The question on this November’s 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 them, but who should control them. In reality what this does is give the state more power by removing control from local voters and local school board. We do not need more bureaucrats who know little about our schools involved.
2. Your tax dollars can be siphoned from Georgia schools. Already the state has cut $4 billion from Georgia schools over the past 4 years. 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.
3. This will give unchecked power to unelected political appointees. A charter management company in Florida has successfully bypassed local governments. Is this what we want to risk happening in Georgia?
4. 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.
5. There is already in place a process of appeal if a charter school is NOT approved by a local school board.
Don’t allow our school system to be controlled by state officials or outside profit agencies. Our children are important!
Retired Tift County school administrator