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The Act, known as the A Plus Education Reform Act of 2000, implements the most sweeping changes within the Georgia educational systems at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, and post-secondary levels since passage of the Quality Basic Education Act of 1985. Within ninety-eight sections, the Act affects areas ranging form the jurisdiction of juvenile courts within the Georgia educational system to the creation of an Educational Coordinating Council and an Office of Education Accountability. During legislative debate, some sections of the Act were more controversial than others. Due to the size of the Act, only those areas that received the most attention in debate and the press are discussed herein (Sections 10,51,56,68,73, and 93 of the Act). The Act creates local school councils and defines the councils make-up and duties. The Act changes the manner in which elementary and secondary level students are tested and provides for end-of-course testing for secondary level students. Further, the Act permits school districts to bus students out of their assigned attendance zones to another zone when the child's parents requested a change in schools and when the school that the child is leaving meets certain criteria. The Act allows a school board to petition the local juvenile court to order parents of children with disciplinary problems to attend school conferences. The Act provides that all educators hired after July 1, 2000, will not be eligible for tenure. Finally, the Act creates the Education Coordinating Council and the Office of Education Accountability. These two offices will, among other things, evaluate all schools and assign funding and payment of financial resources based on each school's respective performance.

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