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Welcome debate on charter schools amendment

Posted: October 28, 2012 - 12:02am

This editorial page has made it clear that we believe voters should reject Amendment 1, the charter schools question, which would allow state officials to grab control of public education from local communities and their elected leaders.

The issue might seem complicated. That’s why Craig Spinks, founder of Georgians for Educational Excellence, deserves praise for bringing both sides together to debate.

Advocates of both sides are to present their views in an hour-long session at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center. Prior to this debate, both sides have held various forums to present their views locally but they haven’t gone head to head.

We’re confident in calling for the amendment’s defeat and encourage those on the fence to educate themselves on the issue. That hasn’t been the case with amendment supporters; they’ve tried to silence the opposition.

The latest such attempt fizzled Thursday when a judge threw out a lawsuit filed against Gwinnett County school officials for speaking out against the amendment.

Promoters of the amendment must know their position is weak. Otherwise, why try to gag the opposition? Are they afraid fully informed voters will reject this amendment?

The good news is that both sides will have an opportunity to present their views Monday. They’re worth hearing – no matter which side you’re on.

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Riverman1

Less Government Control is Best

That tenet works at all levels. Those who vote FOR charter school restrictions would also vote against vouchers with their no vote. We have to take control of our socialist education system that has administrators drawing retirement salaries that you wouldn't believe. That's who is pushing this NO vote. Vote yes.

Barry Paschal

Less government control

If you believe less government control is best, then you must advocate voting "no" on this amendment, which specifically creates an additional layer of appointed government overseeing a segment of the public school system.

Those retirement pensions are entirely "believable," by the way, and are completely transparent. Any taxpayer can easily find out exactly what every public educator makes in salary of defined-benefits retirement. Good luck getting the same information from the private companies that want a cut of Georgia's public school funding.

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