AS USUAL, IT”S ABOUT THE MONEY
I’m talking about the move by Georgia lawmakers who want to make it easy to circumvent local boards of education, and even the state board of education, so that new charter schools can be formed.
There is a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow a special commission in Atlanta to approve spending state tax dollars to fund new charter schools.
A lot of people whose opinion I respect think this is really a bad idea. Local school boards and the state board can now approve charter schools, so it’s not a matter of not having them. It’s a matter of losing local control and using state tax dollars for charter schools that could be going to local school systems. Local systems really need that money because of the draconian cuts to public schools by the state legislature. The legislators will tell you they are for public education, but actions do indeed speak louder than words.
After, studying this complicated matter, I will be joining our state Superintendent of Education, former state representative Mary Jane Galer, former state representative and State Board of Regents member Milton Jones, and others in voting no on this amendment. If you live in Georgia, I hope you will do the same thing.
A lot of out-of-state money is going into the campaign to get this amendment approved. I am told that is because for-profit management companies that manage some charter schools want this amendment to pass.
As I said, like so many other things, it’s about the money.