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Date Posted: 17:47:29 01/04/10 Mon
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Re: On independent school systems
In reply to: Larry 's message, "On independent school systems" on 12:22:18 01/04/10 Mon

Appreciate your amplifying (per your more thorough definition) the state's right to create "independent" public schools.

If 'serving general student populations' is a decisive factor, then the Gwinnett BoE should NOT HAVE ENTERED into IE2 programs. Because doing so denotes that it WILLINGLY ACCEPTS that its participating schools -- which serve general student populations -- would be EXCUSED FROM COMPLYING with certain GABoE rules/requirements. And when some public schools (which serve general student populations) are officially excused from complying with GABoE rules/requirements that other public schools (which similarly serve general student populations) have to conform with, there should be NO question that an INDEPENDENT school system exists within the state public school network that serves general student populations.

Now apologists can say that hindsight is 20/20. True, but the Gwinnett BoE's epiphany that it's unconstitutional to create 'special' independent school systems didn't turn into a lawsuit UNTIL GCPSS began to lose state money! Before that time it was OK that special state chartered schools were loosely defined and served a general student population. Now the situation apparently has devolved into where it's OK for the GABoE to fund an independent school system that serves general student populations within a state-wide public school network that likewise serves general student populations; but it's unconstitutional for the Georgia Charter Schools Commission to fund a public charter school whose enrollment includes members of the general student population.

If the two parties do agree to a plea bargained settlement, it's an obvious sign of weakness on the part of one or both parties. But, hey, it could work out this way because neither side loses face, nothing really gets settled, it leaves room for future lawsuits and taxpayers end-up paying present and future bills.

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