Francis

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

Compare the performance of the school system charter schools to the state charter schools and you will see a HUGE difference! Pataula Charter Academy scored higher than the 5 surrounding counties with less funding and did not furlough its teachers a single day! Perhaps the regular public schools should be better stewards of the taxpayers money......cut the fat of of their budgets.....and actually put the money toward TEACHING the students and meeting their individual needs.

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on Squawk of the day - Oct. 4, 2012

Most of Albany Tech's students are career students that are using financial PELL and student loans to supplement their income.

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school debate heats up

After the supreme court ruled that the legislature did not have the authority to authorize the charter school commission, PCA applied to all 5 counties and asked to become a part of their systems. All 5 counties denied the petition, so PCA applied to become a state charter school. PCA's students have performed higher than the students in these counties for the past two years (the school has only be open for 2 years). I can't speak for the rest of the country, but I do know that the more economically disadvantaged counties have the highest illiteracy rates and more people living at or below the poverty level. You don't have to take my word for it....that data is readily available on the internet. http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/statistics/demographics.htm Sometimes I think a little competition is good. I am old enough to remember when Phoebe was a terrible hospital. It was only when Palmyra Park opened that Phobe finally started to improve and look where they are now!

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school debate heats up

PCA was one of the commissioned charter schools that became a state charter school. State charter schools are not eligible to receive local tax funds. This amendment would allow the state charter schools to receive additional state funds that would equal the funding that regular public schools receives from the state and local funds. They are real quick to throw out the new funding formula to make it took like state charter schools will receive 2.5 times the funding they receive but they conveniently leave out that detail. I suppose my frustration stems from the fact that so many people that oppose the amendment have no idea what the schools in poor rural counties are like. More than 30% of the children in these counties live below the poverty level and have no other school choice other than the one elementary, middle or high school. Heck, some of their own administrators sent their children to private schools rather than send them to the their local school system.

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school debate heats up

Tywebb, PCA didn't receive the local tax funds. That's why the school's budget was 40% less.

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school debate heats up

Chinaberry, you are saying that minority parents aren't willing to be involved in their children's education? I don't think you have your facts straight. Ivy Prep in Atlanta has an enrollment that is almost completely African American and they are a very high performing school. Also, charter schools are required to teach the state standards (common core), but are afforded more flexibility in how they do it. The main difference is that charter schools can and have been closed if they don't make AYP. Regular public schools are allowed to stay open and continue to have millions of dollars dumped into their coffers, but they often don't improve.

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Francis 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school debate heats up

Early county's superintendent is using the threat of raising the milliage rate as a scare tactic. Early, Randolph and Calhoun county school administrators have been blaming Pataula Charter Academy for their budget woes for the past 3 years. They telll their teachers that they have to furlough them because of the funds lost when students went to the charter school. In reality, their teachers were being furloughed before the charter school even existed. Last year, Pataula received 40% less funding per student than Early, Randolph and Calhoun; however, they didn't furlough their teachers a single day. Also, many of the students that Early lost to the charter school didn't even live in Early county. They lived in Randolph or Calhoun but attended Early county rather than go to school in their own county. I guess it was o.k. that they took students (and the money that follows them) from other counties? Perhaps Early county and alot of other counties (including DCSS) need to take a long, hard look at their expenditures, cut some of the "fat" out of their budgets and stop blaming the competition for their financial woes.

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Francis 1 year, 7 months ago on Squawk of the Day - August 27, 2012

One of her "babies" did beat up a teacher at Northside, and she didn't want the teacher to pursue charges.

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