Screw the kids. We want our money.

That’s what it boils down to.

Atlanta Public Schools on Monday became the fifth district to sue the state over the local control of public education and the dollars allocated for students.

It joins Gwinnett, Bulloch, Candler and DeKalb schools in challenging the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, the state’s newest public charter schools authorizer. The commission has been accused of illegally funding charter schools with state money meant for other students. Commission charter schools receive a matching share of local funds carved from the state allocations of the districts its students leave behind.

The school districts want what they think of as their money — never mind that it should be going to educate kids. In most cases, it is devoured by a voracious school bureaucracy; the same bureaucracy charter schools were intended to undercut and stamp out.


  1. John Konop says:


    The whole system is a mess. Kathy Cox and the federal government crams down unfunded mandates to counties which have only resulted in higher drop our rates, out of control cheating on test for cash, big profits for the school industry at tax payers’ expense, a failed one size fit all education system ……..

    Now we have local school boards with very little control via the state striping away their power to do much of anything. The constitution does not guarantee success it was designed to let local communities deal with the issue.

    The work around system supported by both sides has only resulted in failed policy like No Child Left Behind.

    Why not let local communities have control and let them succeed or fail based on merit of their ideas? And if they fail they will be voted out of office.

  2. Wait. So it is a better idea to replace a voracious school system bureaucracy with a horde of smaller school bureaucracies reporting to a statewide commission?

    Most wasted money in a school system goes to contractors and educational supply vendors – private entities. Sometimes the waste comes from corruption, other times the waste comes from incompetence.

    Most wasted money from school system employees comes from inefficiencies created by attempting to follow state mandates.

    Both of these problems can be corrected by a small injection of competence at the state and local levels.

    These problems are not corrected by contracting out your education system.

  3. Harry says:

    Does a court knock-down mean another trip to the legislature? All I know is, we in Gwinnett could use charter schools. The one-size-fits-all monopoly isn’t getting the job done.

  4. Dickson says:

    Don’t tell anybody, but I bet they won’t touch Drew Charter School in East Lake. I have volunteered many hours there as a reader to the younger grades. A marvelous place, and a tribute to what education can be with attention from families, teachers, the community and students.

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