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School Vouchers: Rogers Supports, While Beach Says No Need

After answering a question during a debate on charter school oversight and control, the state Senate District 21 Republican candidates addressed school vouchers.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of several stories from the state Senate District 21 candidates' debate sponsored by the North Fulton & Friends Tea Party, and held at the Crooked Creek HOA Clubhouse on July 10. Each will be accompanied by video with more complete remarks by the two men. Please watch both videos to keep candidates' comments in context.

Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, said during a debate on July 10 that school vouchers were needed "yesterday." His Republican Primary opponent for the state Senate District 21 seat, Brandon Beach, said the district has excellent schools and vouchers aren't needed.

The candidates were responding to a follow up question after answering a question about keeping control of taxpayer dollars after the failure of Fulton Science Academy according to a report commissioned by the Fulton County School System.

Moderator Jim Galloway said from Rogers' responses to the question, he extrapolated that the incumbent was supporting school vouchers. He asked how quickly the candidates thought the state should adopt school vouchers.

"How quickly should we do it? Yesterday. And the consequences will be, we'll finally have a market-based system with the best education schools in the system, deliver a product to children and parents that they want, that they desire, that they will be involved with," Rogers said.

He said a system that requires attendance at a specific school because of your address doesn't work."That's craziness."

Rogers said the free market system would close bad schools as the dollars follow the children to good schools.

On school vouchers, Beach said, "We don't need vouchers, we need good public education with parental involvement."

The school system has $8,000 per student for education, he said. "We just need to make our public schools good and demand parental involvement."

He would model other schools on the successful schools in North Fulton and Cherokee counties.

MarkMunoz July 13, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The link to view school's CRCT scores by county is here: http://www.ajc.com/news/2011-georgia-crct-results-1000807.html?cxntlid=linkr The majority of schools are meeting or exceeding the requirements. It should be noted that in 2009 it was discovered there was state wide cheating on these tests. Furthermore, how is vouchers going to change the school's teaching methods or somehow make parents more involved in the process? School vouchers is merely more of the same "creative" educational jargon that amounts to nothing more but throwing good money after bad. In the video Roger's mentions Louisana (Gov. Jindal) as going to a charter system. It must be noted that Louisana is struggling with the privitazation of public schools. In fact, Abramson Science and Technology was taken over by the RSD (Recovery School District) because of many of the same reasons the related school in Fulton County (Fulton Science Academy) was denied a renewal. Abramson also had self serving contracts with their Pelican Educational Foundation and many questionable money transactions like $1.7 million in "travel expenses" for 1 year. Vouchers is not the answer it is just another way around public schools like the charter system and diverting public funds to private "interests"
LarryLinn July 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Wait until the Christian voucher advocates discover that their tax money will be going to Muslim students attending school in mosques.
MarkMunoz July 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Religion has no place in public education only private education. To make it clear there are many "ethnic or religious" charter schools: "Hebrew Charter Academy" Native American Charter, etc., the problem is transparency. These schools are very upfront with their curriculum and core values. Fulton Science Academy has a 10 year history of troubles, lack of transparency and never assuming responsibility for wrong doing. I am sure they are thinking of ways to blame their $19 million default on Wells Fargo or the County of Fulton. Seriously, don't think most Americans would have cared about their involvement with the Gulen Movement had they been up front, instead of concealing the obvious and the financial mismanagement. They all need to tell the truth.
Bo Wagner July 16, 2012 at 02:12 PM
While North Fulton Schools (and East Cobb) are excellent, these gentlemen will be GEORGIA representatives; I think vouchers give families options other than 'moving' to get in a school district. Just my 2 cents...
MarkMunoz July 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Fair enough Bo. It may give "options" to families, but it also give more tax money back into the hands of schools like Fulton Science Academy who have already proven they cannot be trusted with American Taxpayer's money. (not to mention Wells Fargo's money) vouchers are just another way to money grab at public money. I worked hard my whole life so I could afford to live in a good school district for my children. If others cannot do this, why are they trying to sponge off of the government? It is not a right or entitlement. But supporting your public school and making it a better place is a responsibliity of all Americans. With these types of attitudes the American public school system will dismantle and erode because of privitization of education ...by 3rd world countries. When it becomes privitized you will see you have NO CHOICE at all.

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