Charter school preamble biased like T-SPLOST?

T-SPLOST proponents are up to their old tricks again, starting with the preamble to the charter school referendum. And Bert “Little Goose” Brantley, formerly of Lowndes County, defends that wording.

Paul Crawley wrote for September 12 2012, Is Charter Schools Amendment wording biased?

Here we go again, apparently another ballot issue with questions about whether it’s worded fairly.

First, it was the July 31st transportation sales tax issue, known as T-SPLOST, which Georgia voters rejected overwhelmingly.

Opponents howled when they found out the ballot preamble wording promised to “create jobs” and “relieve traffic congestion”.

Now, opponents of a November ballot question are also crying foul.

They’re upset over the preamble wording for the Charter School Commission Amendment.

It reads, “Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options.”

How can the preamble say that?

Like T-SPLOST, it’s a hot issue that has non-partisan supporters and opponents.

Opponent Elizabeth Hooper told 11 Alive on Wednesday that she believes the Charter Schools Amendment preamble is also rigged to get “yes” votes.

“It’s absolutely biased,” she said, “Who wouldn’t be for improving student achievement?”

Hooper points out that the bill authorizing the amendment vote doesn’t mention either “improving student achievement” or “parental involvement”.

“To say that is going to happen is a lie,” she added.

Call in the Little Goose to goose it along!

Bert Brantley, spokesman for the pro amendment group Families for Better Public Schools, told 11 Alive News a recent study by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement proves they make a difference.

“I think it’s factual,” he said of the preamble wording.

“We’ve got proof that state charter schools perform better than the schools in the districts where those charters are located,” Brantley said.

“We know that parental involvement increases in charter schools because parents are on the board; they’re more involved,” he added.

Really? Where is this proof? His Families for Better Public Schools website is the same as that I already examined in Charter school bait and switch. If it’s got proof on there, it’s cleverly hidden among all the flashy graphics and attempts at emotional appeal.

That’s a wild goose chase anyway, whether charter schools are better or worse. That’s not what the referendum is about. It’s about authorizing an appointed state committee to force charter schools on local communities whose school boards don’t want them, and then using local sales and property taxes to pay more per student to charter schools than to public schools. No wonder it’s the same old T-SPLOST pushers now pushing this referendum! That referendum was about giving the state control over local sales taxes, and so is this one. It’s not really about charter schools; it’s not about education; it’s about letting an appointed state committee funnel local tax dollars to private companies.

Vote no on the charter school referendum in November.



7 thoughts on “Charter school preamble biased like T-SPLOST?

  1. Thomas Kirkpatrick

    It’s nice to know that folks are seeing through the thinly disguised ruse that is the charter school movement. Another case of publicize costs, privatize profits, plain and simple.

  2. Barbara Stratton

    Thanks for the on going good job of presenting the biased trickery being aimed at the citizens. We know the Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Community Affairs will be trying every angle to buy this vote. Here in Lowndes County we defeated CUEE and T-Splost in spite of the huge monetary contribution inequities and we can and must defeat the Charter School Amendment. Lets not let this critical issue get lost in the midst of the Presidential election focus. Have you heard of any sources for yard signs and other campaign materials since this is a state wide fight?

  3. Karen Noll

    Thank you again, John for a thorough analysis with facts and links. What gets me is that our representatives just sit around and vote down party lines. I do not think they read the bills or listen to their constitutents. AS a member of the education committee Amy Carter must know exactly what this amendment will do to the funding of public schools and she voted, yes, yes, yes. Sure, let the people vote to change the constitution and let bullies in Atlanta steal our kids’ education tax dallars. Leadership looks quite different folks. And she calls herself a sschool teacher. I call her a sell out. Glad I’m no longer in her district! I hear that Nubs is getting some signs and T-shirts together.

  4. stella clark

    I confronted Amy Carter about her “yes” vote to allow the amendment to be put on November’s ballot even though Dr. Smith asked her to vote “No” as per the LBOE decision. She hemmed and hawed and then said she wanted to allow the public the opportunity to vote for or against charter schools. She was looking out for the public interest. She obviously is a pawn for Gov. Deal.

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