Both sides to debate charter school amendment at PTA forum

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 12:35 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 6:44 PM

Voters will have a chance Thursday to learn more about a state charter school constitutional amendment when representatives from both sides of the issue debate at a Richmond County Council of PTAs forum.

The amendment, on the ballot Nov. 6, would allow the state to establish charter schools in cities without the consent of local school boards.

Proponents argue that the amendment will provide more options for families in places where traditional public schools are struggling. Opponents say the amendment will take control away from local boards and use public money without taxpayer approval.

Monique Braswell, the president of the PTAs council, said it is important for the community to hear facts from both sides before voting.

“There’s talk about parent choice, parent options, and with all of that talk I just thought it was the right thing for parents to hear both sides and make their own decisions,” Braswell said. “We are not just a group of people dictating one side.”

The Georgia PTA and the local chapters have come out against the amendment.

Scheduled to speak in support of the amendment are Mark Peevy, the executive director for Families for Better Public Schools, and Dave Barbee, a longtime area GOP official.

Tonia Mason, Lucy C. Laney Com­pre­hensive High School’s principal; state Rep. Quincy Murphey; and Karen Hallen­cy, the legislative chairwoman of the Georgia PTA, will speak against the amendment.

“This forum will be very clear on what this amendment means to our children,” Braswell said.

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Insider Information 10/23/12 - 01:34 pm
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What a concept... educators

What a concept... educators educating!

That's how it should be. Educate the public about both sides and let the public decide.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/23/12 - 06:05 pm
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Having listen to the facts

as they were presented on the Austin Rhodes show, instead of the Knee jerk reactions of the Teachers and the BOE loosing power and control.

I have to side with the charter school amendment.So how is it hurting the school system?
Any student that is willing to learn and has self discipline can apply. Parents will have rules also and must be directly involved 5 days a week. If a student misbehaves they are out. If a student does not make the grades they are out. Access to Charter school is based request and must meet all federal and state laws.

So what is a factual problem besides lost of control by the BOE and more control by the Parents?

Is the problem being able to show that required parent involvement, student discipline rules and requirements work?

Is it giving good students of ANY color or race a chance to learn to the best of their ability in a education only focused setting?

What is the real problem?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/23/12 - 06:54 pm
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OpenCurtain

I think we all know "What is the real problem?"

It should be interesting to see the status quo crowd face someone armed with the actual facts.

notme
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notme 10/23/12 - 07:00 pm
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Please vote on amendment

Please vote No! on amendment one.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 10/23/12 - 07:59 pm
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The problem is most systems

The problem is most systems barely have enough funds to run the schools they have now. Taking money away from public schools to fund these charter schools will just make it that much harder for your kids to get into the charter schools. The real problem starts at home. Why do you think charter schools REQUIRE parents to be involved?? If they were involved in public schools now then we would not even need these type schools to begin with wasting tax payers hard earned money!

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Insider Information 10/23/12 - 08:05 pm
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Vote yes!

Take the shackles off the students and allow them to be free to go to the school of their choice.

Parents should choose where their kids go to school, not bureaucrats.

Will traditional public schools have less money? Certainly, but they will also have less students.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 10/24/12 - 12:27 am
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Scooby

Have you ever had a serious problem with public schools, only to find yourself butting heads with an entrenched beaurocracy? I thought not.

Parental involvement is subjecated to beaurocratic convenience almost every time.

After all, they know what's best for the commoners don't ya know?

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nocnoc 10/26/12 - 08:03 am
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Why is every Local Board of Education so worried?

It is not money, because their main money comes from local taxes and charter schools are not funded with local tax dollars.

It is not discrimination, because Charter schools must adhere to the same laws and regulations as public schools regarding enrollment.

So,
Is it power?
Is it control?
Is it someone having a alternative solution?
Is it the back to basics approach to education and undoing 30 years of Politically Correct teaching?
Is it they just don't know how to tell the truth and have to stand their political ground?

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