How Politics Doomed a Struggling-Schools Program in Georgia

Investigative
EDUCATION
INVESTIGATION
POLITICS & POLICY
TAXES,MONEY & GOVERNMENT
17 min read
3256 words
Beau Evans
Aug 02, 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.
For Eric Thomas, the beginning of the end for a short-lived state program he led to help struggling schools in Georgia came in the form of a meeting that never happened in September 2019. Tensions had simmered in the two years since the start of the program called the Chief Turnaround Office, set up to help ...

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