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Deal to Sign Bill at Charter School

The governor's office made the announcement today.

Gov. Nathan Deal will be in Cherokee on Thursday morning to sign House Bill 797, which will restore the state charter schools commission if voters approve a corresponding constitutional amendment in November.

Deal's office announced this afternoon that the signing would take place at 10 a.m. at , which has been ground zero in the county's school choice debate. 

In a 4-3 decision last May, the , which nullified its authority to grant charters to schools rejected by local school boards.

The court said the state commission could not force school districts to pay for charter schools the local school board had rejected, such as Cherokee Charter Academy.

The school, located along the Sixes Road corridor, eventually  its doors for the 2011-12 school year.

On a 40-16 roll-call vote in March, two votes more than the two-thirds majority required, .

H.R. 1162 allows voters to choose if the state should have full authority to approve local charter schools. The referendum will be on the November ballot. During its April 19 meeting, the  approved a .

If voters approve that measure, the corresponding H.B. 797 will re-establish the charter schools commission and make clear how charter schools will be authorized and funded by the state going forward.

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John Q Public May 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Gov Deal, It is a crying shame that he will sign this bill but will push to spend $1 Billion to build a retractable roof stadium for Atlanta but still allow our Public schools to spiral downward with the underfunding of QBE and legislative obstruction!
Frank Jones May 03, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Agreed...A crying shame that the state: 1. Will support a $1 billion stadium for the benefit of a privately owned football team. 2. Will support the demolition of a perfectly good arena well before the end of it's useful life. 3. Will extend the hotel/motel tax to support the proposed stadium. 4. Is sending over a $1 billion (over the next 20 years) to private schools (via SSOs) while underfunding public schools. 5. Wants to build a $1 billion toll lane along I-75/I-575 when it could simply fund it via bonds and income taxes. 6. Wants implement a new, regressive 1% T-Splost sales tax in Metro-Atlanta to build needed infra-structure while building excess lane capacity in mid- to south-Georgia using gas tax revenue generated by Metro-Atlanta. (Have you traveled I-75 south of town lately?) 7. Is cutting sales taxes for large multi-national companies (Delta) while increasing sales taxes on citizens (via "Amazon" tax, T-splost, Host, Vehicle Title Fee). 8. Wants to fund a out-of-state charter school companies with public tax dollars when charter schools: 1) don't perform better than traditional schools, 2) aren't accountable to the local community, 3) are for-profit companies that are focused on the bottom-line, and 4) charge excessive management fees and rents. The Gold Dome and Georgia Republicans have sold out to corporate interests and we the people are paying for it.
Common Tater May 03, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Gov. Deal chooses a time in Woodstock when teachers and students of public schools will be unable to attend. As from the beginning of this Republican crusade, public schools are being ignored. The U.S. Constitution may be the next goal. How many states besides Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia will have an amendment to affect education on their ballots in November? I wonder if enough states have committed to eradicating public education from the United States? When asked about the timing of these states' ballots, Senator Rogers simply indicated that "the Republicans are in charge"! Lastly, isn't it pathetic that the Governor signs this divisive bill in a county with excellent schools? IF it truly is for the entire state of Georgia, why not sign it in another county where the need for charter schools is greater? (Because it's all about thumbing noses at the CCSB, who had the brains to see through the "need" for this school. Governor Deal, where did you get the $10 Million to fund Charter schools in Georgia? "Go ahead and open your doors, we'll find the money somewhere.", isn't that what you said, Governor?
Common Tater May 03, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Yes Ashely, it WOULD be nice to see the Governor visit one of our traditional public schools and deliver a promise to fund the current system we have in place, that educates MOST Georgian's children, BUT that's not the goal of the Republicans, now in charge. Their mantra is "More wealth for the wealthy" (and we expect the poor to pay for it!!!) This is true class warfare. The privileged few get 100% funding while the "unwashed masses" get to send their kids to underfunded schools and the politicians continuously rail about the "failing public schools". Lets not fix what's broke (in this case, QBE), lets instead let a few raise above the rest (with the taxpayers footing the bill). Also, In review, I wasn't as clear as I could have been on my post above. What I should have said is: (Because it's all about rubbing the noses of the four Republican school board members that didn't tow the party line AND then refused to quit the Republican party when ordered to.) I'd still like to know where Nathan found $10 Million to fund these schools. Maybe he could do the same for the public schools. Oh wait, Atlanta needs a new stadium. Never mind. We have to get our priorities straight, don't we. CT
hope May 03, 2012 at 11:36 AM
What an exciting day for CCA! Thank you Governor Deal.
John May 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
What we all need to understand is that our representatives at the local, state and national legislative level are adopting legislation which is contrary to our very own economic well-being. For the past 30 years,both liberals and conservatives have used social issues to divide and conquer people who have common concerns including the education of their children. One can only hope that the country is starting to awake from its long slumber.
Frank Jones May 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@Mikael... Fiction-charter school perform better than traditional schools. Fact-charter schools often perform the same or worse than traditional schools. Fiction-there is accountability in charter school programs. Fact-there is limited to no oversight as to charter school spending and self-dealing with charter schools. Fact-there is limited accountability as to charter school performance goals as the benchmark is low. Fiction-Charter schools accept all children. Fact-Charter schools can deny attendance of children if they cannot adequately provide the needed services. And if they accept the student the state wants the local school district to contract services to the charter school. Fact-Traditional schools are required to accept all students. Fiction-traditional schools are taxation without representation. Fact-traditional schools have always been taxation with representation, it's called the local school board. A state level, appointed board less representative than a local board. Fiction-the ballot measure isn't misleading Fact-that ballot measure does mislead as it states "state or local approval" and "upon request of local communities". Local school districts can already approve charter schools. "Local communities" implies a majority of citizens be really means a small minority. I'd keep going you're full of hyperbole and mis-information.
Flock of Schoolgirls May 04, 2012 at 02:27 AM
@Mikael Kient Do you have any thoughts of your own or do you just plan on posting talking points from all your Internet friends all the time. Your fact/fiction comments are all over the Internet. Seriously.

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