Strategic Waivers School System (SWSS)
Gwinnett County Public School System operates under the terms of an SWSS contract between the State Board of Education and the local Board of Education. The system receives flexibility in the form of waivers of certain state laws, rules and guidelines in exchange for greater accountability for increased student performance.
SWSS contracts are intended to provide local school districts with the flexibility they need to increase student achievement. This district flexibility option was created by House Bill 1209, which provided for "Increased Flexibility for Local School Systems" when it was passed in 2008. Originally, school districts that choose this option were known as IE2, or Investing in Educational Excellence Systems. Now they are known as Strategic Waivers School Systems (SWSS).
Gwinnett County Public Schools' first contract with the State Department of Education began in January, 2009 with an ending date of June, 2015. The Gwinnett County Board of Education entered into its second contract with the State Department of Education in October, 2014. The contract began July, 2015 and runs through June, 2022.