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Rally against charter schools scheduled Saturday

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 6:01 PM
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In November, voters will decide whether the Richmond County Board of Education should have the authority to approve or deny attempts by organizations to open charter schools in the district.

It comes to the voters after the Georgia General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment in March allowing the state to create charter schools that function with local funding, even if local boards object.

Opponents of the bill are now working to make sure the public understands the ballot issue. Local educators and legislators are holding a rally Saturday to give information about the legislation, H.R. 1162.

Those holding and speaking at the rally are opposed to the bill, as is the RCBOE, which passed a resolution earlier this year condemning it.

RCBOE member Barbara Pulliam, a sponsor of Saturday’s rally along with Richmond County Council of PTAs President Monique Braswell and Sandridge Community Association President Sammie Sias, said she fears state charter schools will funnel students out of the school system, which will have a corresponding financial impact on the district.

“We are already hurting financially,” Pulliam said. “It can’t do anything but devastate the school system with more money being pulled out of it and given to a state charter.”

Georgia Federation of Teachers President Verdaillia Turner, who will speak at the rally with state Rep. Gloria Frazier, said finances and accountability are the biggest problems with letting charter schools start up.

She said charter schools take authority away from local districts while also taking money and children.

“There’s only one money pot, and the money coming from the state is already being shortchanged to local districts,” Turner said. “Now it’s going to be shortchanged even more.”

Proponents of the legislation say it would secure the state’s partnership in public education and facilitate the process for opening charter schools.

IF YOU GO

What: Save our Schools Rally, discussion about HR1162. Speakers include Georgia Federation of Teachers President Verdaillia Turner and state Rep. Gloria Turner.

Where: Jamestown Community Center 3647 Karleen Road in Hephzibah

When: Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/18/12 - 07:26 pm
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Interesting those against

Interesting those against charter schools.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 04/18/12 - 10:04 pm
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School officials and teachers

School officials and teachers rally against charter schools.

Translation...

The establishment fights against parents and giving their kids options.

When was the last rally held by these folks against dropouts, government waste, low test scores, school crime, high taxes, etc?

msgret92
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msgret92 04/18/12 - 10:54 pm
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If people on the taxpayer

If people on the taxpayer dole are against it, that is a good reason for taxpayers to be for it.

csraguy
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csraguy 04/19/12 - 12:53 am
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“We are already hurting

“We are already hurting financially,” - Oh, so it is about money not what is in the best interest of our youth.....imagine that!!

The RCBOE is barely graduating 50% of their students even though they spend in excess of $100,000.00 per pupil getting them through high school.

It is about MONEY and POWER not what is best for our youth and that is pathetic. We need to give ALL of our youth better options such as the few good school Richmond County currently has.

It simply is not right that those who would like a good education but can’t afford private schools and don’t make it into one of the schools such as Davidson are not afforded other opportunities. Students who go to school to learn should not have to be in the same building with many who could care less and those who are suffering the most are our poor students who want to excel.

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Craig Spinks 04/19/12 - 01:36 am
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Who's going to hold a rally

Who's going to hold a rally against "underperforming schools?" When's the rally against shortchanging our youth?

Oh, I forgot. Public schools isn't about students and learning; it's about money and power.

Some grown folks ought to be ashamed of themselves.

curly123053
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curly123053 04/19/12 - 08:15 am
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Charter schools have proven

Charter schools have proven to be successful in many locations with higher test scores and lower absences. It may even result in smaller classroom sizes in some public school locations which could prove beneficial. The less kids in a classroom is said to be better for the student's learning. These government school teachers should not be fighting against something that could prove to be beneficial in the long run without giving it a chance. Some of these same government school teachers just may wind up working at a charter school one day earning more money than where they are at.

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allhans 04/19/12 - 08:57 am
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curly.. 'Some of these same

curly.. 'Some of these same government school teachers just may wind up working at a charter school one day earning more money than where they are ...'

Probably not. Not with that attitude.

belle
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belle 04/19/12 - 09:19 am
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Ok, let's look at this

Unpublished

Ok, let's look at this situation realistically. Charter schools handpick their students. What happens to the students not picked? Where do they end up? In poorly funded, poorly maintained public schools. Think your kid is perfect and guaranteed to get in a Charter school? You are fooling yourself. your child is not the main deciding factor in acceptance to a Charter school....YOU are. If you take yourself and the "business" of a charter school out of the equation, all that is left is the students. They should be the ONLY factor in consideration of this matter. The only way to guarantee they all get equal education opportunities is to maintain a strong public school system.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/19/12 - 10:26 am
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A charter school for dealing

A charter school for dealing effectively with kids who are behaviorally disabled (ie, relentlessly disruptive) might result in the need for a lot less support at standard government schools. It might even cause them to revert to the level of education and graduation of the 1960s if the reason for their decline were removed to a more regimented, no-BS educational setting that was designed specifically to transform thugs and fools into mature and productive citizens.

Who with a brain could believe the set-up we currently have is doing much of anything worth supporting? It's just another entitlement program for non-producers, this particular group composed of many of our public school teachers. Give the committed teachers a break and start using marines to instruct and mentor the kids who aren't interested in getting an education.

Charter schools are the only solution on the horizon for our failing public education system.

soldout
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soldout 04/19/12 - 10:19 am
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public education was an

public education was an experiment that has failed. The liberals want to kill unborn babies and those that survive should be as dumb as possible and know they can't make it on their own. Can a person with intelligence vote and support this kind of attitude.

BUZZ
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BUZZ 04/19/12 - 10:49 am
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RC Schools do the bare

RC Schools do the bare minimum when it comes to properly servicing our kids especially those who have special needs (IEP). In the case of servicing children with special needs parents have to almost threaten to take legal action in order for them to provide the services that are required to service the kids that have IEP's. Even then, they do less than the minimum. Unfortunately if the parents of children with special needs are not involved enough to advocate for their children, do not count on RCBOE to do it. I will be the first to say that more options are needed in the county so that involved parents can take the appropriate action when they are convinced that the county will not act because they are more concerned with dollars and not properly educating or servicing the assigned population. I support the efforts to bring charter schools to the county.

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harley_52 04/19/12 - 11:37 am
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A high school education

A high school education should not be an entitlement. It should not be guaranteed, but rather earned by the achievement of high standards in both academics and behavior. Unruly, disruptive, anti-social children should be expelled from the public education system. Period.

Our current public education system, like the rest of our "great society" experiments, has been a miserable failure from any reasonable perspective. That we continue to pour money into a demonstrably failed system is a testament to what has become of American society.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/19/12 - 12:37 pm
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The big push is provided by

The big push is provided by companies that run charter schools. Yet another attempt by lobbyists to get their hands on government funding. Suck already scarce funding from public schools to line shareholders pockets (much like for profit colleges are doing). There is already an alternative. It's called a private school.

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allhans 04/19/12 - 01:00 pm
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Take the money from public

Take the money from public schools. Maybe when those defending the system see what they have done, like their jobs disappearing, they will teach a little smarter, work a little harder and actually care about those who are depending on them.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/19/12 - 01:46 pm
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Every teacher I know is

Every teacher I know is dedicated, works their rear end off, and cares deeply for the kids. Like anything, you work with what you've got. If your building and have substandard tools and components you end up with a substandard product. parenting is where the problem lies, not the teachers.

BarstoolDreamer
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BarstoolDreamer 04/19/12 - 02:55 pm
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Teachers in public schools

Teachers in public schools should have nothing to worry about. Charter schools can be no better because every problem they have is because of the parents.... right? the school doesn't matter, right? So these charter schools will do just as bad as public schools because of the parents.....right? surely they can not get better teachers and have better performance.

lsmith
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lsmith 04/19/12 - 04:16 pm
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These folks

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These folks against........all the more reason to support it. Nothing more than a turf war. "old habits die hard".....

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willie7 04/19/12 - 05:16 pm
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Thank you Techfan for your

Unpublished

Thank you Techfan for your researched information. It is very refreshing to read your posts.
I see you don't get your information from the Talk Show Personalities. Please Continue to try and educate the others.

rmajor
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rmajor 04/19/12 - 05:31 pm
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Actually, I homeschool my

Actually, I homeschool my son...you are right. Parenting isn't where the problem is..it's where the solution is. I would never trust my son's well-being, solely, in the hands of teachers. There are some great, ones and there are some that need to go to other professions. Charter schools are great. Also, the teachers aren't the ones getting paid the big, bucks anyway. It's the administrators. Teachers and custodians are always having to work furlough days (without pay), however, what administrators have to do this?

I'm all for the children. Not the adults. For those teachers who truly care to make a difference, I salute you. It's very, difficult, based on the curriculum given by administrators for teachers to even have a chance to make a difference, let alone, care enough to do something outside of the box to help children. Everything is centered on the administration, politics, the curriculum, and Title I funding....NOT the children.

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Craig Spinks 04/19/12 - 05:55 pm
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(M)ajor, Speaking of Title I,

(M)ajor,

Speaking of Title I, I noticed in the Times-Union today that Duval County must repay over $2M in Title I funds.

Wonder how the RCSS would come out in a USDOE OIG audit of its Title I program?

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