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The Charter System in Clarke County

What is a Charter System?

  • The Clarke County School District became a charter system on July 1, 2016, and renewed its charter system contract on July 1, 2022. CCSD is one of 49 charter systems across the state. 

    A charter system is one of three governance models the state of Georgia requires school districts to select. Charter systems operate under a contract between the state board of education and the local board of education. With the charter system model, school districts gain flexibility from most state laws and regulations in exchange for increased student achievement goals. Flexibility allows charter systems to use new strategies to better meet the needs of their students. Charter systems must also maximize school-level governance through Local School Governance Teams (LSGTeams). The teams have a real voice in critical decisions about their schools.

    • CCSD's charter contract is available here.
    • The state annual charter system report is available here.


What is a Charter System?