Parent Forums for School Choice Options
During the last week of January and in
conjunction with National School Choice Week, Fulton County Schools (FCS) will
host forums to gather input on what families’ value most in educational options
for their children.
Currently, FCS offers limited educational
choice options to families through magnet programs, charter schools, open
enrollment, and family and employee hardship considerations. Additionally, over
the past two years, elected parents, teachers and community members on School
Governance Councils (SGC) have been customizing certain aspects of individual
school programming to meet students’ needs.
FCS recently launched the Choice Options
initiative to thoughtfully expand educational choices for parents as part of the
Building Our Future 2017 Strategic Plan. This work is the natural evolution of
the charter system and is focused on improving student achievement by providing
an educational experience customized to the unique needs of our students and
communities. The initiative will also provide equitable access to educational
options across FCS while efficiently using the district’s facilities and
resources. The first phase of this initiative is focused on identifying and
understanding our communities’ needs for expanded education options.
FCS will gather input regarding education
choice options during the following forums:
January 26, 2015, 7:00pm at Westlake
January 27, 2015, 7:00pm at Lake
January 28, 2015, 7:00pm at
January 29, 2015, 7:00pm at
February 2, 2015, 7:00pm at Milton
The information gathered during these forums
will be used to help create the building blocks for expanded choice options
which will be implemented over the coming years. We will ensure any new options
will not replace the good work of the SGCs, but will supplement it.
For those parents unable to attend, there will be opportunities to provide input via the Choice Options Website.
Curious to learn more about choice options? Check out these resources:
Other systems with active choice programs: