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WorldClass 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school amendment is divisive issue

While I would have to admit that Wilbanks’ micromanaging style and tunnel vision have put him at odds with frustrated parents, teachers, and residents of Gwinnett County from time to time, and our elected school board has often appeased him instead of their constituent, I am firmly behind his opposition to the charter school amendment on the November ballot.

Then again, our GCPS superintendent should have foreseen this precedent upon creating Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology under the umbrella of a charter school instead of that of a magnet school.

In my opinion, charter schools want the privilege of serving a select group of students in our community with local, state, and federal school funds. Basically, their charter grants them the freedom to function as a private school with tax dollars - without having to adhere to all the mandates and laws that structure our traditional public school that must enroll and serve all students indiscriminately.

We should all work together to make our public schools better, not work to dismantle them one charter school at a time.

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WorldClass 1 year, 6 months ago on Charter school amendment is divisive issue

While I would have to admit that Wilbanks’ micromanaging style and tunnel vision have put him at odds with frustrated parents, teachers, and residents of Gwinnett County from time to time, and our elected school board has often appeased him instead of their constituent, I am firmly behind his opposition to the charter school amendment on the November ballot.

Then again, our GCPS superintendent should have foreseen this precedent upon creating Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology under the umbrella of a charter school instead of that of a magnet school.

In my opinion though, charter schools want the privilege of serving a select group of students in our community with local, state, and federal school funds. Basically, their charter grants them the freedom to function as a private school with tax dollars - without having to adhere to all the mandates and laws that structure our traditional public school that must enroll and serve all students indiscriminately.

We should all work together to make our public schools better, not work to dismantle them one charter school at a time.

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WorldClass 1 year, 6 months ago on MURPHY: Why you should vote 'no' on charter school amendment

Mr. Murphy, you said, and I quote: "Parents already have choices - magnet, public, private, home and charter schools." Can you please tell where there is a magnet school in Gwinnett County? I've advocated for one since the 1980's, and GCPS has ignored the need for such a long-awaited and needed school for our brightest students. As for choice, I don't think charter schools are a choice since enrollment is based on a lottery system and the seat capacity is limited. The choices are limited from my point of view!!!!

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WorldClass 2 years ago on School system struggles with budget woes

Did you know that GCPS principals, in addition to their handsome salaries, get an additional $7.85 supplement per student enrolled at their school? Parents do NOT enroll students at a school based on who the principal is. With all the looming budget cuts, increased class sizes, and furlough days, maybe Wilbanks and his staff at the ISC should seriously consider eliminating this perk and use the funds to hire another teacher!

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