BOE for­mally op­poses char­ter schools

The Covington News - - The Second Front - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion passed a res­o­lu­tion Tues­day stat­ing that it “be­lieves that the Ge­or­gia Supreme Court ruled cor­rectly in declar­ing it un­con­sti­tu­tional for an ap­pointed state com­mis­sion to ap­prove char­ter schools over the ob­jec­tion of the duly elected lo­cal board of ed­u­ca­tion, which is ac­count­able to the tax­pay­ing pub­lic.”

Dis­trict 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeff Meadors was the only mem­ber to vote against the res­o­lu­tion, which also ad­dresses the $8.2 mil­lion in cuts for the 2011-2012 school year that were re­quired, the fund­ing chal­lenges ex­pe­ri­enced in the NCSS and the lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port for pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, in the res­o­lu­tion.

“The New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion be­lieves that a sys­tem of qual­ity of pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion is one of the es­sen­tial foun­da­tions of Amer­ica’s past, cur­rent and fu­ture great­ness,” the res­o­lu­tion reads.

“Be it re­solved: That the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion urges the Gover­nor and State Leg­is­la­tors to com­mit to ad­e­quately fund qual­ity fund qual­ity pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion for all K-12 students in New­ton County and throughout Ge­or­gia; to ac­knowl­edge the count­less, un­her­alded suc­cesses of pub­lic schools in the state; to cease ef­forts to erode lo­cal con­trol of pub­lic schools, and to en­cour­age the in­no­va­tion, flex­i­bil­ity, and ac­count­abil­ity that are nec­es­sary for Ge­or­gia’ pub­lic schools to con­tin­u­ously im­prove.”

In the res­o­lu­tion, the board re­quests that Ge­or­gia vot­ers op­pose the Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment rel­a­tive to the state ap­proval of char­ter schools.

Meadors ques­tioned if it was proper to re­quest that voter’s vote in a cer­tain way. When told the ver­biage was used reg­u­larly in res­o­lu­tions of this type, Meadors op­posed the res­o­lu­tion, which passed with ma­jor­ity vote.

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