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Governor Deal’s logic is a bit flawed. Ivy Prep was approved under existing laws and the current constitution. If our Governor believes this school is a great success story, this would be a reason NOT to change anything. It’s not like Ivy Prep used up the entire SBOE in the process and we need to replace it.
At the risk of causing earthquakes, you are absolutely correct – this is indeed about who controls education funding and it’s surprising how many folks don’t understand that. State funding is based on enrollment and, now that the original Charter Schools Commission is gone, state funding follows the student to any public school in Georgia. We really don’t want to mess with that arrangement.
What Tony Roberts said is simply not true.
The Charter Schools Commission took state QBE funding directly from kids enrolled in Gwinnett schools and gave it to Ivy Prep. It was the Commission’s parasitic funding that caused the lawsuit. In fact, had the Commission simply agreed to stop taking state funding away from Gwinnett students, the lawsuit would have ended and the original Commission would still be operating.
The State Supreme Court struck down the entire code section that created the Charter Schools Commission and its ability to hijack state education funding. No part of this legal action can have any effect on the state’s authority to create special schools – charter or conventional – because this authority is already clearly in our Constitution.
Tony Roberts’ suggestion that the constitution can somehow be declared unconstitutional is pure nonsense.
So... did the cows weigh in on this?
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:
You may be very surprised at who has been lying to you.
Everything I have ever submitted to the DA’s office has received full and complete consideration. One situation resulted in a felony conviction, which included prison time and a court ordered restitution close to six figures. Evidently, you think this case - and hundreds like it – never happened because they weren’t on your favorite TV show. Readers of this blog will decide for themselves whether to believe an anonymous poster who runs off at the keyboard while sitting at home, or someone who sat in a court of law and witnessed how the DA’s office really operates.
Perhaps we exercised poor judgment when electing some of our officials, but we made up for it by keeping Danny Porter as District Attorney. Our DA has proven, yet again, that the corruption that seems to permeate politics in so many places simply will not be tolerated on his watch. Thank you, Mr. Porter, for a job well done.
Now that we all know the state CAN still approve charter schools, you might want to question the credibility of those who claim it isn’t possible without changing the constitution.
While some of you are swallowing your reality pill, the transition to self-management was required because Ivy Prep’s administrative expense is a crushing 32 percent – over three times the amount budgeted by a typical school system.
No need to ask anyone; just look at the budgets.
GCPS total administration expense (both education and business) is 9.4 percent. Ivy Prep’s administration expense is a crushing 32 percent.
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