Amendment 1 means choice

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You may have made the same mistake I did this past weekend. I answered an unknown number from Atlanta. It warned me that Amendment 1 would take hundreds of thousands of dollars from education. That is not what Amendment 1 would do.

The amendment to Georgia’s constitution would ensure two things – first, that state-approved charter schools are legal; and second, that local funds of school districts will be protected and never provided to state charter schools. The problem is that, without the amendment in place, state charter schools face the possibility of being shut down when local districts sue (again) to contest the rights of these schools to exist. These charter schools need to exist.

This past August, my two boys joined the Georgia Cyber Academy, a state charter school. It was a difficult decision to leave the Columbia County school system, but I made the choice for my boys.

My younger son’s confidence had been destroyed by the time his doctors and I were able to diagnose his seizure disorder last spring. My oldest son’s gifted testing was refused until next January. The delay in testing would result in him missing a whole year of the gifted program despite his awards of Best Boy in Math for his grade and most responsible in his class. The local public school system could not support my sons’ needs and abilities, and I made a choice to do better for them.

Voting “yes” for Amendment 1 on Nov. 6 will allow parents’ right to make their educational choice. In the words of philanthropist Rex Sinquefield, citing Milton Friedman: “In every business, in every industry, consumers have almost complete choice, except for the one that’s most important, which is education.”

Please provide the legal right for charter schools to continue in Georgia. Vote “yes” for Amendment 1.

Kristen Grabczynski

Evans

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/02/12 - 12:26 am
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I think...

That Charter schools are needed for students who want a great education and have the brains.
I went to a private school and I know I got a much better education than I ever would have at a public school.
You get what you pay for.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/02/12 - 03:43 am
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BOE's, school administrators

BOE's, school administrators and educrats across the state want to control the process to create charter schools. By controlling the process, they know they can limit the whole concept. Elected BOE's in some counties have ruined the schools. Don't allow anything to inhibit the ability to have charter schools. Socialist, government schools end up like every other socialist enterprise. Bread lines while those in capitalist countries are eating steak. Vote yes.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/02/12 - 08:57 am
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Wayne

This makes no sense now that wayne's post has been pulled.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/02/12 - 07:37 am
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shrimp for breakfast11/02/12 - 06:38 am

Shrimp in many circles "Democrat" is now code for N-word. 'Nuff said.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/02/12 - 07:50 am
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Ammendment 1 means choice?

Yup it sure does. It means folks outside of our community get to choose how to spend your tax dollars.

This is another power grab by state politicians whom we did not elect. Look what happenned with the fiasco at Augusta State, when folks who have no accountability to this community, exercise power.

If you are unhappy with how our local schools are run or our locally elected board members are doing their jobs, the answer is here in our own community. Run for office yourself, support another candidate, volunteer for your PTA or do you want folks from Atlanta and for profit businesses running your schools?

We already have a process for Charter Schools that also protects the integrity of our community. Vote NO on Ammendment 1!

Young Fred
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Young Fred 11/02/12 - 08:39 am
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"in many circles "Democrat"

"in many circles "Democrat" is now code for N-word"

That is just plain ridiculous and without merit.

Most know that “Democrat” is code for the D-word.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/02/12 - 08:56 am
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Young Fred

Wayne pulled his post but he said he wanted his kids to go to charter schools so they wouldn't have to go to school with children whoose parents were Democrats. Then went on to say that Democrats were the reason for all the ills in America and conservatives were Godly and the only ones with values. Something like that.

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Young Fred 11/02/12 - 09:04 am
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Shrimp, I saw the post

I saw the post you are referring to, it was outrageous. I believe the poster was trying to tweak people and get a response. RA played right into his hands and posted an absolutely ludicrous response.

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Fiat_Lux 11/02/12 - 10:03 am
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It really is a culture war, boys and girls

And the lowest common denominator in terms of socialization and level of civility is now the standard being accepted in public schools, not because teachers and administrators don't long for something very much higher, but because they now have no authority to address and control the conduct of their students in any meaningful way. The problem isn't the teachers (mostly) or the school administration but the fools making policy.

