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Date Posted: 17:52:52 11/29/09 Sun
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Re: I was unclear
In reply to: Larry 's message, "I was unclear" on 18:50:00 11/27/09 Fri

We've exchanged opinions re: the $5 Million issue in several previous posts. To summarize: you apparently believe that the Charter Commission is taking "calculated" QBE money that constitutionally belongs to GCPSS and giving it to a charter school. Whereas I believe that QBE funds are politically derived (versus "calculated") and are the property of the state to disperse to public systems to assist their students in meeting various state and/or federal government educational mandates. Let's agree the resolution of this issue will be determined by the Georgia courts.

With respect to the high cost of 'educating' special needs children: this is a KNOWN FACT and that's why I excluded them. (See the 1st bullet in my 11/25/09 post). I also may not have been as clear as I should have been when I used the generic word "handicapped."

You are correct that smaller Georgia non-charter public school systems probably would go belly-up if they had to absorb this cost in their annual budgets. I presume this is what Wilbanks was hinting at when he infamously referred to special needs students as a 'millstone around GCPSS's neck.'

As of March 2009, there were roughly 170 non-charter public school systems in Georgia. Six (6) Metro Atlanta Area systems had K-12 enrollments around 50,000 or more students; around 65 systems had K-12 enrollments less than 2,500 students; the rest had K-12 enrollments averaging around 5,000-7,500 students.
So what constitutes a 'small' non-charter public school system? And what do parents -- who reside in such 'small' school systems -- do with respect to 'educating' their special needs child(ren)? I very much doubt that smaller non-charter public school systems or the state simply wash their hands of financially assisting in the education of these special needs children. Therefore, I have to believe that charter schools legally do whatever smaller non-charter public school systems do. And if that involves contractually transferring all or part of the cost of educating special needs students to a biggie non-charter public school system(s) -- SO BE IT! By the way, I don't hear about any of the biggie non-charter public school systems rejecting such contracts. Why is that?

Lastly, taxpayers ALWAYS lose (pay for) 0the decisions of elected politicians and their appointees. Perhaps I again was unclear when I singled out non-charter public school bureaucrats as "losers." I intended to represent that some of these bureaucrats should "lose" their jobs as their school system's student enrollments decline!

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