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Charter school amendment unneeded

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O'Neal Bozeman

O'Neal Bozeman

The question on this November's election ballot concerning charter schools is, "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of a public charter schools upon the request of local communities."

Let's look at the facts why no should be your vote.

  1. We already have a charter school amendment! This year's ballot is not voting on whether to have the, but who should control them. The wording of this one is very confusing.

In reality, what this one does is give the state more power by removing control from local voters and the local school board. We do not need more bureaucrats who know little about our schools involved.

  1. Your tax dollars can be siphoned from Georgia schools. Already the state has cut $4 billion from Georgia schools over the past four years and 7.7 million from Tift County schools. Georgia would have better schools if funding were adequate.

If this passes, the money to fund them must come from somewhere. There could be more budget cuts or raised taxes, more teacher furloughs, layoffs and shortened school years. This would force every county to have a dual school system, whether school patrons want it or not ... when we are already stretched to the limits.

  1. This will give unchecked power to unelected political appointees.

A charter management company in Florida has successfully bypassed local governments. Working with real estate companies that lease schools to the company, they avoid local control and local taxes.

Is this what we want to risk happening in Georgia?

  1. Georgia already has 200 charter schools. Parents do have a choice.

Last year, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down a 2008 law that allowed the state to create and fund state charter schools with local school funds against the wishes of the local community. This is just another attempt to sneak this in and overrule the court.

  1. There is already in place a process of appeal if a charter school is not approved by a local school board. We don't need another law.

I urge you to go to votesmartgeorgia.org to check out the facts and vote no on the charter amendment this year. Don't allow our school system to be controlled by state officials or outside profit agencies. Our children are important!

O'Neal Bozeman of Tifton is a retired school administrator with the Tift County School System.

Comments

Sister_Ruby 2 years, 1 month ago

I voted YES on Amendment 1 today! Please vote YES on Amendment 1 if you love FREEDOM.

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tywebb 2 years, 1 month ago

sis....i agree with you on the majority of things we comment on, but NOT on this one. The freedom is already in place. All this will do is allow outside agencies, not associated with education, come in and run these charter schools just to make money for themselves

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Trustbuster 2 years, 1 month ago

Sister there is no freedom in this if the governor can appoint his cronies to start for profit schools in the state.

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msa651 2 years, 1 month ago

Why is all this talk on the Amendment about money?????

No one against this Amendment talks about education of the children. In most counties, the school systems are failing in educating our children, the same school boards don't want people to have a choice. Vote YES

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FryarTuk 2 years, 1 month ago

Reluctantly, I will vote yes to this ammendment even though I agree it risks public education's funding. Here are the reasons why: 1 - Dougherty County School System's incestuous nest of rogues. 2- when you speak to money you speak to power and we use the best method possible to change the power structure - reduce their money. 3 - priorities should be focused on education forget sports. Prepare students for life. Return physical education to schools and drop all the expense of stadiums, field houses and coaching supplements. Pay your teachers in math and science more, critical areas for which availability is lacking. 4 - teaching skills, charter schools can have a lot more control over teaching qualifications. DoCo is just the personnel office for ASU department of education and they turn out teachers with severe limitations for the profession.

VOTE for #1, vote for change and oh yes, write in Ron Paul.

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dijorspil 2 years, 1 month ago

This amendment should NOT be about money! The focus should be on our children. There are statistics that support Charter Schools with CRCT scores, proficiency testing and staffing. I am a parent of a child who attends a Charter School and I am grateful for our school. As a single parent, I cannot afford a private school tuition. Also, my counties public school system has very low test scores, gang related voilence, teachers who are tied by political bull and can't control their students, low funding or funding misappropriated and class room sizes way too big for one teacher. I don't want my child slipping through the cracks and becoming a statistic. I want her to have the same opportunities that I had to succeed in life. I am voting YES!

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