When that little fact of life in America changes back to what it was before 1970, then we will see public education once again become the model for the rest of the world. But, until the absurd, liberal, PC, "I'm OK-You're OK" morons who make policy get the boot, forget about it. Until that time, public education in America is just a big, black hole that sucks down far more money than it ever should cost to educate our children very well.

We have been ripped off royally, and it's far worse for our children, for 40+ years of liberal, ignorant, morally bereft control by liberal policies and social experimentation.

Vote "YES", as often as allowed.

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Humble Angela 11/02/12 - 10:32 am
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"in many circles "Democrat"
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"in many circles "Democrat" is now code for N-word"

Yet another absurd, baseless accusation offered up by "retired army."

Does it ever end?

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Darby 11/02/12 - 10:56 am
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"Democrat" is now code for N-word"

To most liberals, "Can you prove what you say?" or "I have a different opinion than you do." is now code for the N-word. Even "Have a nice day" is suspect to that paranoid bunch. To some logically oriented, clear thinking folks, Democrat has become code for (or synonymous with) misguided and lost.

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omnomnom 11/02/12 - 11:04 am
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amendment 1 means

amendment 1 means choice.

state choice, not local choice.

enjoy

Darby
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Darby 11/02/12 - 11:11 am
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Vote Yes, create competition...

Fiat - No gonna argue with the concept of "liberal, PC, morons" who make policy. On the other hand, the staff and faculty of elementary, middle and high schools are as happy as pigs in mud to climb onto that wagon and ride for all it's worth. Low standards for the students translates to low standards for them. They may be able to rise to meet a challenge, but where there is no challenge, there is no incentive.

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Tullie 11/02/12 - 11:11 am
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Retired Army said

Shrimp in many circles "Democrat" is now code for N-word. 'Nuff said.

Really? What circles would those be? Not in my circle. I am really curious to know this..waiting with bated breath for this answer.

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Little Lamb 11/02/12 - 11:14 am
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Choice

No, omnomnom, it means choice for parents.

Thank you, Ms. Grabczynski, for your letter. Choice is better than "one size fits all," which is what No Child Left Behind is all about.

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MarinerMan 11/02/12 - 11:26 am
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A Couple of Points...Okay Three.
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1) If the local money is not going to be touched, then where does the Charter money come from?
2) Where will the ciriculum be acquired?
3) Will there be some certified form of educator on the State Charter "Board"?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/12 - 11:32 am
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Answers

(and one more question)

1) I don't know.
2) The whole purpose of a charter school is for the school to draw up its own curriculum, which is normally different from the public school cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all curriculum.
3) Why should the state board remove one precious certified teacher from the scarcity in the public schools?

Right on
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Right on 11/02/12 - 12:49 pm
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This writer missed the point.

This writer missed the point. The sale pitch at the beginning of the ballot selection is very misleading. It is not about for or against charter schools, it is about local vs state control. Read the last line in small print!!! Your local Board of Education can develop charter schools with your county's money. Do you want your tax dollars going to other countys where there is no benefit to the local tax payer? Spread it around!!The only benefit is it gives the state the opportunity to step in and run the local county's education system if it is faltering. This is good if there are problems but there again, this is why we have voters and elections.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/12 - 01:23 pm
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Control

The state does not control the charter schools. Instead, the board of directors of the charter schools control the charter schools. And those directors are supposed to do what the approved charter says.

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GaStang22 11/02/12 - 06:35 pm
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Exactly Right ON @ 12:49!!
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LL, who said the state controls the charter schools?

GaStang22
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GaStang22 11/02/12 - 07:00 pm
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Also,
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Parents already have a choice. Don't like the school, change. Been that way for a while. The only thing that changed recently is you provide your own transportation.

Instead of building more schools while already having weak budget, why not improve the ones we have. Most just want to cut and run and leave other kids is so called suffering schools. What if everyone chooses charter schools???? Lottery for public schools...are you kidding me?? This can't be offered to all, so tuff for the unlucky?? What a joke!! And to agree with retired army for once lol ........lots of parents I hear whining about charter schools don't participate one iota in their child's education to start with.

To me, this charter thing doesn't seem much different than the Title 1 school deals. Not to mention, no one or website has yet to tell me exactly what is different about a charter school. They are vague. Tell me specifically what differences.

And either way, the letter writer is confused, amendment 1 is not to provide the legal right for charter schools to continue in Georgia.

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