State Board Of Education Asked To Investigate Barge, Davis, Avossa For Using Taxpayer Funds For Political Advocacy.

This morning I posted a link to the Early County schools website where they were clearly using taxpayers funds to advocate against the proposed charter school amendment. I also asked readers to forward information to me about other such abuses of taxpayer funds.

Moments ago I was forwarded this letter, sent to the State Board of Education today calling on the State BoE to launch an investigation into State School Superintendent John Barge, Fulton School Superintendent Robert Avossa, and Atlanta School Superintendent Erroll Davis. The letter demands “that they and all
local School boards cease their unlawful political activities while using taxpayers’ resources to advocate against the charter school amendment (the “Amendment”).”

The letter goes on:

We believe Mr. Barge is coordinating a public relations and advocacy campaign against the Amendment in clear Violation of the Georgia Constitution, Georgia statutes and a long line of decisions by the Georgia Supreme Court. Many of those activities are outlined in the Letter, and are ongoing today. For instance, my clients have provided me with copies of an e-mail sent August 14, 2012, at 4:01 pm. from the e-mail address [email protected], with the Subject line:


The e-mail contained Mr. Barge’s press release and various attachments and we believe was sent to school boards, superintendents and teachers during regular business hours using the State Department of Education facilities.

The author of the letter goes on to spell out several times Barge has spoken publicly against the charter amendment allegedly in his official capacity.

The letter details taxpayer funds given by local Boards of Education to organizations actively opposed to the proposed charter amendment.

Additionally, We understand that local boards of education have appropriated, in 2011, the following amounts:
Georgia School Boards Assn. $9,381,200.35
Georgia State Superintendents Assn. – $165,884.81
Georgia Association of Educators – $833,987.99
Georgia Assn. of Educational Leaders $719,910.35
Professional Association of Educational Leaders – $14,882.70

Finally the letter calls on the State Board of Education to hold an emergency meeting to investigate these allegations and determine if State funds should be withheld from School Systems who are violating the law.

As Drudge would say, Developing….


  1. UpHere says:

    While you are at it, GAE and PAGE have been bombarding local school systems ON school time with anti-charter flyers.

  2. Howard Roark says:

    GAE and PAGE are not state funded. I am a PAGE member and have not received any communication concerning the CA.

    • UpHere says:

      I am well aware they are not state funded. But, PAGE and GAE are going into public schools during school time distributing.

      I am getting emails forwarded from PAGE and I have a fancy full-color ad.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      +1. They haven’t lost their right to speak their minds once elected, right?

      Typical hack job by the campaign guys working to pass the Amendment. Would rather hack apart a Republican Statewide Official than focus on the facts before them.

      • Calypso says:

        To be fair, I don’t think Buzz is on the public clock when the legislature is not in session. That is, unless he’s claiming mileage/per diem when he’s out and about extolling the virtues of the amendment, and I wouldn’t think that’s happening either.

  3. John Konop says:

    I am confused, the above groups are associations are they not self funded by members? Why would you punish our kids in school, by withholding money? In all due respect what am I missing? I am not sure what the laws are, but punishing students over an adult debate seems rather bizarre.

  4. CCFRG says:

    Should we also sue the politicians in their official capacity that advocate for its passage?

    This is frivolous and not news.

  5. xdog says:

    I’m waiting to learn the names of ‘individual taxpayers who have engaged’ Mr. Delk, although clearly they are not part of the 47 percent.

  6. Rep Bruce says:

    Are you saying that these individuals do not have the right/responsibility to protect the institutions they are responsible for. The Gov., legislators, all get public funds and we advocate all day.

    • Harry says:

      Sure elected officials should advocate, but not with public funds. On a related note, what does the Georgia School Boards Association do with all the $9,381,200.35 of taxpayer funds appropriated to them by local school boards? That’s a lot of money.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    It is funny how some of you are upset at this but did not say one word when the Regional Commissions, CIDs and some Chamber of Commerces used tax-payer money to advocate on behalf of T-SPLOST. They called it educating voters but they were advocating on its behalf. You had elected officials using state cars/resources/security traveling around the state advocating on behalf of T-SPLOST. Not one word from any of you and yes we did raise hell about it and made it very well known..

    What gives with the inconsistency?

    Do you think it is ok if you agree with the position?

    • Calypso says:

      @ Debbie

      Of course they think it’s ok if they agree with the position. Why else is Buzz on his high-horse about those against the amendment yet gives a pass to the governor when utilizing state resources to advocate its passage?

