What Is Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS)?

  • Definition:
    A local district that has a performance contract with the SBOE (State Board of Education) granting the district freedom from specific Title 20 provisions, SBOE rules, and GaDOE (Georgia Department of Education) guidelines
  • Facts & Features:
    • Contract is between the district and the SBOE
    • GOSA (Governor’s Office of Student Achievement) role is target setting and performance monitoring
    • District gains flexibility to innovate in exchange for increased academic accountability
  • Relative Advantages/ Disadvantages:
    • Flexibility to innovate
    • Financial savings possible from waivers
    • Loss of governance over schools that fail to meet performance targets after five years
    • No school-level governing boards
  • Federal/State Compliance:
    • Must comply with all federal laws and regulations
    • Must comply with all state laws, rules and regulations not waived by the SWSS/IE2  contract

  • As of July 1, 2015, districts that chose the IE2 flexibility option are now known as Strategic Waivers School Systems (SWSS).  Ref: House Bill 502

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THE MISSION OF THE GREENE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS TO EDUCATE, INSPIRE, CHALLENGE, AND SUPPORT STUDENTS TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS PREPARED TO COMPETE GLOBALLY
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