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Posted: September 13, 2012 9:10 p.m.

BOE formally opposes charter schools

The Newton County Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday stating that it "believes that the Georgia Supreme Court ruled correctly in declaring it unconstitutional for an appointed state commission to approve charter schools over the objection of the duly elected local board of education, which is accountable to the taxpaying public."

District 1 representative Jeff Meadors was the only member to vote against the resolution, which also addresses the $8.2 million in cuts for the 2011-2012 school year that were required, the funding challenges experienced in the NCSS and the lack of financial support for public education, in the resolution.

"The Newton County Board of Education believes that a system of quality of public education is one of the essential foundations of America's past, current and future greatness," the resolution reads.

"Be it resolved: That the Newton County Board of Education urges the Governor and State Legislators to commit to adequately fund quality fund quality public education for all K-12 students in Newton County and throughout Georgia; to acknowledge the countless, unheralded successes of public schools in the state; to cease efforts to erode local control of public schools, and to encourage the innovation, flexibility, and accountability that are necessary for Georgia' public schools to continuously improve."

In the resolution, the board requests that Georgia voters oppose the Constitutional amendment relative to the state approval of charter schools.

Meadors questioned if it was proper to request that voter's vote in a certain way. When told the verbiage was used regularly in resolutions of this type, Meadors opposed the resolution, which passed with majority vote.

 

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