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Francis 11 months, 1 week ago on Albany teen makes own path to college

Thank you for this story! Unfortunately, there are hundreds more students that are experiencing the same treatment. Perhaps this will show parents that they really do have other options while Dr. Mosley attempts to turn the DCSS around. My son had a similar experience but finally had a counselor at Westover that took a real interest in him and helped him. He did graduate from high school but it was only possible because of Mrs. Sawyer. We received no help from Gene Melvin or the senior counselor.

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Francis 1 year, 5 months ago on Squawk of the Day - Nov. 15, 2012

I hope and pray that the new board has the fortitude to really turn this system around. It won't comr overnight and it won't be pretty, but change is desperately needed!

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Francis 1 year, 5 months ago on Squawk of the Day - Nov. 11, 2012

Don't throw the baby out with the bath water...Tharin and Ealum I mean! DCSS can't be turned around overnight but they can start be ridding the system of the superintendent, the Title I director, and several others that have abused their positions.

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Francis 1 year, 5 months ago on Angela Shumate reinstated as Albany High principal

The lack of board leadership in DCSS is EXACTLY why I believe state charter schools are so important!

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Francis 1 year, 5 months ago on Georgia group supports charter school amendment

State charter schools, unlike locally approved charter schools, out performed the local school systems in all areas of the CRCT.

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Francis 1 year, 5 months ago on Georgia group supports charter school amendment

Chinaberry, read the amendment....not the wording on the ballot, but the entire amendment. It doesn't mention receiving any of the local tax base and it is absolutely not about taking tax dollars from the local schools. The whole purpose of the amendment is to provide an alternate way of authorizing charter schools when the local school board turns down a petition. Yes, the DCSS has several charter schools; however, they only became charter schools when they had been on the Needs Improvement so long that their only other option was to close the school or become a charter school. Look at the schools' performance since then and I don't think you'll see much of a difference.

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on GAE's president pans Amendment 1

Oh, and one final thing.....Pataula Charter Academy also educates everyone regardless of their race, socioeconomic level and ability level. Many of our students receive free and reduced lunch and we have children of all ability levels (gifted, average, slow learners, and children with a broad range of disabilities). Our students are chosen via a lottery so we don't "cherry pick" our students. We take the students we get and TEACH them....what a novel idea!

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on GAE's president pans Amendment 1

The Top 4 REAL REASONS Our Opponents Want to See Amendment One FAIL:

  1. It’s all about money. Some administrators see each child as a bundle of cash and every student that leaves takes away some of the administrator’s money.

  2. Who wants competition when you have a monopoly? Bureaucrats don’t want the competition that charter schools provide. They only talk about improving traditional schools “from within” – but they can’t tolerate alternatives who may develop improved schooling methods.

  3. Adults matter more than kids. Teachers unions weren’t designed to improve education for students, their purpose is to represent their adult union members. Many unions view every public school alternative as a threat to their union dues.

  4. Keep it exclusive. Some private schools don’t like public charter schools because they’re successful. These private schools know that parents won’t pay $10,000 for an exclusive education when parents can chose a comparable school that is open to every Georgia child.

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