Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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What happened to the Georgia Tea Party? I thought it would be out in force against our state representatives trying to enlarge the state government by adding a new department to build a state charter school system. This will happen if the Georgia constitution is changed by a yes vote on Nov. 6.
I believe that there is a need for charter schools, but it should be a local option, not the whim of someone in Atlanta. If the State Superintendent of Schools, John Barge, and county superintendents are against this proposed amendment, why should voters think the legislature know more about educating our children? They are being lobbied to push this proposal.
How much money is being spent on them and on fighting for this by for-profit companies? Obviously companies would not fight for it if the didn't think they would get money from the state, money that could go to the existing education system.
Parents who want to get involved with their children's education can do it currently, and many do. Unfortunately not enough parents get involved in a positive way. If those that are now involved switch to state charter schools, the enrollment in the local public schools will decrease, as will the money allotted to schools by enrollment numbers.
A constitutional amendment is not needed. Local school districts can establish charter schools now. Why have two public systems to pay taxes for?
I have mentored and substituted in public schools for 10 years so I do have a recent background on what I say. Positive parent involvement is needed more than the state throwing money away for a few children.
-- Jim Cleary