Whatever the vote on charter amendment, Georgia has serious work to do in public education

Online Athens, November 2012

This is being written on Sunday, so I have no idea how the charter school amendment vote came out on Tuesday. Like a lot of people, I hope and pray Amendment 1 is defeated, and I’ve tried to get the word out on what the choice really comes down to – continuing the challenging work of improving the public schools we have, or giving up on those schools and hoping the magic elixir of “choice” and “reform” and “competition” will somehow do that hard work itself (with a hefty dose of politics and cronyism and for-profit management companies playing an outsized role in the place of the school boards and local control Georgians have always valued)…

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