      Buzz, you picked a poor method to attack those with a view contrary to yours, though I realize you’re just carrying the water for the big boys as the designated PeachPundit PR guy.

      • Charlie says:

        Actually, Buzz is the assistant editor of this site, and despite my regular posting, I’ve been mostly tied up with day job activities the past three weeks. This is “the” issue for Georgia for the November ballot. As such, it’s going to get a heavy proportion of our coverage, and Buzz has been the central point for our coverage. He also emailed me yesterday about finding sources from the opposition to find more balance, so while he is very much for the amendment (as am I), we are watching our own posts to try to find some sense of balance, or at least strike some sense of the ever elusive “fairness”.

        • John Konop says:

          In all due respect this part I find bizarre about this debate. First John Barge has done a great job cleaning up after Kathy Cox via the math 123 fiasco and getting waivers to help bring back vocational based education from the failed No Child Left Behind 4 year prep college requirements or you are out. Second, the biggest part of the increase in spending is from the NCLB requirements which blew up adminstrative cost via the teach to the test requirements and students repeating classes from the crazy curriculum like math 123. Third since 1960 in America we have tripled the amount of students on a percentage entering 4 year colleges, which is very high based on a bell curve on aptitude. Finally the biggest issue we are falling behind is the lack vocational training to fill the 4 million job openings.

          I do believe we have areas that need charter schools. But without the proper controls this will be another NCLB, that put money in politicians and private business while the rest got left behind. And even if people disagree with John Barge on this issue, why would people smear him when by any measure, relative to what he inherited he is doing a great job? Irronically many in the same group that supported NCLB that made the problem worse would rather focus on the charter issue over fixing their prior mistakes.

          • Trey A. says:

            I second John Konop. I am 100 percent against this amendment. And, less than two weeks ago, APS’s board approved a charter application for a new elementary school in my neighborhood. I am thrilled at the possibility of having a choice when my youngun starts kindergarten in a few years. And I am glad that it took Westside Atlanta charter two tries to get approval and I am glad that three other charter proposals were sent back to the drawing board at the same meeting.

            If this amendment passes, those other three will go directly to the new state board and will be asked to meet a different (likely lower) standard to be thrust upon a school system, community and county that does not want them.

            I’m still waiting on the explanation as to why a pro-local control, good-government conservative would even think about voting for this mess.

            • ryanhawk says:

              You are missing quite a bit Trey. The main thing you and Mr. Bookman are missing is that many local school boards will not approve quality charter schools. I’m glad your neighborhood has a new charter school. Many neighborhoods do not, and the vast majority of local school boards in Georgia have not approved a charter school. Many are overtly hostile to the idea.

              In states where charters must be approved by the local BOE, very few charters are approved. The states’ ability to authorize charters is a meaningful check and balance on local monopoly.

              The state also has a constitutional obligation to provide an adequate education to every citizen, and when local governments fail in this regard the state has an obligation to step in. How many local school districts in Georgia do you believe are now providing an adequate education to every citizen?

              • Three Jack says:

                ryanhawk, using your premise, should the state also have the ability to decide local zoning issues if a NIMBY led county votes against most zoning requests? How much power do you believe the state should take from local governments?

        • Calypso says:

          Charlie, I understand where you are coming from. I am merely trying to show the hypocrisy of Buzz’s inane posting about those in opposition to the amendment wasting taxpayer money while the governor, and anyone else whose full-time job is footed by the taxpayers, gets a free pass.

          Argue for or against the passage of the amendment on its merits. Stop throwing out red-herrings.

          • bgsmallz says:

            Opponents are playing the ‘create a new bureaucracy’ and ‘waste taxpayers money’ card. Pointing out that the status quo is using tax payer dollars on political advocacy rather than educating our children seems to be a relevant counter-argument rather than a red herring.

            • bgsmallz says:

              One other note…is it sad that I’m actually hopeful DeKalb has spent money on this? It would almost be an improvement to illegally spend money on something related to education.

            • John Konop says:

              There are 3 camps in this issue. One side is Charter schools and limited rules controlled by the state, another side is no charter schools at all and a third side is that is if we do it let’s have proper controls. Ironically, I had conversation with anti charter people, and pro charter people on this topic, and trust me both sides are frustrated with my view on this issue. This issue reminds me of what is wrong with the political system. Both sides want to debate simple talking points over getting into the nuts and bolts of policy.

              We got into this mess with talking points over substance.

              No Child Left Behind: Talking point, accountability, policy one size fit all….. and result failure.

              Math 123:Talking point, all students must know Algebra 2 and statistics to get a job in the new global economy, policy overreach…..result failure

              Charter Schools: Talking point, choice and competition, policy blind eyed rules, result tax payers take it on the chin……

              All of the above had merit and in charter school many have been positive for the community. But giving the state and federal government a blank check with limited rules and top down policy usually ends up in disaster on a macro. This with us or against policy on both sides is not very smart.

              • Charlie says:

                John, for the love…

                Every eduation issue isn’t NCLB, and Kathy Cox left the state 2 years ago.

                You need a new prism to view education. You’ve worn out the old one.

                • John Konop says:

                  In all due respect you are wrong about NCLB. One of the cornerstone issue is the high stakes testing concept which starts in elementary school. The top education countries in the world do not do high stakes testing at as early as an age and as frequent. This has pushed memory of facts over concepts…….My point about Kathy Cox is two fold. One John Barge is clearly doing a better job so why are people smearing him especially in his own party? Two that policy is not about talking points, it is about implementation. We have failed by focusing on talking points over implementation.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      Where’s your lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of regional state taxation, Debbie?

      We’re looking for consistency, here. Not doubletalk!

      • rrrrr says:

        Could it be resting calmly by the fireplace waiting to see if the folks at the DOME quietly and effectively rescind or defang the whole package in the spring?

    • Debbie,

      Someone has filed a formal complaint. I don’t recall anyone filing a formal complaint related to your TSPLOST allegations. There was plenty of anti-TSPLOST coverage here at Peach Pundit including coverage of problems with some pro-TSPLOST groups disclosure reports.

      I hope you don’t think you and the TEA Parties are not being treated well by the staff and management of Peach Pundit.

      • ryanhawk says:

        And what gives with Debbie’s inconsitency? Why isn’t she joining with and supporting the taxpayers who are blowing the whistle on this abuse of taxpayer resources rather than complaining about it?

        • Calypso says:

          Are you referring to the abuse of taxpayer resources by the governor, or by those with whom you have a difference of opinion?

          It’s taxpayer abuse when the other guys do it, but it’s fine and dandy when your guy does it.

          Gotcha, I know where you stand on the issue.

  8. benevolus says:

    Legislators used public money to craft the law but executive branch officials can’t use public money to oppose it?

  9. Flowers says:

    Ah, I can see it’s a charter schools kind of day. I wrote about this very letter this morning. My opinion is “The Corleone Effect” and it’s posted to the Brookhaven Patch.

  10. Three Jack says:

    From Jay Bookman on the charter amendment —

    “It is something else entirely to claim that creation of a new centralized state charter commission — a commission that is appointed, not elected, that has the capacity to spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars, and that is not answerable to voters — somehow moves power closer to the people. It does exactly the opposite.”

    Bookman does a good job of getting past all the talking points and summarizing exactly what will happen if this amendment passes. It is difficult to understand why any fiscal conservative would be in favor of creating yet another state agency reprensented by unelected appointees with a multi-million dollar budget that usurps authority from local school boards. Seems it stems from the ongoing battle in Cherokee County where a charter school was denied multiple times by the local school board only to find it had friends in higher places willing to approve the charter (Rogers, Deal).

    Bookman concludes, “On the other hand, if the amendment passes, what will exist is a small, politically influential group of people with the power to recast public education in this state without oversight and independent of the usual checks and balances. And those who are going through all this trouble to seek that power clearly intend to use it.”

    Un-elected, unaccountable, politically charged committees have seldom if ever worked in Georgia or any other state. You are enabling corruption on the state level that will eventually require another bureaucracy to oversee this bureaucracy. As I have stated before, stop with the incremental stuff and get about real reform that could include a state authorized charter system along with other form of educational delivery systems.

      • xdog says:

        Maybe you’re not missing anything.

        Bookman wrote: “. . . could it be that by feigning concern for poor children and their parents, well-connected, largely affluent parents also open the door to creating quasi-private schools for their own children, using taxpayer money diverted from the public school system?”

        I suggested something like that the other day, and I’m convinced it’s the real reason gopers seem to be in lockstep on this issue–keep the mostly white mostly suburban base content by subsidizing their kids’ college prep schools.

        • Charlie says:

          Except that’s not what it does at all. This isn’t vouchers. It isn’t a gateway to vouchers. It’s an alternative that allows choice within the public domain.

          I’ll get to Trey’s question eventually, probably in a column as what he’s asking is more than a paragraph or two. But to pretend that public charter schools are the same as taking money to private prep schools is a complete obfuscation of what the actual issue at hand is.

          • Calypso says:

            The reason I lean against the amendment is because contrary to the GOP leadership’s talking points about this bringing things closer to home and local control, it is, of course, just the opposite. It brings control to a newly-created state agency, whose members have many layers of insulation between them and actual local control and accountability.

            The local taxpayer/voter couldn’t change the make-up of this state agency any more than the man in the moon could. Local school board members, however, can be removed at the polls come next election.

            I’m leaning against the amendment mainly for that reason, even though I would love to see J. Alvin Wilbanks get smacked around for some reason or another.

            • ryanhawk says:

              Electing new school board members is not a serious strategy for reform. Let me spell it out for you in some detail.

              As a practical matter, incumbent school board members enjoy the same advantage as other elected incumbents and they are difficult to be rid of. Even if you manage to replace one school board member (or all of those up for election) you will not likely change the governing majority. It would usually take two election cycles in which incumbents were replaced with like minded people to change the governing majority.

              After two election cycles, if you are extraordinarily lucky, you might have a working majority. At that point you would confront two new realities. First, the only thing the school board can really do is hire a superintendent and attorney. And second, if you wish to maintain your good standing with the accreditation agencies, you must govern by consensus, and not by mere majority.

              Meanwhile, whatever it is that you wanted to change about your local school system — not everyone will agree with you. In fact, if it represents meaningful change, most will probably oppose you. So, now that you’ve finally got a working majority, your kindergartner will be midway through middle school, and your new enemies (the people who don’t like the change you represent) will pick off at least one of your board members at the next election and you’ll be back to where you started.

              Alternatively you could allow people who are really knowledgeable and passionate about education reform to roll up there sleeves and do something useful like charter a school….

          • Three Jack says:


            You state ‘it isn’t a gateway to vouchers’. Based on conversations I have had with folks involved in the pro-state approved charter amendment, it is exactly that; an incremental step toward school choice/vouchers. Nothing wrong with that as it is the norm in politics to take baby steps in adopting controversial measures. But why not go ahead and develop a comprehensive reform measure instead of wasting so much political capital on such a small part of the eventual solution?

            • alfie30328 says:

              This amendment, as most are in Georgia, appears to be a giveaway to special interests.

              Remember killing taxes on tree farmers and blueberry farmers? 96% of the money for the “yes” vote has come from out of state. Either people across the nation are very interested in Georgia schools or someone thinks they’re going to make big bucks from this.

              The latter is the obvious answer.

            • ryanhawk says:

              I wish you were correct about the views of charter advocates, but you are not. I am a charter/voucher/tax credit/more choice all of the above education reform advocate. While some charter advocates share this view, the majority do not. Michelle Rhee is the most prominent example of this phenomenon of limited support for vouchers among charter advocates.

          • xdog says:

            “to pretend that public charter schools are the same as taking money to private prep schools is a complete obfuscation of what the actual issue at hand is.”

            Nonsense. If charter schools are ‘better’, maybe approaching elite prep school status in some respects, and if the state is willing to pay for them directly, then what’s the difference? Call it something like Winner Prep so that parents get the prestige of sending their kids to private school without the inconvenience of paying quarterly fees and you have some happy voters.

            Pointing that out isn’t obfuscation, it’s asking directly, cui bono?

            • mpierce says:

              “If charter schools are ‘better’, maybe approaching elite prep school status in some respects, and if the state is willing to pay for them directly, then what’s the difference?”

              They don’t charge tuition.
              They don’t have admissions criteria.
              They have the same assessments as traditional public schools.

              • xdog says:

                “They don’t charge tuition.”

                That’s the point. Private school ABC Prep does, state charter XYZ Prep does not. Status on the cheap.

                “They don’t have admissions criteria.”

                I’m guessing you have to live nearby?

                “They have the same assessments as traditional public schools.”

                All that teach-to-test stuff, right?

    • alfie30328 says:

      A very good post Three Jack, my opinion is this is an educational version of the TSPLOST. I firmly believe we should reform our school systems and make them the best we can for all Georgians.

  11. alfie30328 says:

    I am against the amendment.

    Shouldn’t a government of conservatives be for less regulation, less government with no increases in taxation, so why will we be voting on an amendment to grow government bureaucracy and in the end increase taxation?

    In the aftermath of the TSPLOST debacle, please don’t tell me it is just for the children.

    • Harry says:

      But it IS just for the children, and the taxpayers. The current government schools status quo mostly isn’t working. Maybe they’ll clean up their act when some charter schools start competing with them.

    • ryanhawk says:

      Would you like to have kids stuck in the worst performing schools in either Albany or Atlanta with no public alternative? No caring person can answer that affirmatively, and it’s precisely why a state charter commission is necessary.

      This amendment will merely allow the state to continue authorizing high quality charter applications when local boards of education refuse to do so. It prevents local boards of education from blocking the creation of high quality charter schools when parents demand them and where they are most needed. Governance of the schools will be at the school level and in the hands of local parents who serve as directors of the school.

  12. Doug Deal says:

    Anyone who thinks School Boards do not need oversight and who think School Boards equal local control, I invite all of you to investigate the Bibb County school board. The schools are sewers and the board is corrupt because over half the county does not care about education.

    Local control is not some government panel, state or county, it is local residents, local parents getting together to open a school in the interests of their children’s education while the rest of the damn county is caught up in patronage and settling political grievance after political grievance.

    I wish all of you opposed to this had to experience Bibb County schools and your children too.

    Here is a primer to get you started.

    • John Konop says:


      In all due respect the state board put a charter school in Cherokee county which has very good schools. I truly get the concept that some places do need charter schools. But the state has not demonstrated that they will make better decisions on a macro and put in proper controls. That is why we first must agree on the proper controls, before we jump head first into this idea. Also, if the local voters do not like what the school board is doing they can vote people out.

      The biggest investment most people make over a life time is their home. And traditionally that has been the incentive for people to invest into good schools and or buy in places with good schools. Now you want to take away the rights of people who in many cases who invested into their home based on schools, and let some board decide outside of the community without real controls? Our constitution does not guarantee outcome only a voice. And that voice should be local as much as possible, and if the state and federal government steps in we need real controls.

      • Doug Deal says:

        It in no way does what you say. It is another avenue to override a bunch of low rent political hacks. it is freaking amazing how you guys have bought into the wholesomeness of local school boards when it was not too long ago you were railing against them for putting “evolution is a theory” stickers in biology textbooks and banning harry Potter.

          • alfie30328 says:

            Really, we don’t have a problem with my son in Ridgeview Middle School (Charter)…

            From what I see Fulton County is doing a good job with the charter schools. So why can’t we use the Fulton County model for the rest of the state?

  13. Obviously not many of you read the document I linked to. Obviously Dr. Barge and the others a right to their opinion. The problem comes when they use staff and State resources, equipment, etc… to advocate a political position. I don’t know if this complaint will go anywhere, but the allegations certianly need to be looked at.

    • debbie0040 says:

      Then I take it you have an issue with Gov. Deal using state resources to advocate on behalf on the Charter School amendment ? Haven’t heard you criticize him and others. Will a complaint be filed against him and others? Isn’t Rep. Lindsey, Sen. Rogers and other legislators using state resources to advocate on behalf of the Charter School Amendment?

      We are going to be pursuing the issue with the Regional Commissions, Chamber of Commerce (in particular Gwinnett) and CIDs advocating on behalf of T-SPLOST using tax-payer money. Just because we defeated T-SPLOST doesn’t mean we have forgotten what was done.

      My main issue with the Charter School amendment is that is creates a “shadow school board” that is not elected by the voters but appointed by elected officials.

      I have a question I would love an answer to. Will for profit corporations be allowed to open Charter Schools and will they receive tax-payer funding?

      • John Konop says:


        You hit it right on the nail! Also I want real disclosure on contracts, officeholders family working at the school, services provided to schools but officeholders, land ownership of the school by any officeholders, open school board meetings at a set time and day once a month after 7 pm verse during working hours, board members fiancial relationships of charter school with the private mangement company, bonding and or guarantees……….

          • John Konop says:

            Btw Buzz, the reason I added stipulation is from trying to get information about Cherokee Charter. Is it not strange that they have open board meeting with very little notice in the middle of the day? Should not the tax payers be able to see the the close to a million dollar a year contract with Charter USA.? Should not tax payers find out if any board members of the charter school ever did consulting work for Charter USA ie conflict of interest? In all due respect why should tax payers not have information like the above?

            • alfie30328 says:

              John Konop I agree 100%.

              I get somewhat antsy now a days when I hear about politicians thinking about doing something for the disadvantaged or the children or whatever. The reason is because some how I feel like I am opening my wallet and I am paying more not for true execution of the policy but lining someone’s pocket. I felt the same way over TSPLOST and I feel they same way about the Charter School Amendment.

              Considering I am paying at a higher tax rate than the Republican candidate for president as well as the incumbent president, I am mad.

      • Read the letter and read the law governing State employees and political activities.

        No Debbie, for profit corporations do not open charter schools. Charter schools can however contract with management companies. Public schools can as well and they hire consultants, contract with for profit corporations etc… all the time.

      • No Debbie, HR1162 does not create a “shadow school board.” It creates a charter school commission under the authority of the State Board of Education. BTW, the State Board of Education members are appointed not elected. Are they a “shadow school board?” Of course not.

        Debbie, you told me you didn’t know much about charter schools. I encourage you to learn about it but don’t just get one sided anti-charter, pro-status quo information. Heck, go visit Ivy Prep and talk to them. Call our friend BJ VanGundy. He was a member of the charter school commission before the Supreme Court threw it out.

      • ryanhawk says:

        What’s your problem with for profit corporations? The truth is that we need more involvement from the private sector not less. And we should be welcoming them not kicking them in the teeth. That aside much of the energy I see in the charter area is from not for profit community organizations.

      • ryanhawk says:

        @Debbie — What’s your problem with for profit corporations? We should be welcoming them with open arms rather than kicking them in the teeth. See the Joel Klein piece in the Atlantic I provided a link to for a great explanation of why.

        The unfortunate truth is that private equity isn’t much interested in getting involved in most Georgia school districts because they are not welcome and would be accused of racism and abusing children if they tried to implement proven programs. And the children do continue to suffer — as do we all as our education and economy are now on par with the likes of Greece and Portugal — because of this perverse ideological jihad against the very people who’ve done the most to improve well being in the world over the last several hundred years.

        • John Konop says:


          Debbie has been extremely consistent. I debated her on the T-Splost via transportation needs. And at the end she convinced me via FACTS that the bill did not have proper controls and smelled like crony capitalism and I voted against it. This charter bill is the same……….I still think we need infastructure ASAP, but she is right it has to done right, with proper protections for tax payers. I give Debbie credit for thinking through both issues, without clouding her opinion with what she wants. I have grown a lot of respect for Debbie over the last two issues!

          • alfie30328 says:

            Since the state is not exactly rolling in money, I am still wondering where the money will be coming to feed this new bureaucratic beast if the amendment passes? I guess the source(s) of money will be increased taxes or robbing the state BoE budget or maybe the Governor’s new football stadium in Atlanta.

            • Harry says:

              Would not the money be better spent on charter schools and other education reform initiatives, rather than a football stadium? Somehow we better be more concerned about our kids’ future, and not sitting in a monument to unnecessary ego.

    • Calypso says:

      And the governor has not used “staff and State resources, equipment, etc… to advocate a political position.”?

  14. Jane says:

    This is a good test issue that shows the difference between the school boards that are on the side of the GAE, an affiliate of the NEA, and those on the side of real education reform.

    • John Konop says:

      In all due respect the issue is not that simple. Many of us are in 3rd group that wants better controls and more disclosure. I would hope the other two sides can first agree on the above, before debating the viability.

    • debbie0040 says:

      Jane, it is a big mistake to try to portray this is a liberal vs. conservative issue. That is absolutely not true and I can promise that strategy won’t work. I know tea party activists that have sent out emails against the amendment and they are as conservative as they come..They are deeply concerned about the way things are set up ..

  15. debbie0040 says:

    Who appoints the State Board of Education members ?

    I am all for school choice but I am not sure this amendment is the right way things should be setup. I look at the big picture and will not vote for an amendment simply because it allows Charter Schools to be set up. I ignore emotion and look at facts and am still investigating the amendment. I am not going to be swayed by someone telling me to vote for it because it allows charter schools to be set up and ignore the other stuff..

    People I respect are coming out against the amendment now because of the way it things are set up. People I respect are supporting it as well.John Konop also sent me information some time ago that really led me to take a closer look..

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