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Date Posted: 01:02:16 11/25/09 Wed
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Re: Letís talk about DeKalb
In reply to: Larry 's message, "Letís talk about DeKalb" on 07:08:17 11/23/09 Mon

I agree with your deductive conclusions that (1) charter school proponents view DeKalb as a friendly public school system, and (2) the DeKalb County Public School System (DCPSS) could lose about $5 Million in state funds IF all your related assumptions come to pass. But -- in my opinion -- who drew "first blood" is a non-issue as far as this subject is concerned.

And in that we agree the lawsuit is all about money, WHY does it matter if DCPSS gets about $5 Million less in state funds? Somehow the numerical dollar 'loss' of state funds overlooks the accompanying loss in the number of students that DCPSS NO LONGER WILL HAVE TO EDUCATE"!

As long as we're engaging in mental exercises, perhaps there's another way to view the BoE instigated lawsuit. In that 'commission' charter schools primarily serve 'underprivileged' kids -- kids that increasingly are/will be creating the need for new classrooms/schools, transportation services, ESOL programs and other NCLB mandated curricula at non-charter public school systems -- then:

> maybe the average cost per 'commission' charter school student IS greater than that for the remainder of a non-charter public school's student body (excluding handicapped students),

> maybe the GADoE and state politicians realize this and that's why 'commission' charter schools get a bigger slice of state QBE funds, therefore

> makes one wonder why the GCPSS BoE filed its lawsuit in the first place. 'Thinking it through' says more 'commission' charter schools should benefit most everybody: (a) GCPSS gets brownie points for political correctness and has fewer students to 'educate,' (b) Gwinnett parents have greater choice in what type of public school they send their kids to, (c) remaining GCPSS students get a fairer share of their host school's budget, (d) Gwinnett taxpayers keep more of their hard earned money by virtue of a smaller GCPSS budget, and (e) a smaller GCPSS budget means the BoC can jack-up the County's tax rate without increasing the County's overall tax rate for Gwinnett residents.

The only 'losers' -- if you want to use this term -- will be GCPSS bureaucrats. Won't need as many when the size of the County's non-charter public school system has been shrunk!

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