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Columbia County school board approves resolution against charter school legislation

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 7:50 PM
Last updated 8:05 PM
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With a state constitutional amendment on charter schools stalled in the Georgia Legislature, Columbia County school board members on Tuesday approved a resolution recommending its rejection.

House Resolution 1162, which would circumvent a Georgia Supreme Court ruling striking down charter schools not created by local school boards, failed by 10 votes to win a two-thirds majority of votes needed for passage last week.

State Rep. Ben Harbin, of Evans, was the only member of the county’s House delegation and one of only a handful of Republicans to vote against it.

Board member Mike Sleeper praised Harbin, saying, “One of our legislators has a backbone and took a stand in favor of public education,” calling the proposed amendment “detrimental to public education.”

The school board resolution, approved 4-0 with Wayne Bridges absent, criticizes moves in recent years to “redirect” public school funding to private and charter schools.

The resolution asks that lawmakers first “adequately fund a first-class K-12 education across our state.”

The resolution now will be sent to the governor and other state officials, Superintendent Charles Nagle said.

If passed and later approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to create charter schools even when opposed by local school boards, which the Supreme Court said violates local control of education under current law.

Education organizations throughout the state have expressed opposition to the proposal, fearing that it would take money away from public education while giving it to appointed officials at charter schools without direct accountability to voters.

Charter and private school supporters have argued that the legislation would give greater control to parents and prevent school boards from blocking charter schools from creation.

After the narrow failure of the legislation, it has been sent back to committee where its sponsors say they plan to bring it back to the House for reconsideration.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/14/12 - 10:36 pm
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Well, of course they do!

Well, of course they do! They might have to start being accountable for their performance if this passes!

MartinezCitizen
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MartinezCitizen 02/14/12 - 11:56 pm
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Agreed Dixieman. The public

Agreed Dixieman. The public school system is seriously flawed. If the state is unable to fix the public school system, why not funnel some of the funds to private institutions?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/15/12 - 02:13 am
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Bet that Barbara Sims, Lee

Bet that Barbara Sims, Lee Anderson and their supporters really appreciate Sleeper's gratutious remarks.

Wonder what mike@sleeper.org will say when Bill Jackson votes for the amendment.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 02/15/12 - 06:15 am
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They don't want anyone
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They don't want anyone competing who can do a better job for less money and will treat employees better.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/15/12 - 06:26 am
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I'm thankful I don't have

I'm thankful I don't have kids in public schools anymore...

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/15/12 - 07:49 am
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Beg, borrow or take a second

Beg, borrow or take a second job to send your kids to a good private school.

db16
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db16 02/15/12 - 08:43 am
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LOL...Really Folks? Private

LOL...Really Folks? Private Schools are no better. I have seen more kids with Criminal and Discipline Records go through Private Schools than you can imagine. I would bet you large sums of $$ that, by percentage, Private Schools have more kids with Criminal Records than those in Public Education. Not to mention that Private Schools can hire NON CERTIFIED folks to TEACH. Bottom line is...Private Schools are not the answer either...they are simply a PAY FOR YOUR GRADE INSTITUTION. Do your research.

MartinezCitizen
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MartinezCitizen 02/15/12 - 09:18 am
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db16 you are so very

db16 you are so very mis-guided. Yes, there are institutions around here that parents send their kids that get kicked out of public school, but that is not the majority of kids in private schools. Making a general statement like private schools are a "pay for your grade institution" is ignorant. This resolution wouldn't only be for private schools, but charter schools as well. If there were more charter schools in our area then maybe parents wouldn't feel the need to take second jobs to pay thousands of dollars per year for private school. Do YOUR research.

db16
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db16 02/15/12 - 10:09 am
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Martinez, you are correct.

Martinez, you are correct. See how easy it is to just post garbage on here. I got the exact reaction that I wanted. My above statement was bait...and you took it and ran with it. THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY POINT! Private Schools, Charter Schools and Public Schools all have their own issues. Private Schools (whether religious based or not) are not perfect. Charter Schools are not necessarily perfect, but do offer options. Public Schools come with your residence in our country. See...here is what is factual: Private Schools have criteria to attend, Charter Schools have criteria to attend...Public Schools is a 'serve all who enter' regardless of underlying issues. But also factual, Private Schools cost $$...does that guarantee you a 'GOOD EDUCATION?' NO...Parenting and taking responsibility for your children will help ensure that! Public Schools are simply at the mercy of the Govern'bully'ment! If you are not within the walls of a school or have not spent time there recently, then you are truly out of the loop. Get involved and see what goes on for yourself...I do appreciate your comments though...it was good reading. God Bless

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dstewartsr 02/15/12 - 06:08 pm
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Duh.

Duh.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 02/15/12 - 06:55 pm
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It boils down to parent

It boils down to parent expectations people. A teacher can only do so much. Here is what happened today during a typical day at work - a kid was "laying" belly down on his desk seat, another had his head down, a third was writing in a notebook full of pictures and weird poems about "biting" people, several were talking out of turn, one raised his hand in what you think was a response to an important question only to ask if he could go to the restroom, two got in a verbal altercation calling each other inappropriate names, and several may have actually learned something today. Was the lesson boring? Nope. Do I have expectations and rules? Certainly. What is the problem then? Kids who have no home training or manners who disrupt the learning process of so many sweet and intelligent kids who really just want to learn. That is just a small sampling of what goes on. Until parents do their jobs and teach children to respect adults and each other all the charter and private schools in the world are not going to make a difference. I see awesome kids each and everyday who come in respectful and well mannered having to put with these time suckers who take up so much of a teachers time. Until school's crack down on these kids and make their parents man up to control them then things will continue to go down hill.

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