As of Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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- For-profit companies are not going to come in and open up charter schools. The ballot question specifically says that charter petitions must be at the request of local communities. These local communities must establish a nonprofit organization by law. Please educate yourself on the Charter Schools Act.
- Your taxes are not going to be raised because of a public charter school. We only receive state money. All local money stays with the traditional public school.
- Public charter schools will not take away local control. Charter schools give the ultimate local control — the parents. This amendment will give all parents the right to take control of their child’s education if they have a failing school system.
- Public charter schools do not handpick their students, and we are not set up to re-segregate our school system. Almost 70 percent of state charter students are minority. By law, public charters are required to hold a public, random lottery each year.