It’s time to come together
January 11, 2013 12:00 AM | 2710 views | 9 9 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Twelve months ago, our legislative delegation (Chip Rogers, Calvin Hill, Charlice Byrd and Sean Jerguson) gerrymandered two Board of Education members out of their posts due to a disagreement with them over the application for Cherokee Charter Academy (CCA).

Not only did they ignore a School Board suggested map, but produced two maps with the same result: the movement of Janet Read and Mike Chapman into seats of members that were not up for re-election AND voted against CCA’s application.

Despite protests and the threat of SACS involvement, they restructured the School Board and redistricted advocates of 39,000 students out of their seats.

The legislators refused to offer a public referendum on the restructuring and eliminated the ability of the voters to decide whether Chapman deserved to be re-elected.

In the time since, the voters have elected Read to a newly created post as School Board Chairwoman.

Rogers, under political pressure and scandals, resigned; Ms. Byrd and Jerguson were defeated at the polls.

Simply put, the voters have spoken. They’ve said that our school system is important and deserves top priority at the state and local level.

Educating our future citizens is the key to economic prosperity and growth. Hopefully, our delegation will heed this call.

I, personally, look forward to the coming year as one when the state starts to restore funding of education to pre- recession levels.

I would also like us to incorporate CCA into the community as it has shown to be a valuable asset to some families that felt they needed something different.

I’m excited by the School District’s plans to expand the Cherokee Academies, as we’ve seen that the community wants a strong public system with plenty of choice.

Now, it’s time for our leaders to come together and make it happen.

Michael Sinco

Canton

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Voting works
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January 13, 2013
If I understand this correctly, education really is not asking for MORE moeny but asking for the money that is set aside in GA's consitution that should be going to education. The state formula (QBE) is not broken, most states use some kind of formula to determine the amount of money that should got to the schools. What has happened in GA is that the formula is used and spits out a number that should go to the districts and then the legilstures pass a budget that does not reflect that amount. So what is owed to the children of the county is not given. Education doesn't want MORE money, it wants the money it is already owed!!
Mike Johnson
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January 11, 2013
Mike Sinco....sit down son.
Property Tax Payer
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January 11, 2013
I see Mr. Sinco appears to have forgot to mention that he's a CCSD teacher and stands to benefit directly from any increase in funding, not that there are any extra funds lying around.

"Let's all come together"...and somehow find even more money to spend on education, since a half-billion $$ isn't enough?

I see Mr. Sinco appears to have forgot the across-the-board 3% step raise the district is getting in 2013 too.

Mr. Sinco also forgot that Mike Chapman's anti-charter ideology was defeated in a landslide at the polls, both across the state and in Cherokee County. Mike Chapman's status-quo-worshipping time was up and, mercifully, he's now gone.

I see Mr. Sinco appears to have also forgotten that Rogers crushed Beach in the August primary and Jerguson also won his November election. Byrd was defeated by a charter school proponent in Michael Caldwell, something else Mr. Sinco appears to have forgotten. Rogers resignation was more about state senate politics than any sort of referendum on redistricting.

I hope Mr. Sinco teaches ancient history, rather than Current Events. He seems to have forgotten a lot of those in this editorial.

Bad Math
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January 12, 2013
Sorry, Mr. Property Tax, but your election rationale is weak. The voters also ousted charter-supporting Kim Cochran AND soundly (thank goodness) defeated a charter school board member for school board chair, electing instead a sitting school board member who voted against the charter school. Kelly Marlow had to hide the fact her children were at the charter school(never mentioned on her website or in any mailings) in order to squeak by in her election-- she lost soundly where voters knew her best (Bridgemill/Sixes/Liberty areas). Byrd was also a charter proponent, so that was not why Caldwell won. And by the way, the step increase (half a year, so only 1.5%) is negated by 8 furlough days and hefty increases in state health premiums, you will be happy to know.
anonymous
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January 13, 2013
Amendment #1 passed because of the deceptive language. Michael Caldwell benefited from the voters supporting public education because they felt he would be fair and reasonable on educational issues for both public schools and charter schools.

It's disappointing to see this sort of response to a letter asking for all sides to work together for the benefit of all of the children of this county.
Property Tax Payer
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January 14, 2013
My response was because Mr. Sinco had zero interest in 'working together' after the November election and its landslide referendum on GA public education. It's telling that a single victory by Beach in an election where barely 10% of the county votes is suddenly some sort of fiscal mandate...and now we're all supposed to 'work together' to get the half-billion-$$-squandering district even MORE money?

Amendment #1 passed because 2 million people in GA know our public education system is flawed and shouldn't be the only public-school option for parents. If anything, the NO crowd should've read the ballot more closely. A NO vote was a 'yes' to mediocrity and a 48th-national ranking. 2 million people read the ballot with crystal clarity.

Cherokee County passed Amendment 1 by a landslide 60-40 margin. The referendum on the status quo of public education was clear: The people want choice.

The only people happy with 8 furlough days appear to be teachers, who support more cuts to the classroom & themselves rather than elsewhere. Stockholm Syndrome anyone?

Very few people in the private sector are getting 1.5% raises, you will be happy to know. The district needs to grasp the reality that more $$$ isn't on the way during a recession and that poor GA counties will not be voting to decrease QBE $$ being taken from our county.

Voting works
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January 11, 2013
The issues between our local school board and the delegation needed to be addressed. There seemed to be alot of animosity between the two groups. I am glad there are changes to the local delegation. Our founding fathers never meant for our representatives to consider serving a full time job. We voted out the reps that were ineffective and Chip ran scared.
Public School Parent
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January 13, 2013
Mike Sinco is dead on with this one. 90% plus of the students in Cherokee County are served by CCSD. Public school is a CHOICE as well! My son has 8 less school days this year. That hurts his education. I want funding restored as well. The previous delegation took away my elected representative. They had an agenda in wanting to interfere with school board decisions. It backfired. Michael Caldwell also is on record as supporting CCSD. He'll be held accountable for that.
Full disclosure
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January 14, 2013
Just remember, Michael Caldwell's wife chose to work as a teacher...at the Charter Academy.
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