We haven’t had a post for a while about Amendment 1, the charter school amendment, so here’s your chance to sound off.
The Savannah Tea Party has launched a radio ad in support of the amendment. I was forwarded a copy and am posting it for your listening pleasure.
Also, Herman Cain has announced his support for amendment 1. His press release is below the fold.
Finally, you might want to check out this Tumblr. It has tons of nifty charts showing how education dollars are spent here in Georgia. While it’s true there have been cuts recently, education spending has still risen dramatically over time.
For Immediate Release
October 18, 2012
(ATLANTA) Former GOP Presidential candidate, radio talk show host and corporate CEO Herman Cain today announced his support of Amendment One – the Georgia charter schools amendment on the state ballot Nov. 6.
Cain, who as part of his Presidential campaign supported the creation of as many public charter schools as possible, said the amendment would help put “kids first” and create more competition for school districts that don’t want children to have educational options.
“I’m sorry but Georgia’s professional education establishment just isn’t cutting it for a lot of kids, so we need to give parents and children as many choices as possible,” said Cain. “Charter schools are a great option for families who want another public school choice.”
Cain said he supported the charter amendment because local school boards continue to resist the creation of charter schools to give enough families options.
I’m a businessman and I know, when you have a monopoly, you aren’t comfortable letting competition into your neighborhood,” said Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. “That’s exactly what these superintendents, school boards and others are doing in resisting this amendment. They are putting their own interests before what’s best for children.”
The charter amendment would allow the creation of a state commission to create more public charter schools, something parents and others have said are sorely needed in a state where so many school boards resist the creation of charter schools.
Charter schools are public schools that are often started and run by parents or community groups that are free from many of the bureaucratic regulations found in traditional public schools. In exchange for a “charter” or contract, those who start the school must meet certain performance standards.
“Charter schools are the best of what you see in the private sector,” said Cain. “They must provide a quality product or they are closed. However, that’s not happening with traditional public schools. No wonder the education establishment doesn’t want more charter schools. It creates a stark contrast.”
For More Information:
Kathy Hoekstra, Director of Media Relations