As the Barrow County School System moves toward a “charter” designation, there has been some confusion about what that means.
Although the term “charter” gets used a lot in education circles, what the BCSS is doing is not a “charter school” but rather a “charter system.”
Under this model, the system overall contracts with the state, with the main advantage being that the system requests waivers from certain state rules. For Barrow County, that could mean another choice in local high schools.
The BCSS’ application to become a charter system is on the agenda for the April meeting of the state board of education. If approved, the BCSS could be a charter system by April 2012.
For the full story, see the March 30 issue of the Barrow Journal.