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Date Posted: 14:36:02 06/22/10 Tue
Author: Donald F. Valtman
Subject: Too big to fail - Part 4:

The PLUSES of breaking-down GCPSS from one (1) mega-sized 157,000 K-12 student (non-charter) public school district into four (4) individual 35,000-40,000 K-12 student (non-charter) public school districts are spelled out in the Part 2 post. So HOW can Gwinnett voters go about doing so?

+ CONTACT your Gwinnett County state senator and representative. Only VOTE for those than understand and support the concept of smaller GCPSS districts. If the Georgia Legislature can carve cities out of counties, they surely can downsize a too-big-to-fail County public school district! Also, this concept WOULDN'T reduce the number of teachers -- instead it would reduce bureaucrats and non-instructional costs.

+ Concurrently ELIMINATE the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Someone needs to explain what vital tasks the BoE performs that a district Superintendent or district voters couldn't perform. As a side, it's a virtual certainty that neither a district Superintendent nor district voters would have authorized the use of local school tax dollars to build a 'bomb shelter' for district bureaucrats or pay lawyers to sue the state for creating charter schools!

+ COMBINE current duplicative, self-serving, in-house tasks (such as audit, enrollment forecasting, bus transportation, construction, legal, land acquisition, purchasing & stores, security, etc.). These activities and associated personnel already exist in most cities/counties. Someone needs to explain why one purchasing department -- regardless of where it's located -- can't order and/or solicit bids for pencils as well as lawn mowers. It's possible that a combined function may need more rank-n-file employees, however, it sure shouldn't need more directors, assistant directors and supervisors! Ditto for all the other activities mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph.

+ EQUALIZE the voting status of minority district groups by implementing a cumulative voting system. The courts have declared a cumulative voting system to be legal and it already has been used in Alabama, Illinois, New York, South Dakota and Texas to enfranchise minority groups. In that public school systems are majority supported by local school taxpayers, the 'target minority' would be that group of parents whose children attend GCPSS and whose per-pupil school tax is the greatest in relation to the cost of the standard academic education provided all local public school district students. Restated; the highest contributing parents would be entitled to more votes than lower contributing parents or parents who essentially pay nothing in exchange for their children receiving a public school academic education.

+ Lastly, ELIMINATE Gwinnett County/GCPSS appointing the same old individuals to various Task Forces, Committees, etc., who intended purpose is to revampt/improve GCPSS operations.

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