For a little more than two years, Eric Thomas has served as Georgia’s chief turnaround officer — charged by legislation to turn around the state’s chronically failing schools. He was hired as the first CTO in late 2017 under former Gov. Nathan Deal as a result of House Bill 338 or ‘The First Priority Act.’ Last week Thomas turned in his resignation to State Board of Education Chairman Scott Sweeney. Under the legislation that created the position, the CTO answers to the State Board of Education and not the State School Superintendent. 

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