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Cohort 1 Implementation

​Twenty schools (Cohort 1) made the transition to the charter system during the 2012-2013 school year.  These schools have School Governance Councils that have worked to develop the strategic direction of the school and are requesting waivers that fall under "Universal Requests for Flexibility." (See the charter system application for more details).

The purpose of a School Governance Council (SGC) is to provide parents, school staff, and community members with a leadership role in the management of the school.  We have created a School Governance Council Overview to provide you with information about the responsibilities and function of these new governance councils.

Latest Cohort 1 Implementation News & Documents


9.5.14: RFF season is here! If your SGC wants to submit an RFF this year for implementation beginning in 2015-16, visit the Request for Flexibility​ page for instructions and application. All deadlines can also be found on the Charter System calendar.

4.14.14: The candidate declaration period for Cohort 1 School Governance Council elections closes on April 25th at 5:00 pm. Interested candidates should complete the parent/guardian candidate declaration form or teacher candidate declaration form and submit to the district office by April 25, 2014. View your school's current list of SGC Candidates, as well as additional information about Cohort 1 SGC elections on the Spring Elections 2014 page (link on the right under "Resources").

3/7/14: Training on school budgeting is available for Cohort 1 School Governance Councils. Councils should access the webinar link on the right (School Budgeting 101 or School Budgeting 101:YouTube) and try to attend a live training session provided by the FCS budget department next week.

1/15/14: Cohort 1 Schools will submit their Request for Flexibility proposals on Friday, January 17th.

9/19/13: We have pulled together resources for SGCS on the Request for Flexibility (RFF ) process. Click the Request for Flexibility button on the right to access the tools you will need to successfully manage the RFF process at your school.

3/29/13: We have put together a webinar for SGC Chairs. This training provides information on effective meetings, setting agendas, Roberts Rules of Order, facilitation, and how to handle challenging situations in your meetings. Each module is only 5 - 10 minutes.

2/21/13: Cohort 1 School Governance Council members have completed their governance training requirement. Answers to frequently asked questions from the training can be found in the SGC Guidance document.

If you have questions about Cohort 1, School Governance Councils or the charter system, please contact Fulton County Schools' School Governance & Flexibility Department at schoolgovernance@fultonschools.org or 404-669-4919.