ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH CHARTER SCHOOL AMENDMENT

HART COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION

OCTOBER 15, 2012



 BACKGROUND

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 lostFunding 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

Governor Deal

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