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Next Emory Lavista Parent Council Meeting to Tackle Charter Schools

The Wednesday, Oct. 17 meeting will be held at the International Community School in Medlock.

The Emory Lavista Parent Council will tackle the subject of charter schools next week when it brings its traveling group to Medlock's new charter school, the International Community School.

The session, titled "The Georgia Charter School Ammendment: The Devil is in the Details," will include state Rep. Scott Holcomb giving an overview of why the state ammendment is up for a vote Nov. 4. It will also include Mark Peevy, former executive director of the Georgia Charter School Commission and Margaret Ciccarelli, legislative services manager and an attorney with the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.

The meeting begins at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the school, 2418 Wood Trail Lane, Decatur.

Tom Doolittle October 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM
From Dunwoody Crier--blogger "Alpharetta Mom" http://www.thecrier.net/our_columnists/article_5bd46dc2-121d-11e2-a5cb-001a4bcf887a.html "A couple of concerns - we currently have a law in Georgia which affords an appeals process to petitioners who have been denied a charter by a local board. Why isn't this adequate? The enabling legislation, HB 797, allows charter petitioners the option to declare a state-wide attendance zone and submit directly to the 7 member appointed commission. You may not feel that you have a voice with your locally elected school board ( maybe you are on the school board?) but I can guarantee that you will not have a voice with the Charter Commission. Why is this a beter option. What does the 7 member commission know about the hundreds of communities around Georgia? How are they supposed to determine if the petitioner is actually filling a gap in the local community? What recourse does any taxpayer have if a petitioner wants to compete with a school that is not failing? How many "competing schools" can our taxes subsidize? There is nothing in HB 797 which specifies where state schools can be set up. What is the budget for state charter schools 5 - 10 years down the road? Where is the money coming from? Who will monitor the schools? None of these questions have been answered in the legislation or by our legislators or governor. I don't like writing blank checks. The devil is in LACK of details in the case of Amendment 1. I will be voting NO."

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