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Georgia Teacher Makes Student Deliver Campaign Signs During Class Time

Kibitzer Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 11:55 AM
If what you say is true, why are the teachers making such a fuss over the amendment?
kcadman Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 7:41 PM
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.

kcadman Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 7:37 PM
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
kcadman Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 7:32 PM
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.
Deornwulf Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 12:17 PM
I don't care why teachers are making a fuss, any true conservative would make a fuss over an amendment that puts taxpayer dollars under the control of unelected officials with the side deficit of adding more bureaucracy to state government.

Among the many education-related ballot proposals this election is Amendment 1 in Georgia. The proposed constitutional amendment would reauthorize an independent board to approve charter schools. Currently, school districts are able to regulate charters, thereby limiting their competition.

EAGnews.org reported on some of the dirty tactics being employed by the education establishment:

In some areas, school employees are reportedly using taxpayer funds and work time to campaign against Amendment 1, possibly violating state law.

“I had a lady come to me … who substitute teaches who said when she walked in to teach the GAE was serving donuts and telling...