Charter School Amendment - Planet Parent to Glenn Delk - We Object!

Planet Parent on Mr. Delk's lawsuit against 180 Georgia school districts - the "Education Empire" - filed as a class action suit by five plaintiffs and "all taxpayers of Georgia." Really Mr. Delk?

Dear Mr. Delk,

I am a member of Planet Parent - we support public education vs. the privatization of public education. It was just beamed up to me that you have filed a lawsuit on behalf of five parents and "all taxpayers of a Georgia" against 180 Georgia school districts, deemed in the lawsuit to be part of a conspiratorial coalition with "tentacles" around the state - you have named the coalition, the "Education Empire." See Jim Galloway's column on 10/8/ 2012 http://bit.ly/PQRWKk.

The lawsuit is filed as a class action lawsuit on behalf of five parents and "all taxpayers of Georgia” who apparently live on a different planet than mine. Those of us Planet Parent have really had it with lawmaker clones who have not been telling us the entire truth about this Amendment. On my planet, parents are concerned about alien investors and EMOS's, circling our children and tax dollars. Your opening statement is misleading, "This case is not about whether or not the voters of Georgia should approve the Amendment, which would allow charter schools to be authorized by someone other than a local school board."

We on Planet Parent have conducted research, independent of the "Education Empire," related to this statement, which has appeared in virus like replication in many verbal and printed statements. We have concluded that this is an incorrect statement. Perhaps you didn't know, but the State of Georgia has a law on the books, which allows charter petitioners who have been denied at the local level to appeal to the State BOE. This constitutional body appears to be quite competent, helpful, and efficient. What more could the "Privatization Patrol" - you and your followers advocating for vouchers and tax credits for private school tuition - want for charter schools?  

Furthermore, you continue to disappoint - concluding; "Instead, this case is about whether the voters of Georgia are entitled to a fair and free election on this issue." A member of my planet happened to have unearthed the hidden preamble on September 12th deep within the Attorney General's office. Fair Mr. Delk?  Where were you? Members from Planet Parent are deeply offended by the deceptive language of the preamble and the fact that it was hidden from everyone including members of the "Education Empire."

Finally Mr. Delk, members of Planet Parent find your "relief" solutions unacceptable - specifically; " distribute factual material prepared by plaintiffs." Hopefully the judge in this case will consider current law and what the legislation actually says in order to determine what the facts are in this case. There are limits on my planet as to how the written word can be interpreted by lawyers.

We would have hoped, Mr. Delk that the Privatization Patrol would have appealed to the Cooperation Council first rather than going to battle stations. War is not good for our children and the taxpayers always end up paying for it. Perhaps your backers could provide a sound track for this screenplay. Have you contacted John Williams? Good music may help all of us get through the next 29 days. 

Over and Out,

Elizabeth Hooper

P.S. Georgia does not have teacher unions. You must have confused Georgia with a blue planet.

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Ava Chun October 24, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Frank, you are sorely mistaken. Please look outside the world you look at. You HAVE NO IDEA. Do you know that there are quite several students with special needs or failing in the PUBLIC school system? Do you know that the public school system is IMpersonal, ran like a factory and your child is like a paper being processed through a machine / system ? You need to go to a public school and see what every day is like from a student's perspective.
Ava Chun October 24, 2012 at 01:01 PM
YES for QUALITY EDUCATION tailored to each child. Our child is not a paper being processed thru the system. Every child is DIFFERENT. Until education is changed to show that each child is being cared for...... we need to PROTEST. Education IN FACT is the 1 single factor that will determine the future of the human speciies and earth. It is a daunting task. Education is something we all need to take seriously. We can have fun all we want but in the end we need to face what is truly important.
Ava Chun October 24, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Julia the fact that you use the word "system" tells me you are lost. Education is NOT a system. It is not. You child is not being processed thru a "system". Every child is different. Every child/human learns differently. We need to acknowledge that.
Jim Beam October 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM
To sum up all of Monty's (& the rest of the NO crowd's) arguments: "$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!" To sum up the "YES" arguments: "We need to do a better job educating our children and Charters are a step in that direction." The predictable "NO" rebuttal: "But $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!!" Vote YES.
Monty Brewster October 25, 2012 at 03:20 AM
You keep trying to say it isn't about money. If that is what you believe, you are completely ignorant to this matter. How will charter schools manage without money? Oh, that's right, they are getting MORE money. Why do charters stop enrolling after FTE count? Because the don't get anymore money - it doesn't benefit them. Go tell CSUSA that they won't make that million dollar profit margin next year as well. CSUSA will bail on CCA faster than Will "The Winner" can ramble off Saturday afternoon's spreads. Say NO to larger class sizes. Say NO to more furlough days. Say NO to more government. Say NO to Amendment 1.


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