As of Friday, October 12, 2012
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I am full support of the state school superintendent and local school boards' rights to speak out on any proposed amendment that affects how students are educated in our state. Local school boards are elected to help decide what is best for the students in their jurisdiction.
If the governor is not restricted from voicing his opinion while in his role as governor (who lives on taxpayer funds) then it makes sense that local school board officials should be able to voice their position as well. Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of our country and state and speaking out for or against this amendment does not seem to put anyone in immediate danger. I say let the school board speak for what is best for the students in their area.
As a former school board member, it is hard to understand how this amendment will benefit all students since only some will be able to get into these schools. Our teachers have seen less take-home pay for the last five years with frozen pay scales, furlough days and rising health care costs. So why should the state be able to remove funding from local schools to fund small schools with no local accountability?
I agree with the school board and Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks that this will be bad for education in Georgia. There is just not enough money to go around to give charter school choice to all students of Gwinnett County, which has already funded the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology and the Gwinnett Online Campus.
I will continue to support the local control by elected officials to decide what is best for our students.
-- Cecil GoberSugar Hill