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I am not troubled by those who oppose for their own personal reasons, but it is unconscionable for districts to use student learning time for advocacy, teacher/staff work time, board members and superintendents to sit on one-sided panels (rather than balanced panels), and for school board offices (like Bartow County) to be the "headquarters" for the vote no paraphernalia.
Here is a 16 minute webinar that addresses what a charter school and factual information about the amendment. Public sources that support the information provided are given at the end so that the public may research for themselves to make an informed vote. https://gcsatraining.webex.com/gcsatraining/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=TC&rID=13784047&act=pb&rKey=bbecfe68618de378
There is no such thing as a for=profit charter school - all must, by law be non-profit. However, to your point, some that are managed by for-profit organizations (selected and overseen by the governing boards) can often do so much cheaper.
You do realize that the preamble actually mirrors the legislative intent of charters that is in the Charter Schools Act and the parent involvement is in the requirements for petitions? Neither have ever been questioned before. As for the actual question, the question asks if the local and state bodies can authorize. The complaint is that the locals can "already" authorize. Well, according to the same opponents, the state can "already" authorize too (which is still legally challengeable). Why is everyone so afraid to ask the public to AFFIRM this?
Let's be clear about one more thing... The Commission will not "control" these schools. The schools are approved and provided oversight by the Commission. The "control" is done by a governing board for the charter school filled with local parents, teachers, and community members - this is a LOT more local control than the typical parent in a district gets. PLUS, charter school parents have the ability to, if a majority votes, close a school down for non performance.
Let's be clear ...the Commission is GREATLY more efficient! The Georgia Charter Commission operated on $650,000 per year, had a staff of 5 (paid for by the charters themselves... and they REDUCED their own budget in year 2!) and 7 volunteer Commissioners. The Commission at the time it was operational oversaw 15,000 students. Compare - adding several of the smaller districts (199-3000 pupils) together to equal 15,000 kids equals $11 MILLION dollars in cost for their central offices. Do not for one minute begin to talk about a bureaucracy when the Commission has shown MUCH greater efficiency. Op-ed linked to a recent study: http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2012-11-01/scafidi-amendment-could-counter-administrative-bloat-schools
Teachers are being given absolutely FALSE information by districts, PAGE, GAE, and PTA. They are being scared to death that they will lose their jobs, be furloughed, or have 40 kids in the class, EVEN THOUGH the law prohibits local funds from being taken from districts. They have been shamefully lied to, and it is so disheartening that few have verified what they are being told by the very districts who make poor choices for priorities with funding and negatively impact classrooms.
3. Yes, they do. What does that have to do with anything? 4. They currently have the ability, but that is in question because: 1) the Supreme Court said the local districts have EXCLUSIVE control and 2) They said charters aren't "special" schools, which is all the state can authorize. The charters appealing to the state will not change, so they would still not meet the definition of "special" school. Plus, Sally Fitzgerald of PTA confirmed a suit is pending, which would either close the schools down OR reduce their funding to $3500 per pupil and they'd be unsustainable. 5. See #2 AND the growtih of the charter sector will certainly, with unchecked power given to districts, stop. Put kids first, not systems.
Other Facts People Should Also Know: 1. Just because we don't have collective bargaining here does not mean that PAGE and GAE don't lobby the legislature and keep the status quo. They are very powerful ... like other "unions." 2. Yes, it is. Charters come up for renewal every 5 years. We have had charter schools (my own included) who have not been funded properly and who have not been given unused facilities or other services provided by law. Several of the charters who have started pushing on their rights have been both implicitly and explicitly threatened about renewal. Without an appeal process (that cannot be legally challenged) all charters are at the mercy of districts.
Other Facts People Should Also Know: 1. Just because we don't have collective bargaining here does not mean that PAGE and GAE don't lobby the legislature and keep the status quo. They are very powerful ... like other "unions." 2. Yes, it is. Charters come up for renewal every 5 years. We have had charter schools (my own included) who have not been funded properly and who have not been given unused facilities or other services provided by law. Several of the charters who have started pushing on their rights have been both implicitly and explicitly threatened about renewal. Without an appeal process (that cannot be legally challenged) all charters are at the mercy of districts.
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