People everywhere are aggravated with Amendment 1. Those who are opposed are scared to lose their status quo way of life. Those in favor of Amendment 1 are frustrated with the opinions being blasted as facts.
Those who aren’t as impassioned have made their minds up and are sick of hearing about it. The undecided are confused at the conflicting information they are receiving.
Two things are completely disgusting in this debate and center around the use of the children.
One is the constant reference to children as dollar signs. The children are more and deserve respect — they are our future. Education funding in Georgia is processed on a per pupil basis. The opposition doesn’t want you to look at it this way.
They claim the traditional school system will lose money if Amendment 1 is passed. State and federal money will follow the student wherever they go. It would be like Georgia Power demanding payment for your power bill even though your provider is Cobb EMC. Should Georgia Power be entitled to the funds when they aren’t providing the service?
It’s the same with the educational system. Districts shouldn’t feel entitled to the money for the children they aren’t educating.
If a district wants that money they need to become more appealing by meeting the needs of the students. The competition charter schools bring to the table strengthen the traditional public schools as Cherokee has experienced with STEM academies.
The idea of students as pawns in a legislative agenda is offensive. Politicians would be stupid to become involved in a “scheme” during a political year.
It’s been said that the politicians are trying to get their “agenda” in place. This would be plausible if this wasn’t a bipartisan issue. When Democrats and Republicans alike come together and support one bill, there must be some truth to it. Don’t you think?
It’s time to bring this focus back to the children — all the children. If this amendment doesn’t seem necessary in your corner of the world please take a moment and consider that your vote could change the life of a child who is zoned to a school that isn’t able to meet his or her needs and whose school board isn’t open to charter schools.
We currently have an appeals process for criminals; don’t our children deserve the same when it comes to their education?