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Date Posted: 15:15:20 05/29/10 Sat
Author: Grizz
Subject: Re: And you thought . . .
In reply to: Donald F. Valtman 's message, "Re: And you thought . . ." on 23:24:31 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?

I stated my reasons and referenced pertinent sections of the law. I believe Judge Shoob ignored or overlooked one important factor, which I also believe is grounds to overturn her decision and that is the effect of the law. That effect, regardless of what the legislature "says" is to negate several sections of the state Constitution and sections of the OCGA.

>> 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.

I really don't care if only one district or all of them filed suit, nor should it matter to the court which must deal with the issue(s) presented.
>> 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.

Immaterial to the basis of the suit or the defense of it.

>> 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!

Actually, it's about $840,000, but who's counting. The point is that an appointed, not elected body, who in no way represent Gwinnett County and its voters, decided to TAKE that money from GCPS. According to Shoob's ruling, they could have taken any amount they wanted with no justification required. If you can square that with our Constitution and laws, more power to ya.

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!

Again, not an issue at law in this suit, therefore, immaterial.

>> 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!

We already have too many counties, too many school districts, therefore with too much overhead. And you want to add more? Sheesh! Gimme a break.

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