State rules don’t apply to Georgia’s largest school system anymore

The Gwinnett County school board Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to gain greater local control over the education of students, including freeing itself from state mandates on class size and teacher pay.

Gwinnett Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said the “flexibility contract” with the state would allow the district to improve student achievement while preserving its budget.

The proposed contract would give more power to Gwinnett principals to chart the course for improving student performance and free the district from unfunded mandates the superintendent says drain the tight budget.

Gwinnett’s five-year state contract proposal seeks flexibility in 12 areas, including freedom from laws governing teacher pay, class sizes, and limiting the duties of aides in classrooms, among other things.

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