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Did you know that Georgia Virtual Academy will be closed if Amendment One isn't passed?

Georgia's online homeschooling program depends on a "yes" vote for Amendment One.

There is so much hype about the evils of charter schools.  Pretty much all of it is untrue.  But, I could discuss with a person why the things he/she has heard are wrong all day and those who have their heels dug in will STILL believe the sky is falling – so it seems like an exercise in futility. 

For those of you who do not have strong opinions one way or the other, I want to share something with you: Georgia Virtual Academy is a state sponsored charter school. There are so few charter schools in our state because most of them are not approved (9 out of 80 were approved by the state) that many people don't know anyone affiliated with a charter school.  However, many people know someone or of someone who uses Georgia Virtual Academy.

Georgia Virtual Academy is a WONDERFUL thing!  It gives parents the option to homeschool through the state.  Which means they are sent textbooks, lesson plans, have a teacher at their disposal, etc. but work on their own pace and very often fly through lessons rather than drag through them.  It is also a state sponsored charter school. 

If Amendment One does not pass, many children will be displaced and that includes the kids being taught at home through GVA.  Georgia Virtual Academy is a blessing our state cannot afford to lose!  For those of you who do not know about it, check it out: http://www.k12.com/ga/who-we-are/

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Monty Brewster November 02, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Debbie, how about you post a blog about Astrophysics as well. You seem to post your ideas about things that you have not fully researched and barely grasp the concepts that surround it. Perhaps title it with "The Earth Will Explode if Amendment 1 Doesn't Pass"?
Debbie Pascoe November 03, 2012 at 01:58 AM
HI, Common Sense. Yes, I acknowledged that GVA may have become GCA. Totally. It is now called Georgia Cyber Academy. Parents are using it as a tool for homeschooling. It is a public charter school like the brick and mortar public charter schools are. I'm going to let you take me to school on the assuming thing. I had to go for more and more information on that one. Every time I asked for clarification to confirm that that was right I was told, "yep -- that's about right." A few days ago, I got this answer: "without amendment one, we are one lawsuit away from being closed." This blog is intended to shed light on the good reasons to support charter schools. Georgia schools need change -- as a state, we are not doing so well. And it's not because we can't. Georgia is amazing and beautiful and our kids deserve the best beginning they can get.
Monty Brewster November 03, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Debbie, I agree with your last sentence regarding our kids getting the best beginning they can. In fact, the only research that shows one type of education being of significant benefit over anything else is a good Pre-K program. So why aren't parents pushing for improvements in this area? Instead we are wasting time and taxpayer money on something that has never proven to be better than what we currently have.
Common Sense November 03, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Debbie, this blog tells readers - straight up - that the virtual program, GCA, will close up shop if Amendment 1 fails. That is inaccurate. 'One lawsuit away' from closing is a heck of a lot different than plain old 'closing.' We are ALL just 'one lawsuit away' from destruction if these are the standards we're using. And I am certainly not willing to support changing our constitution for a 'potential lawsuit.' Sounds like the perfect scare tactic for parents. I'm not buying!
Ellen November 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Prior to the vote, an extremely reliable source heard directly from Sally Fitzgerald of the Georgia PTA, that there was a lawsuit against the State BOE challenging its charter granting authority. It was already written & ready to file if Amendment 1 failed. Currently, our state's constitution gives the state authority to grant charters to "special" schools & the definition of "special" has most likely expanded beyond the intent of the original wording. It is evident from both the majority opinion and the dissent that state charter schools would have been left on a precipitous slope without a change to the state constitution.

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