More than 1700 schools across the country have not met adequate yearly progress for 5 years under President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act.
Now all of those schools are ordered to restructure.
In Richmond County, there are five middle schools on that list: Glenn Hills, Morgan Road, Murphy, Sego, and Tubman.
Under the order by the Bush Administration, the Richmond County school system has been given a list of steps to take to improve the schools.
Murphy Middle School and Jenkins-White Elementary have applied for charter status with the state Board of Education.
News 12 spoke with Dana Tofig, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Education.
He tells us Jenkins-White's charter status was approved May 11.
There's no word yet on when Murphy Middle's charter status will come up for a vote.
Receiving the charter status is a plan for improvement, but if the schools do not improve, the state could take over.