Governor Deal signs Georgia school turnaround bill

11:25 a.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017 Education
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April 27, 2017, Atlanta - Governor Nathan Deal signs several bills at the Capitol, including House Bill 338,  which details how the state will turn around low-performing schools. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed legislation stipulating how the state will intervene in school districts with the lowest-performing schools. 

House Bill 338, entitled The First Priority Act, allows a state officer to intervene in schools in the bottom 5 percent if they are in districts that have amended their flexibility contracts to allow it. Options include the takeover of these schools by nonprofit managers. 

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Governor Deal signed 10 education bills into law, including a sanctuary school bill.

Deal also signed several other bills during the ceremony at the Capitol, including one penalizing so-called "sanctuary" campuses and another that is expected to drive more money to charter schools.

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