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City schools of Decatur featured in new book
by Staff Reports
April 24, 2013 11:38 AM | 1798 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As four Georgia public school districts — City Schools of Decatur, Gainesville City Schools, Marietta City Schools and Warren County Schools — reach the end of their five-year commitment to an innovative school governance experiment, a new book, “Room at the Table: Georgia’s School Governance Experiment,” offers the first account of how that work began from those on the front lines.

“The school systems were approved in 2008 as part of the state’s new charter system law developed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle,” said Peg Bumgardner, the book’s co-author.

Bumgardner, a Decatur business consultant, began writing the book in 2012 with Emmy award-winning journalist Andrea Berry, also longtime a Decatur resident. Berry and Bumgardner are also former community and parent chairs of Decatur school governance teams.

“Georgia’s charter systems are unique in the nation,” said Berry. “No one has told the story of the hundreds of parents, teachers, school administrators and community members in school districts across our state who are using this innovative education reform model to increase parent engagement and improve student achievement.”

Innovation snapshots from Barrow County Schools, Cartersville City Schools and Floyd County Schools are also included in the book.

Impact on Education was founded to highlight parent-school partnerships that positively impact student learning through progressive education practices.

For more information on the book, now available on, visit

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