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Trouble for local school boards?

Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:00 am

If educating young minds is going to be a political game, let it be played fairly.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said Thursday he is looking into whether or not local school boards violated state law when approving resolutions in opposition to the Nov. 6 ballot initiative related to charter schools. And what Olens determines to be legal will have an impact here, as both Walton County school systems passed resolutions opposing what is seen as supplanting local control of education.

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  • Majorluv posted at 5:43 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    Majorluv Posts: 55

    @MP and the Writer

    It is true that this has been overly politicized. Unfortunately it's the teachers advocacy groups that have ruined it for everyone. As local municipalities had the option to allow Charter Schools in their region. By denying them, and out right lying to its constituency about Charter Schools they have done themselves and the children a disservice. They fear competing for tax dollars. So the state decided to step in. If the local school boards and Counties won't allow Charter Schools, than by God the State will and should be allowed to make the call!! Our children are failing because our bloated school systems fail to work for them, instead of their own authoritative powers.

  • '77 Hurricane posted at 4:38 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    '77 Hurricane Posts: 589

    If you believe that politics has no place in our schools, then you would be screaming for Gary Hobbs to be fired.

  • Ivy Parent posted at 1:38 pm on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    Ivy Parent Posts: 2


    So true! I have talked to teachers that say these educator groups came to their staff meetings and warned them if the Amendment passes they will lose jobs, get more furlough days, etc. They are WAY out of line.

  • MP posted at 10:56 am on Sun, Oct 7, 2012.

    MP Posts: 1

    Mr. Schwartz,

    Thanks for the post. The issue that this has created is that it's not just a small violation of the law - their subversive actions (in collusion with the Georgia School Boards Association, the Superintendents' Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia PTA, etc.) could actually impact the outcome of a state election. These school districts have openly attempted to sway voters by publishing erroneous information for the public and using their positions of authority for credibility. I believe this is worth a lot more than just a slap in the wrist, particularly for those districts who openly defined Sam Olens AFTER he issued the statement.

    The ironic thing is that the districts have been screaming that the state is trying to take away local control, and yet, by not presenting to the public accurate information and remaining neutral, the school boards are influencing the actual will of the people and thereby taking away true local control at the ballot box.

    Who knows which side would have actually won in November if the school boards had've shown some integrity. What this has done is cast a light on the mafia-like behavior of our district officials and exactly why charters cannot seem to get authorized. Somebody needs to hold these folks accountable. With a 67.4% graduation rate in Georgia, they aren't being held accountable for achievement, so let's at least hold them accountable for exercising their fiduciary responsibilities and following the law.