At War With Charter Schools

This is not surprising.

A metro Atlanta issue has found its way to the back steps of area schoolhouses.

The Georgia School Boards Association has presented a resolution to school boards statewide for consideration that would show support for three school systems that are challenging the ability of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission to allocate educational funding to individual charter schools without the approval of the local school board.

“In response to several inquiries from the GSBA membership, a sample resolution supporting those boards in litigation was drafted and sent to each school board,” said Don Rooks, GSBA director of legislative services.

Local school boards don’t just dislike the funding issues involved. They don’t like charter schools because those schools present a challenge to the monopoly of government run schools.

23 comments

  1. griftdrift says:

    Its about who controls the education dollars and whether or not the creation of the commission violates the constitution. You would think a lawyer would understand that.

    And for the record, before the whining begins, I like charter schools and believe they are good middle ground between public schools and the rabid “choicers”.

    But they still have to be constitutional.

  2. B Balz says:

    By any measure compulsory parental involvement in the education process achieves positive outcomes. Charter schools require it, public schools encourage parental involvement.

    And there will be whining….

  3. Bucky Plyler says:

    Grift,

    I like charter schools, too.

    Are control of ed. dollars & the creation of a commission the only constitutional issues you have ?

    Are you referring to the Ga. Constitution , Fed, , or both?

    • griftdrift says:

      Both. And there are potential big C constitutional issues here. You could have a Brown vs Board violation. But specifically I was referring to the Georgia Constitutional issues of how education dollars are doled out.

      • Clone Of B. Plyler says:

        It seems reasonable on face value that local BOE’s have the power to control the existence of a charter within their districts. However, when a BOE turns a charter down, the law allows an appeal to this Charter School Commission if it can be proven that the students are from multi-jurisdictions.

        I think the legislature knew BOE’s would be provincial, that’s why you have this process.

        BOE’s need the competition.

  4. Mad Dog says:

    Transferring money from the many to the few … by a group not elected by the people … and by a group that the average person cannot join.

    A form of taxation without representation?

    That ought to start some trouble …

  5. Harry says:

    I would think our GOP-dominated Gwinnett school board (one of the litigants) would be more flexible in seeking effective, competitive solutions to our educational needs.

  6. ByteMe says:

    It’s interesting that Erick would somehow think that a state board would somehow be better suited to spending property taxes than a local board. “Big Government” Republican? Heh heh.

  7. knowthefacts says:

    HB881, the piece of legislation that created the Commission, most certainly stands up to any Big C or Little C tests.

    NO LOCAL MONEY is touched by the Commission or the State BOE, and sent to charter schools approved by the Commission. For each student enrolled in a Commission approved public charter school, the state merely withholds the amount that is equivalent to the local portion for that child. Period. No local money is touched.

    The money, as it should, follows the child. There is no “taxation without representation argument.” In fact, this is the ultimate in “taxation WITH representation,” because the tax paying parents of a student in a charter public school see their tax dollars going directly toward their child’s education.

    These lawsuits are about nothing but the districts (Gwinnett, Bulloch, Candler – which only has one student involved – and DeKalb) wanting to maintain control over parental school choice and parental tax dollars.

  8. Game Fan says:

    The corporatists who run the Republican Party today thought they could “starve the beast” by outsourcing and privatizing everything (with the taxpayer still on the hook). But just look at the spending. Others might call this government growth. And they’ve got a warm spot in their heart for charter schools too. That’s reason enough for some of us “sticks in the mud” to starve the corporatists. 🙂

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