Readers sound off on charter schools, SPLOST
October 25, 2012 12:00 AM | 1374 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of MDJOnline.com in reaction to recent MDJ stories.

Should Charter School Amendment pass? …

Local Parent — This amendment has the potential to take control of our schools away from the neighborhoods in which they exist and put them into the hands of corporations. Franchised fast food is bad enough. Let’s not turn our children’s education into the same slimy mush.

Charter Student Mom — I live in a great Cobb school district. Yet I CHOSE charter because it is/was a better fit for my children. It saddens me to read uninformed people misrepresenting charters. It makes me furious as a parent to have Alison Bartlett and her fellow school board members tell me they know better what is best for my children.

Travesty — Yep, it sure is dirty politics, and sad that the kids and teachers in Cobb have to put up with it at its worst. Please voters, vote the candidate, do your homework, it shouldn’t be about who spends the most to get elected, or has the most signs.

Devlin Adams — Since it is “absolutely” the education of OUR children, “absolutely” our school district and “absolutely“ our money, give me one good reason we should not have “absolute” control.

VOTE YES — Because the parents of public school children are more likely to know what is best. Most public school boards today are comprised of politicians out of touch with the needs.

CobbEducator — If the amendment passes, the union strategy of fielding phony “Republicans” in local school board races to doom all charter school applications will ultimately prove less fruitful.

Anonymous — Charter schools should reflect the local area demographic, yet they frequently fail to do so. Charter schools in rural Georgia are more segregated than their local community populations. Amendment 1 is a bad choice. Vote NO!

A Parent — Thousands of parents of charter school students have witnessed first hand what a positive impact their charter school has made upon their child.

Cobb Parent — I simply cannot understand why taxpayers would choose to deliver their hard-earned tax dollars into the hands of private entities. Taxpayers will have less oversight on their taxes and they will be looking at cronyism — politicians will deliver the dollars into the hands of their buddies just as they do with defense contracts, transportation contracts, etc. I also fear that ultimately this will hurt those that are least advantaged and help those with more advantage. After all, aren’t they the ones pushing for this the most?

Facilities/Technology chair calls for SPLOST audit …

Concerned Taxpayer — How did Lassiter get a new theater that was NOT on the SPLOST III Notebook — and — is over budget? Who made the decision? Sounds like a forensic audit is needed, as long as someone is held accountable. Until the CCBE shows they are responsible for taxpayer dollars, I will be voting NO on SPLOST IV.

Once Again — Why won’t anyone consider making the new rebuild of Osborne High School also the new Career Academy thus saving THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS?

Fed Up Taxpayer — Amen! The CCSB must learn to be fiscally responsible with our money. Astroturf on practice fields? Building a 9th Grade center at Harrison that will only be 65 percent occupied? Building a massive “theater” at Lassiter that does not even have curtains? Asking for $60 million dollars for career academies when there is no plan on staffing and transportation?

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