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Fulton County Aims To Boost Performance In Low-Income Schools

Oct 30, 2015

The Fulton County school district is in pretty good shape, but it's struggling in at least one area. That was the message from interim Superintendent Ken Zeff at Fulton's "State of the District" address Thursday.

The school system has a balanced budget, an improving graduation rate and three years as a charter district under its belt. But despite the recent progress Fulton has made, Zeff said the district isn’t making headway in some schools in low-income areas.

“Those are very difficult teaching assignments,” Zeff said. “Not only are they very difficult teaching assignments, but you want your best and brightest there, who have the energy for the work. We have to be creative about how we find teachers and retain teachers.”

Zeff said Fulton is offering new teachers signing bonuses to work at those schools, and it's providing them with extra training and resources.

Low-performing schools could be at risk of a possible state takeover if voters approve a plan next fall proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal.