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:
STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JOHN BARGE ON THE
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS
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….