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Date Posted: 12:27:18 12/28/09 Mon
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Re: For those following this case
In reply to: Larry 's message, "For those following this case" on 16:00:09 12/21/09 Mon

What else would you expect from the Executive Director and President of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) other than an anti-parental choice article? (See
AJ/C 12/28/09 guest column entitled Leave charter schools to local boards for details) After all, remember who the GSBA represents.

Disregarding the superfluous technical mumbo-jumbo GSBA cites as justification, think through the "factors" that GSBA cites:

1. "Does the proposed charter meet all legal requirements regarding public schools?" What does "meet[ing] all legal requirements" have to do with PARENTS deciding upon the education THEY desire their kids to receive?

2. "Does the proposed charter school offer something unique that is not already offered in an existing public school and thus offer a real choice to parents?" YES -- absolutely YES! If this were not so, why would student enrollments be rising at independent schools and why would families be sacrificing in a downbeat economy to pay for a non-public school education for their kids?

3. "Does the unique offering focus on increasing student achievement, or does the goal of the charter school appear to be related to satisfying a particular segment of the community without advancing student achievement?" Again, isn't this a determination that individual PARENTS should be making rather than public school bureaucrats?

4. "Does the proposed charter include an appropriate funding and management plan that is likely to succeed short-term? Now this is a real ballsy question for the GSBA to ask when public schools are TAX SUPPORTED through mandatory assessments. And taxpayers -- whether they do or do not have school age kids and, if they do, don't send them to a public school -- KNOW what would happen if they DIDN'T pay such mandatory assessments.

5. "Will the creation of a charter school result in adverse financial or other consequences for the students remaining in the other schools of the district?" Another ballsy question by the GSBA. In essence, if parents are dissatisfied with the education their kid(s) is receiving in a non-charter public school, they should (a) accept at face value that their elected public school board members NEVER waste any school tax dollars therefore they desperately need EVERY school tax dollar they can get from the GABoE to continue providing whatever quality of education they currently are providing, and (b) appreciate that remaining students attending a same-system public school across town might experience some 'educational shortcomings' if they withdrew their kid(s).

Talk about self-serving! GSBA is trying to lay a 'guilt complex' on PARENTS who only want that education THEY deem best for their kid(s).

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