Yarbrough wrong on charter schools
November 01, 2012 12:00 AM | 1317 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Dick Yarbrough’s recent column fails to accurately explain the concerns of Charter Amendment proponents about the future ability of the state school board to handle charter application appeals absent this constitutional amendment.

Contrary to his assertions, our concern does not merely rest on the well-reasoned dissent of Justice David Nahmias, who warned of the state’s future inability to consider charter application appeals as a result of the 2011 Gwinnett School Board v. Cox decision. It is the result of the explicit finding in the majority decision in that case which stated:

“[The Georgia Constitution] sets forth the sole delegation of authority in our Constitution regarding the establishment of general primary and secondary public schools. No other constitutional provision authorizes any other governmental entity to compete with or duplicate the efforts of local boards of education in establishing and maintaining general K–12 schools.”

While local school boards should have primary responsibility over our schools, no governmental entity should ever have exclusive monopolistic unfettered authority over any action — and especially not in the area of our children’s education. The Charter Amendment merely restores an appeal process and ensures all Georgia parents and students that they will be treated fairly.

Therefore, I ask voters to vote “Yes” on November 6 for this important step forward for education reform in Georgia.

State Rep. Edward Lindsey
Georgia House Majority Whip
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Cobb Taxpayer
November 01, 2012
Mr. Representative Lindsey - in Atlanta you can do as you please with "for profit school managment" for your schools, but in Cobb I am a strong advocate of "neighborhood" schools - None of your silly, off of topic spin, works for this hard-core conservative !
November 01, 2012
Dick Yarborough recognized the wolf in sheep's clothing. Let us hope the voters do as well. I wil be voting NO on amendment one.
Just Retired Educato
November 01, 2012
Dick Yarborough knows better, but he refuses to print the truth. He has aligned himself with all those who profit from our local school systems. If you don't think they are interested in profits, ask the Superintendents on down if they work for free.

Vote YES to allow parents to have public school options.
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