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Fulton County Schools Receives GBSA Leading Edge Award

GSBA Leading Edge Award

Fulton County Schools has been recognized with the "Leading Edge Award" for the advances made through its charter district status, particularly in the areas of governance, leadership and accountability.

Presented by the Georgia School Board Association (GBSA), the award recognizes innovative and out-of-the-box practices by governance teams and 吉林11选5开奖结果 districts. It also highlights 吉林11选5开奖结果 districts that are leading the way in ensuring students are competitive in an ever-changing global market.

Fulton's 吉林11选5开奖结果 board members and Superintendent Mike Looney were formally recognized for the award at GSBA's annual conference in December.

Leading Edge Award "Receiving the Leading Edge Award is a major boon for Fulton County Schools and especially our Board of Education," said Dr. Looney. "Our School Board had the foresight to think about how the charter district's flexibility could help our 吉林11选5开奖结果s find even greater levels of success. Education is not one-size-fits-all, and our 吉林11选5开奖结果 communities are very diverse throughout Fulton County, so it is important to support flexibility wherever we can."

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To be considered for the Leading Edge Award, applicants were instructed to select one of eight key impact areas of the Georgia Vision Project, a campaign that promotes public education and encourages engagement about educational issues. The categories were: Early Learning and Student Success; Teaching and Learning; Teaching and Learning Resources; Human and Organizational Capital; Governance, Leadership and Accountability; Culture, Climate and Organizational Efficacy; Financial Resources; and Communications and Messaging. Fulton County Schools submitted its application under the Governance, Leadership and Accountability category.

For more information on GSBA's Leading Edge Award .