Deal to speak with education leaders in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — School superintendents and other leaders in Georgia will hear from Gov. Nathan Deal at a conference in Atlanta.

Deal is set to speak Thursday morning at the Georgia Education Leadership Institute. The Republican governor made education a focus of his second and final term in office.

A key part of Deal’s agenda is a school-run district taking over schools dubbed “chronically failing” based on student testing and other factors.

Under the plan, an appointed superintendent can select up to 20 schools each year and make them into charters, close them or overhaul management. Up to 100 schools could be included at one time.

Georgians will vote on the constitutional amendment in November.

Some school boards have publicly opposed it, arguing that local officials are best equipped to manage schools.

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