Reject charter amendment

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On Nov. 6, Georgia voters need to be aware of a confusing and deceptive question which will appear on our ballot. The question reads: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”

I fear that good-intending voters may be deceived into believing that “charter” is shorthand for “freedom of choice.” And to complicate things, the language of the question is so confusing that folks may interpret it as a vote for or against charter schools. The question is not about choice, and it is not about the worthiness of charter schools.

If approved, this proposed constitutional amendment will take away local control and give the state power to create charter schools anywhere it wishes, using tax money that it once gave to support our children and grandchildren in local public schools. Our local public schools cannot suffer any more cuts in state funds.

The Richmond County Retired Educators Association recently voted to join the Georgia Retired Educators, the Georgia School Superintendents Association, the Georgia Parent-Teachers Association, the Professional Association of Educators, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders and Georgia’s state school superintendent in opposition to this proposed amendment.

I encourage every voter in this state, including charter school supporters, to join me in voting “no” on this amendment Nov. 6.

(The writer is legislative chairwoman of the Richmond County Retired Educators Association.)

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Insider Information 09/20/12 - 06:09 am

The letter writer is right and wrong at the same time.

The amendment is not about the local school system having a choice, but it is about parents having a choice.

And the money being taken away from traditional public schools will be given to charter public schools. What's wrong with that? What's wrong with competition?

The writer can make a laundry list of associations. It's the kids who matter.

seenitB4 09/20/12 - 06:45 am

Why does the school system have to be so dang wasn't this way 50 years ago...

Angie H
Angie H 09/20/12 - 01:10 pm
When the money is taken away

When the money is taken away from the school, so are the number of students.....because they go to the charter school where the money went. Why SHOULDN'T the money follow the students? Oh yeah....because the teacher unions want it.

socks99 09/20/12 - 06:17 pm
The best teachers,

The best teachers, administrators and schools have little to fear from effective Charter schools; failing schools, on the other hand ...

harley_52 09/20/12 - 10:30 pm
The Current....

...public school system in this Country is an abject failure. All you have to do is spend fifteen minutes looking at the situation in Chicago in terms of both what just happened with the teacher's union and the history of Chicago's public school teachers' success in teaching children reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Vote "YES" on this issue.

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