If Gov. Deal is so proud of his school takeover plan, why won’t he tell us who’s backing it and who stands to benefit from it?
Why the secrecy?
Because as Daphne Hall, a retired teacher, makes clear in her Letter to the Decaturish Editor:
“The Opportunity School District is just another ‘opportunity’ to divert funds from public schools to private pockets.”
The AJC was able to uncover several of Deal’s school takeover donors, and not surprisingly, they’re big corporations hoping to earn the governor’s favor.
Large beer corporations and medical industry lobbyists — both of which stand to make millions if upcoming legislation breaks their way — are helping to underwrite Deal’s takeover push.
It’s the same type of pay-for-play politics that Deal has become infamous for.
But that barely scratches the surface. Through the “social welfare” organizations that he’s set up, Deal is raking in millions of dollars from special interests in order to push his political agenda — and we have no idea who most of his donors are.
The truth is that Gov. Deal doesn’t want transparency. The more that Georgians talk about Amendment 1, the more we learn that his plan would silence parents and hand over local control of our schools to out-of-state, for-profit corporations.
That’s why Deal is applauding the superintendents who have “kept their mouths shut even if they don’t agree with [his school takeover].”
It’s clear that superintendents have reasons to fear speaking out against Deal.
From the AJC: DeKalb County school board chairman Melvin Johnson said he personally disagrees with the constitutional amendment…. He didn’t want to elaborate, but the district would have much to lose by antagonizing Deal, since his pick for superintendent would have independent authority to select schools for takeover.
Deal is resorting to his usual political bullying tactics because he is aware that the true costs of the takeover are unacceptable.
The school takeover will slash $13 million for education statewide and $135,000 will be cut from struggling schools that have been chronically underfunded for years. This money will instead be used to fund a new level of bureaucracy.
Don’t be fooled by the governor who has slashed the education budget year-after-year while enriching himself and his cronies with taxpayer money. The school takeover amendment is not about our students’ education — it’s all about money.