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Make Some History in Class Today When students travel back in time with noted historians, or hear opposing viewpoints analyze critical contemporary issues, they encounter the people, places, events, and stories that shape our world and our future. American Experience: 1964 engages with: • some of the most infl uential fi gures of the time—Lyndon B. Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan • the stories of Americans whose principled stands would set the country onto a new The course ultimate history lesson American Experience: 1964 To purchase this and other educational resources, visit shopPBS.org/teachershop or other authorized distributor sites. © 2014 PBS www.gae.org | 21 DID YOU KNOW: FLOYD COUNTY REVERSAL In 2012 the Floyd County School Board implemented a RIF in anticipation of an expected reduction in several millions of dollars of funding for the 2013 school year. When a GAE member (tenured counselor) received notice that her contract for the 2012-2013 school year was to be recommended for non-renewal due to the RIF, she immediately appealed the non-renewal of her contract. The procedure for implementing such RIFs, as criteria for contract terminations must first be evaluated based upon professional expertise, effectiveness and performance as reflected in annual evaluations and other evaluations. Upon demonstrating equality in competence and expertise, RIF procedure allows for other criteria such as length of service with the board to be considered. The Local Board granted her a hearing upon appeal, allowing her to present evidence in her defense. The superintendent cited “unsatisfactory” initial evaluations as criteria, which the Local School Board concluded was equal to the performance criteria of 24 other counselors. Length of service was then relied upon to RIF 11 of the 24 counselors, which included our GAE member. Within the charter system agreement between the Local Board and State Board, the State Board requires that the Local Board must utilize the Governing Council designated as the Local School Governance Team (“LSGT”) – that has decision-making authority in personnel decisions and financial decisions- a required procedure that the Superintendent testified he did not utilize in the decision to implement this RIF. Instead the Superintendent, Human Resource Director, and a data analyst were the only three individuals who comprised the RIF committee upon implementation. After hearing the evidence the Floyd County School Board voted to uphold the Superintendent’s decision to not renew our member’s contract. With the help of GAE’s legal counsel our member appealed to the State Board in response to the Floyd County School Board ruling. The State Board is required to uphold the decision of the Local Board if there is any evidence to support the decision of the Local Board unless there is abuse of the discretion or the decision is arbitrary and capricious as to be illegal. GAE’s attorney successfully argued that the Local Board ruling was in violation of the Charter System Agreement in it’s exclusion of evidence demonstrating the failure of the superintendent to utilize the required Local School Governance Team (“LSGT”). The State Board reversed the decision, setting a precedent for the requirement of Georgia Charter schools to uphold hold state standards, including contract termination procedure.


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