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Date Posted: 23:24:31 05/21/10 Fri
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Re: And you thought . . .
In reply to: Grizz 's message, "Re: And you thought . . ." on 11:04:49 05/21/10 Fri

Get real! Do you honestly believe that YOUR interpretation of the language in Georgia's Constitution and/or the laws made by Georgia's General Assembly trumps a Judge's ruling? And -- because you interpret Georgia school law as you do -- do you honestly believe every elected/appointed Georgia Attorney General, judge, county DA, etc., is supposed to see things exactly the same? There's no such 'thing' as a universally accepted interpretation of every law on the books and maybe Judge Wendy Shoob considered other 'things' in arriving at her ruling, such as:

> There's some 150+/- public school districts in Georgia. Yet only 7 districts (around 4.5%) participated in the original lawsuit. And so far, only 2 districts (around 1.3%) have formally signed-up to appeal Judge Shoob's ruling.

> At minimum, charter schools (1) offer parental choice, (2) provide an academic education comparable to public schools, (3) do so at a lower cost per student, and (4) save tax money for state and local school taxpayers.

> Any intimation that Judge Shoob's decision costs GCPSS 'nearly one million dollars which has to be made up with local tax money' is PURE BUNK! When GCPSS -- with an approximate $2 BILLION operating budget -- spends local taxpayer funds to hire lawyers to preserve peanuts, it SHOULDN'T be voluntarily forfeiting $20 MILLION in local school property taxes betting on-the-come, or esentially admitting to having MULTI-MILLIONS in 'fat' in past annual operating budgets (as attested to by the BoE's capability to reduce non-instructional costs by 7.5% in its 2010-11 school year budget without -- as it contends -- negatively affecting the quality of academic education provided its remaining K-12 students). When you're wasting big-time school taxpayer money, you shouldn't cry crocodile tears about losing peanut state money!

> Maybe the concept of 'too big to fail' applies to GCPSS. Instead of Gwinnett County having one public school district with 155,000 K-12 students, maybe Gwinnett County should have multiple school districts each with 25,000-30,000 K-12 students to foster increased parent/voter involvement!

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