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Bartow Commissioner: No to Charter School Amendment

Commissioner Clarence Brown signed a resolution opposing a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to approve local charter schools and their funding.

Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown took an official stance against a constitutional amendment voters will decide Nov. 6.

Brown approved a resolution opposing Amendment #1, which would restore the state's power to approve charter schools and their funding.

Do you support or oppose the amendment? Tell us why in the comment area below.

For county and city of Cartersville schools, the commissioner supports school-board level decisions on education and "opposes the State’s establishment of a separate system of state-authorized public Charter Schools that are funded through a funding formula that unilaterally takes critically needed funds from local public schools and re-directs them to the state-controlled Charter Schools," according to the resolution.

Brown told The Daily Tribune News the Bartow County Board of Education requested his support.

"The board of education asked me [if] I would join in with them, and when I investigated what was going on I was glad to join in with them. I’m proud to stand by their side," he said, according to the newspaper.

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MP October 09, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Can you please expand a bit on your thoughts on "intentional deprivation..." Still not following WHY you think this.
Paul Nally October 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
See MP - there I go. HB 1162 is supposed to be HR. The “intentional deprivation” is simply a reference to those things which would be included in these schools such as instructions in skills and techniques of reasoning in higher maths, exposure to lab equipment and training in its use, instructors with higher degrees and/or years of experience in their field instead of brand new teachers right out of college, and all those things which, of necessity, must accompany a “higher education” institution which would not be necessary in a learning environment devoted to raising a child to an acceptable level of ignorance (in which, of course, our present system has excelled) so they can be ready for menial work. I hope this helps explain the "deprivations" of those left behind and the inherant lack of an equal opportunity it would impose.
MP October 09, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Paul, I am REALLY trying to follow you. So are you basically saying that if every child can't attend a high performing charter, we should do nothing? That would be like saying if we can't feed every starving person in the world, we should just close down all of the food banks, soup kitchens, etc. You also need to consider that the traditional schools are a perfect fit for some kids. Every child in traditional schools isn't failing. And some have no desire to attend charter schools (hence chartering as a "choice.") We should provide a highly rigorous learning opportunity for those who choose the charters (which, by the way, serve about 50% economically disadvantaged and minority students) and DEMAND that the school districts fix the issues that are causing failure in schools (namely, poor teacher morale, lack of resources, lack of effective leadership, etc.)
Paul Nally October 10, 2012 at 04:34 AM
No, no, MP, I’m not saying do nothing. We already have more “schools” that Carter’s had Little Liver Pills (if you’re old enough to remember those) and some of those are Charter schools. Go look at my answer to your post at http://cartersville.patch.com/articles/letter-d234415b#comments about how Cartersville High did it in ’59-’63. They subdivided a “traditional school” (one building) and allowed parents to choose which course of study they wanted their kids to have. Believe me, that College Prep course was no picnic, especially with chorus, band, art, Latin, and that course in Logic! But by the same token, I don’t remember any of my classmates who stayed the 4 years not getting a diploma in whichever of the 3 courses of study thay followed. The best part of it, in hindsight, was that every kid there got a GREAT basic education. Every one of us could write, spell, and cipher along with the few other things consistent with a particular course of study, and nobody seemed to care what course of study anybody else was taking. We all socializes and had a great time. The point is that if our parents wanted us challenged, we got challenged in whatever direction was chosen by our parents. Plus there was a way to switch to a more challenging scholastic path by the 11th grade, if memory serves.
Paul Nally October 10, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I'm going to have to stop writing late at night ... that's supposed to be the rare form "cypher". My fingers make a lier out of me about spelliing. :>)

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