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Your Views: Charter school decisions should stay at local level
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Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?”

As lifelong educators, we have sought insight and answers to the reason for this amendment. There appears to be much misinformation and debate regarding the need for, desire for and benefit of this amendment.

Georgia has a process that provides for local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities. Currently, there are more than 200 charter schools in the state. They can be a sound choice for parents deciding the provider of their children’s education. As is true with public and private schools, some demonstrate strong performance trends while others do not.

Amendment 1 is asking voters to allow the state to also have the ability to approve public charter schools. One must ask why this is being sought and whom will it benefit?

There is a great deal involved in the passing or failing of Amendment 1. We hope you will take a few minutes to learn its roots, its potential impact on local control vs. a state-appointed commission (and its accountability) if passed, the flow of your taxpayer dollars and the diversion of local school tax dollars to schools you have no choice in establishing.

This amendment and its controversy are becoming daily news. It is so difficult today to determine the truth and to know if we are being provided all of the pertinent information, unbiased, so that we can make sound and responsible decisions.

Our personal stance is in strong opposition to this amendment. Charter schools exist per community desire, choice and decision. Local school tax dollars should be provided to, and used by, local citizens and communities.

We do not believe it is necessary for a state-appointed commission to be established, created or funded to make decisions for local communities already being effectively and efficiently made by the local citizenry.

Alan and Gregg Zubay
Dawsonville

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