ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH CHARTER SCHOOL AMENDMENT
HART COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
OCTOBER 15, 2012
There are currently over 200 Charter Schoolsoperating in Georgia.
All but 16 were established by local School Boards.
The remaining 16 of 83 applications were established by a State Charter School Board.
The State Supreme Court ruled that it was in violation of the State Constitution for the State Charter School Board to overrule on appeal a Local School Board that had rejected a Charter School application.
Since 2002 Georgia has reduced the school budget by $30 billion.
Property taxes and other local sources have made up the difference.
Several school systems are broke.
Hart County is at 45% local and 53% state funded.
Hart County receives $4,258 per student per year from the state.
MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE FAILED AND NOT DOING THE JOB
NOVEMBER 6 BALLOT
What the ballot will say:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon request of local communities.
What the ballot will not say:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to create a state charter school commission, independent of local school boards to approve charter school applications and disperse funds.
CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE SOME SUBSTANTIAL ADVANTAGES
Do not have to accept all applications
No teacher tenure
None or fewer costly mandated social programs
Schools can be constructed to commercial not mandated standards and without costly appendages
Can kick-out students with behavior or academic problems
SEVERAL POINTS OF THE NEW COMMISSION ARE RESOLVED
The Governor will appoint members of the commission
The commission will review and approve applications for charter schools independent of local input
These charter schools will be 100% funded by the State on a per student basis
County taxes will not support these charter schools.
STATED AND PERCEIVED PRO’S FOR THE AMENDMENT
Parents will have a choice as to public or charter schools
Most of the costly and burdensome Federal requirements will not apply to charter schools
Failed school systems can essentially be dissolved and replaced
THERE IS WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT IS THE ISSUE
STATED AND PERCEIVED CON’S FOR THE AMENDMENT
It is not about schools it is about money and control
Georgia does not need another bureaucracy
Local input and control are lostFunding sources for these charter schools is undefined
Georgia’s school budget is $7 billion or 43% of the total state budget you guess
Appointed commission is an invitation for corruption
WHO IS SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT
Georgia Republican party
Conservative radio and talk show hosts and affiliated columns
Out of state corporations and organizations
Have about $1.5 million for campaign
WHO IS AGAINST THE AMENDMENT
State school superintendent Barge
Georgia Democrat party
Public school administrators
A number of school boards
Teachers and teacher organizations
Have raised about $100,000 for campaign
T-PARTY HAS REMAINED NEUTRAL ON THE ISSUE