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Ga. lawmakers approve charter school funding bill

CANTON, Ga. (AP) -- Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation approving a funding system for Georgia charter schools created by the state.

Voters are set to decide in November whether to change the Georgia Constitution so state officials can create charter schools over the objection of local districts. Lawmakers acted to put the issue on the ballot, arguing it would clarify state law after a May ruling by the state Supreme Court that outlawed the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.

The bill signed Thursday is the "enabling" legislation that would re-establish the charter schools commission if voters approve the constitutional amendment.

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http://www.legis.ga.gov

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

The failing public school system we have now, with its unions, cheating, oldies sitting in their hands, high $ sports overhead, big pensions, etc, is killing us. I will get the vote out to get Charter Schools legalized in Georgia, amen.

Our state schools, like the Federal government, has grown beyond control. It is too bad those without kids or older ones still have to contribute to this system.

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Jan 1 year, 11 months ago

Kevin, do a little research before repeating the absurd accusations. Fact, Georgia has no teacher unions. Fact, the money raised by booster clubs and admission to sporting events pays for most of the "high @ sports overhead". Fact, teachers pay for their pensions. They are required to invest part of their salary into the state retirement system. Most teachers could get higher paying jobs in other fields. Fact, charter schools will continue to get approved even if the bill does not pass. The bill only says that the local taxpayers must pay the expenses of the charter school approved by the state but local taxpayers cannot have any control over the process or the school. And lastly, after over 20 years of charter schools, the stats indicate that charter schools do not perform as well as public schools. This is being used as a political football by politicians that know they can manipulate peoples emotions when they have no facts.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

And of course Jan keeps repeating this same old tired rhetoric every time discussion of charter schools comes to the surface. Jan has been charged with a dead horse beating violation!

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

Jan must make her living from Gwinnett School System.

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

Jan must be employed by the Gwinnett School System. No one else thinks it is doing a really good job.

“It is remarkably difficult to make a man understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.“ Upton Sinclaire

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

"...“It is remarkably difficult to make a man understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it..." OUTSTANDING! There is no better expression to describe it!

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richtfan 1 year, 11 months ago

the folks who whine about charter schools are threatened because they KNOW that they might have to step up as a teacher in their regular public school. A stuck pig squeals.

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LoganvilleResident 1 year, 11 months ago

Well richtfan, I'm not a teacher. I have no desire to be one either. I also am a lifelong voter of the Republican party that has two college degrees.

I believe that public education is something that we owe to all citizens. I believe that if we provide public education, we also give access to a level playing field for all people to obtain success.

I adamantly oppose charter schools. I've done the research for myself instead of spouting off what other people tell me. I've seen the statistics that say there is no significant improvement between charter schools and public schools.

The bottom line is that the quality of what comes out of school is only as good as the quality of what goes in. If parents don't support and teach their kids to value education, we will continue to see poor results.

The endplay on this bill is to gut any type of public education whether charter or traditional school. There is no indication that this bill will do anything at all to improve education in Georgia.

I also believe that Gwinnett has an outstanding school system. I have two children in Gwinnett Schools and would put their school up against almost any private school.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Hahahaha, you would? Make sure your children learn how to say "yes Boss!".

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

And just how will the state fund those charters after this vote in Nov if it passes?

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CD 1 year, 11 months ago

With all of the revenue generated by the 1834257238957239857 new jobs at Briscoe.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

This too is an outstanding response!

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Jan 1 year, 11 months ago

Once again we have those with no information making ridiculous assumptions and targeting insults instead. No, I do not work for any school system. I am retired. Hopefully that helps you understand that my interest is to improve education. A few need to go back and read the facts I gave. I never said that GCPS was a great system. Comparing Georgia schools to those systems that actually do have teacher unions, you will see that Georgia's performance is below standard. Gwinnett does a better job than the average Georgia school system but still falls short on a national level. Do you really want a better schools? Then write your legislature and tell them that education should not be the first cut nor have the deepest cuts every time the state faces a financial shortfall. While it is true that some strategic cuts could be made in education dollars, when the mandates come down to cut back, most of the cuts are made in areas that really need the funding to continue a good level of education. Check the stats. The best performing charter schools are run by public school systems. Don't let the for profit charter lobby get you on their side by emotions. Making them give facts. Unfortunately, the facts are not on their side. If this passes, it will be the second greatest mistake Georgians have made with constitutional amendments. It is extremely difficult to undo constitutional amendments, even bad ones.

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Jan 1 year, 11 months ago

Unfortunately you probably are right. Georgia voters are too lazy to get the facts. They latch onto the latest propaganda from all the right wing talk show pundits. I have always found it strange that if you ask someone about the truthfulness of politicians in general and they will admit that politicians lie, yet the one they support is somehow different. Pundits are worse for they pickup lies from other pundits, anonymous bloggers and and politicians and constantly repeat them, adding in their own little gems. Money controls the opinions of the average voter who is more easily swayed by the well presented misinformation than boring truth.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Yep Jan, we know. How do you think that grossly incompetent excuse of a President we have now was elected to, what was that term he used now, "rule"? I'm reasonably certain on a run for the White House between Obama and Romney, you'd vote for Obama no matter how much of a dismal failure of a President this man is. And you are right on target about the money. How much money, unable to be traced, was donated to the Obama campaign compared to that of McCain? Never mind; it's water under the bridge. You're so busy pointing out our shortcomings that you fail to see the colossal ones of your own. That is why we all see you for what you are; an irresponsible, hypocritical, entitlement driven idiot. After all, that is your quintessential definition of a liberal. Carry on Jan. For every time you post your ideological nonsense, we get yet another laugh at your expense.

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Jan 1 year, 11 months ago

Once again, when facts fail to support the side of a Republican, they resort to spewing an absurd fanfare of insults. I challenge you to explain where Obama has failed, not by airing a bunch of unsupported sound bites from your favorite right wing pundit, but by using factual data. While he has failed to get many job creating initiatives pass the "just say no" Senate republican filibuster. Now that the house has a Republican majority, can't even get it pass the house. How can you support a party that believes the solution to everything is cut taxes for the wealthy and never raise taxes? Now to address the stupid charge that Obama received untraceable money. Law requires a full reporting of campaign contributions. Stats show that 47% of Obama's donors gave less than $200. He raised more money because he had so many more donors. 49% of Mccain's contributors gave $2300 or more while only 27% of Obama's was in this category. How can you support Romney when he changes his side on the issues more often than most people change socks? Someone that claims to have standards of fairness, then backs down when it looks like that stand will cost him supporters? We deserve a leader, not someone that sways to the whims of his supporters while ignoring the majority of the country.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Spare me idiot! Your president had carte blanche with democratic majorities for two years, and didn't accomplish squat. I'm not going to waste time debating/discussing anything with you because you are a fool of a troll intent on distributing your socialist propaganda which you have done so repeatedly in here. I'm just simply going to call you out on it every time I see you post your ignorant nonsense.

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Jan 1 year, 11 months ago

My apologies. I did not realize you don't like facts and do not understand how the filibuster works. I am disappointed that you feel that your only recourse is to spew insults and yet cannot come up with any original insults. The ones you use are just copies of those the right wing pundits use for people that they want you to ignore.

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