A local middle school teacher spelled out problems with the charter school referendum: no local control over creation or operation of the charter schools it would authorize; money siphoned off from existing local schools; and charter schools actually perform worse than traditional public schools anyway.
Christie Davis, a teacher at Hahira Middle School, speaking at the Lowndes County Tea Party monthly meeting Thursday, pointed out it's not just the preamble to the referendum that's misleading. The actual wording of the referendum is also misleading:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?
It sounds very good that we should say yes. It's very misleading. And the reason why it's misleading is totally purposeful. It says something about local communities. We already have that right in our local community, our local boards, to go ahead and implement a charter school, if we see the need. However, they put it in there so that voters that don't really know what's going on think they're helping our local schools by voting yes. However, by voting yes, it will be funding a parallel state school system that we have no control over.
Here's the video:
A parallel state school system that we have no control over. —Christie Davis
Video by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange,
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 27 September 2012.
Thanks to Diane Cox, President, Lowndes County Tea Party, for the invitation.
She also got into the financial aspects: