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Date Posted: 13:34:47 10/27/09 Tue
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Re: For the sake of accuracy, letís get specific
In reply to: Larry 's message, "For the sake of accuracy, letís get specific" on 07:31:15 10/27/09 Tue

Thanks for correcting one item in my previous post. The fact that the BoE's lawsuit is all about money should have been listed under 'what we know' rather than under 'what we suspect.'

Second (although not in the order presented in your post), you questioned "why should QBE funding she [your daughter] deserves be ripped away from her school and handed over to Ivy Prep?" Such a statement presumes several unfounded hypotheses on your part, namely:
1. that MORE MONEY automatically equals a BETTER academic education,
2. that an EQUAL share of the state QBE funds received by the GCPSS school your daughter attends are ACTUALLY SPENT on HER academic education versus other students at her school, and
3. a reduction in the amount of state QBE funding to your daughter's GCPSS school will LOWER the quality of her academic education.
Your daughter -- or any comparable GCPSS student -- may DESERVE an equal amount of whatever QBE funds Georgia provides to their school, however, it's highly questionable whether she ACTUALLY GETS the benefit of an equal share or IF she WILL GET the benefit of an equal share should the lawsuit verdict be in the BoE's favor.

Third, your primary complaint appears to be "---commission charter schools receive additional funding that is deducted directly from other public schools, including other charter schools."
So What? You yourself said there are only 2 COMMISSION charter schools out of 120 charter schools in Georgia. Based on this wild growth record, any reduction in state QBE funds to any one of the 175+/- non-charter state public school systems caused by the creation of another COMMISSION charter school would be akin to a pimple on a mosquito's butt! And any forecast that future proliferation of COMMISSION charter schools would 'break the state QBE funding bank' likewise is just so much bullshit!
And if there were even a remote possibility that this could occur, why aren't lots of the remaining 118 Georgia charter schools joining in the BoC's lawsuit?

Lastly, my tongue-in-cheek answer to your as-yet-unanswered question of 'why is Ivy Prep getting state QBE funds that you believe your daughter's GCPSS school is constitutionally entitled to': because that's how our elected state legislators/bureaucrats interpret the charter school education law(s) they wrote and passed!

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