What does it mean that CSD is a charter system?
The Georgia Charter Systems Act, signed in 2007, allows entire school systems to convert to charter status. A Charter System is not a group of charter schools; rather, the district has a charter, or contract, with the State of Georgia to increase student achievement. Simply put, Charter Systems have increased flexibility to operate beyond state mandates and make adjustments in staffing, teaching methods, and management in exchange for higher accountability. A traditional public school system is organized according to federal laws, state school laws, State Board of Education (SBOE) rules, and local board of education policies. A charter school system is organized according to federal laws, applicable state school laws and SBOE rules that cannot be waived, and the terms of the charter contract.