Cherokee readers sound off on charter school showdown
October 10, 2012 12:47 AM | 1290 views | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a selection of the responses from readers of CherokeeTribune.com in reaction to recent Tribune stories.

In response to School board defends opposition…

rch916 — Where’s the outrage about our state government over-ruling the local school board, and using taxpayer money to goes into private pockets? 

M.P. — First of all, the language in the resolution is even more influential than most of the resolutions around the state, as it purposely challenges voters to vote no. Secondly, state funds were used in passing the resolution. Cherokee County Board members are paid for their service. District officials are paid and used time and resource to draft the resolution, publish it on the website, e-board, and to send it out to staff and community members. The board uses the district office for meetings, and tax dollars paid for the building and utilities. Cherokee board members clearly violated the law and set out to purposely and subversively influence the public using their authority and their “reach” into the community. This is just a prime example of the brick wall charters hit with the education establishment — if the board and staff are willingly to flagrantly violate the law and their fiduciary duties with a general election (and usurp the actual local control and will of the people that a general election provides), why wouldn’t they stonewall a little charter group trying to open a school? 

In response to PTA to conduct summit about charters…

Kids First — How can this be ‘informative’ if only one side is speaking? Only one side that says in this article that they will be talking about why everyone should vote no. It seems if you want informed voters both sides should be invited to present.

Rae Anne — Exactly. They operate like the mafia. 

No it’s not — This is not what the AG was talking about...he ruled that school boards as a whole can not campaign for or against the issue. PTAs are 501 (3)(c) organizations and as such can not endorse a political party or campaign but are permitted to campaign and use funds on an issue. Any organization that uses the school facility can say what they want if it is in the confines of their meeting. That is why churches can meet at schools...that is why PTAs can hold a forum for one side or the other. My questions is what can charter schools do? They have had children write letters in support of HR 1162, taken field trips to the Capitol to rally (during a school day) and the school in Cherokee held a reception when Deal was there signing HB 797. 

Kara Martin — This is exactly what the AG was referring to as illegal tactics used by the school, PTA, local boards, etc. You can not tell the public to vote yes or no while on school property and while using email contacts from the school system. Breaking the law does not seem to be a concern of the PTA. 

In response to Charter school group to honor two…

Idiots.... — So they’re giving taxpayers a choice as to where their tax dollars go? Unbelievable...Surely, it’s better to be told where your hard-earned money should go than to have a say in it. 

Senior Voter — So Chip Rogers and Mrs. Marlow are being honored for the 1 percent of students they are bending over backwards to serve. Just a question to both... Why have they turned their back on the rest of the students and homeowners in this area? What have they done to secure more money for the award winning, high SAT scoring, more AP classes passing students of traditional public schools? I am tired of the “reward our campaign donors” attitude these politicians are sporting. The charter amendment is like an educational T-splost.... More money that we don’t have to a system with no oversight…. And they call themselves Republicans? WOW! 

RomneyForPresident — Last I checked, Mrs. Marlow is the primary winner, not a sworn-in member of the CCSD Board. She’s no more an elected school board member than Mitt Romney is the president. You must’ve failed civics class. Why hasn’t our beloved, well-paid superintendent secured more funding? The drive to downtown wouldn’t have cost him a thing, since we’re picking up his vehicle costs. I have to believe our superintendent has more weight to throw around under the Gold Dome than an unelected citizen. It’s telling that...after years of the liberal ideology of More Funding, our SAT scores were stagnant. Yet just one to two years of minor spending cuts results in historically high SAT scores and increases in student academic performance. Sounds like we need more spending cuts.

Support CCSD schools — So Chipster and Kelly! are getting awards from an organization that takes money out of the traditional public school pockets? Vote NO on Amendment 1!

KeithStone — It is not the government schools’ money to begin with. It’s the taxpayers money. Vote YES for School Vouchers.
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Jbraml
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October 10, 2012
If that is the case Keith, I don't want my want my tax money funding unnecessary wars, corporate welfare and funding tax cuts for the wealthy.
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