There is not a need for government-supported charter schools. Private schools do not need competition from government supported schools. What society needs is less government regulations, more social/behavioral scientists and less interference with school administration.
Georgia’s Professional Standards Board and the Georgia Superintendent’s office need to allow publishers and educators to do their research and publishing and stop issuing nonsense guidelines on how to write text material. Most politicians are lawyers and businessman, not educators.
Too many school districts do not have social workers, psychologists, sociologists, nurses, and psychiatrists employed in sufficient number to deal with the enormous social problems students bring to school daily. Principals and counselors are not trained to deal with behavioral abnormalities, most of their time is spent on accountancy and public relations.
Georgia needs to rethink the educational process and stop planning charter schools and strengthen the public school system already in place. Operate all schools like magnet schools. In years past schools did operate like magnet schools with good administrators and teachers. Now the state wants to macro manage the educational process.
Every desk in a classroom should be equipped with a computer and the necessary peripheral necessary to do all required studying and assignments. Too many schools do not have the basic technology equipment let alone a modern media center.
Let the state of Georgia concentrate on the current public school needs, and allow the public sector build private charter schools. It makes no sense to create government supported charter schools while cutting support to existing public schools. If politicians can find money for charter schools, why are they reducing teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff, and enlarging class sizes? The math does not add up!
ART BROWN, Ph.D.