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Campaign for charter schools amendment begins

ATLANTA -- Even with a high-profile referendum on ballots later this month, leaders have launched a campaign for a November ballot question that could determine funding for charter schools in Georgia.

Families for Better Public Schools began its work this week on the constitutional amendment to be considered by voters in the fall.

"As we get past the July primary elections, voters' attention will turn to the November ballot that includes a great opportunity to improve Georgia's education system," campaign manager Mark Peevy said in a press release. "Public charter schools offer more parental involvement and more accountability, which is why we continue to see terrific academic achievement from charter school students."

While polling data reportedly shows Georgia favors the amendment by a 58-23 margin, leaders plan to use a website, www.bettergaschools.org, and Facebook and Twitter efforts to share information about the referendum.

"We have a very active network of charter parents, students and teachers," Peevy said. "We will rely on them to tell their stories, because their stories prove that public charter schools make a real difference in the lives of so many. Their futures are brighter, and we should do everything we can to make brighter futures available to as many Georgia students as possible."

The campaign's Facebook page can be found by searching for Families for Better Public Schools or at this link: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Families-for-Better-Public-Schools/307417942687616. The Twitter handle is@BetterGASchools.

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BuzzG 2 years, 4 months ago

Anything to get out kids out of the prison known as Gwinnett Public Schools. Monopolies are rarely good and this one certainly isn't.

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teelee 2 years, 4 months ago

If Gwinnett schools are prisons, what are Dekalb schools?

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pepesme 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm all for it. If you look at charter schools, both local and nationwide, they have higher test scores, and a larger percentage of children that go to college. The level of accountability the teachers are held to, and the freedom to do what they need in their classrooms with curriculum and teaching methods to make sure that their students are successful are an amazing recipe for success. Let's do this, Georgia!

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LarryMajor 2 years, 4 months ago

Changing our constitution is a serious undertaking and if you are going to vote, be sure you understand the consequences of your vote. The current version and history of this proposed amendment are available here: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20112012/HR/1162 You may be very surprised at who has been lying to you.

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NewsReader 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, we know LarryMajor. Such is the case when the people voted to approve Tax Allocation Districts which siphons money away from education. But you didn't find anything wrong with that now did you? We're not surprised who is lying to us. We have seen it every time you post.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

If only we could deal in facts and get away from the lies that are being publicized. Please do the research and don't fall into the gullibility of believing those that shout the loudest and most often. 1. The "Families for Better Public Schools" is not supported by families but gets their funding from the charter school companies which are out to make a profit. 2. Charter schools have not, on the average, been achieving up to the standards of public schools. 3. Public schools encourage parent involvement. 4. Charter schools will still be funded and continue to operate even if the amendment fails. 5. Passing the amendment forces your tax dollars to support local charter schools that are certified by the state, even though many of their students could come from other counties. 6. Clarifying 5., passing the amendment will lead to higher taxes or further bleeding of much needed funds from public schools. 7. The top performing Charter schools are run by public school systems. 8. Non-public charter schools are businesses out to make a profit and children come second. Please do the research and don't be swayed by the false information being so strongly publicized.

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NewsReader 2 years, 4 months ago

We did the research. That's why we are voting for it! I was wondering how long it would take you to come post your typical rhetorical drivel.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 4 months ago

Just a few different resources from different sources:
Christian Science Monitor has a story that "On Average, Charter schools perform no better than public schools."
Stanford University conducted a study titled "Multiple Choice: Charter School Performance in Sixteen States. In the study, they found that 17% of Charter Schools greatly perform over their public schools. The flip side is that 34% lag significantly behind public schools. The remaining 46% perform no better or worse than the public schools.
The New York Times reports their analysis shows that the MAJORITY of charter schools are no better or worse than their public school counterparts. It further says that studies suggest students are NOT doing as well as students in public schools.
So NewsReader, answer this question:
Why would we funnel tax money into the hands of private corporations that have shown they statistically can't do any better at educating our children?
I'd rather work to fix the current system that started a decline when the federal goverment and the state government started increasingly interfering with local school operations. Get them out of dictating education and we'd see lots of improvement.

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Jan 2 years, 4 months ago

Before responding to Newsreader I noticed that LoganvilleResident had already cited many sources that show clearly establish my statements as fact. It is unreal how Newsreader chose to respond to me even though this information was already posted. I suggest that Newsreader spend more time researching than trying to dream up stupid insults like "...your typical rhetorical drivel" to put down factual statements. I am always amazed at those with no reliable sources of information resorting to insults in an attempt to discredit the messenger instead of true research, which obvioulsy Newsreader doesn't like. Check out the sources cited by LoganvilleResident, then tell me why my tax dollars should go to support a private industry. Something LoganvilleResident fails to mention is that some of the top performing charter schools in the statistics are public schools. Gwinnett County Board of Education is operating several successful charter schools, as are many other schools systems in Georgia.

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GwinnettFan 2 years, 4 months ago

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (a Gwinnett County Public School charter school) leads the state in SAT scores….400+ points above state and national. The issue is not about the concept of charter schools (all of which are public schools); it is about a state panel placing a charter in a local community by bypassing the local board and bypassing the voters. By changing the constitution, the state panel will have the power without regard to community support or descent. Appointments on the state panel will be by political favor and should alarm citizens from both parties. The opportunity for political cronyism will be rife for whichever party is in power. The issue is not about the value of charter schools (some good, some bad). The topic is solidly about state control and taxation without representation for a local community. Legislative backers are suggesting a nuclear bomb solution after losing in the Georgia Supreme Court. Amending the constitution when thwarted by due process will set precedent and will open the door to countless unforeseen consequences on this topic and many more.

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-sat-scores-slip-1180947.html

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Say_that_again 2 years, 4 months ago

Really funny! How 58% of those polled are going to vote against their interests, except for the few that would profit financially if it is passed. How that many hear "Great Charter School Solution" and ignore all the facts.

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motherinduluth 2 years, 3 months ago

I would love to see an article with input from an Ivy Prep family. Ivy Prep opened too late for her daughter but she was a huge proponent of an all girls school. She showed me the graduation statistics for African American and Hispanic students in GCPS and she said that as a mother, she could not take that risk with her child. A young woman I worked with, said when she started school in GCPS her school was predominately Hispanic, her high school had over 100 Hispanic students in her graduating class. She said less than 10, maybe less than 5 of those students graduated with her. GMST is a great option, but dealing with Gifted students is not a problem for GCPS. My children were fine at GCPS. But, meeting the needs of students that need a little more, or something different is the problem. Ivy Prep has shown phenomenal success with students that GCPS was failing.

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