Georgia schools are in danger of being taken over if Gov. Deal gets his way.
Gov. Deal and his politicians don’t want you to read the fine print about Amendment 1 because his so-called “Opportunity School District” is yet another political power grab that would hurt Georgia’s public school students and teachers.
The takeover would silence parents and communities who understand their children’s educational needs best. A takeover would allow a political appointee — loyal to Deal — to shut down schools, fire teachers and hand over schools to out-of-state, for-profit corporations.
The worst part? The political appointee is completely unaccountable to parents and teachers and his decisions cannot be overturned.
The takeover is another one of Deal’s deceptive education policies.
From the AJC: “The [deceptive ballot] language is all motherhood and apple pie, unicorns and rainbows,” said a member of the Cherokee County School Board. “It’s crazy what’s going on here.”
As governor, Deal has continually underfunded schools since taking office.Beyond slashing art and music programs, Deal has cut so much from the education budget that many schools can’t even afford to keep the doors open for a full school year. In fact, 20 percent of Georgia’s school districts are still furloughing teachers.
The school takeover and its deceptive language are opposed by Georgia parents, teachers, educational professionals, the Georgia PTA, the Georgia Association of Educators and numerous other pro-public education organizations who know the value of having community input and control in our schools.
These education leaders see through the deception and the politics.
From the AJC: “What communities should understand is this amounts to a state takeover of their local public schools,” said Sid Chapman, president of the Georgia Association of Educators.
If we want better schools, we have to fight to allow greater parent and teacher input. A school takeover would continue Deal’s failed education policies that have been shortchanging Georgia students and teachers for years.