How politics doomed a struggling-schools program in Georgia

Elementary children in a classroom

Elementary children in a classroom. (Credit: iStock)

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 ...