If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” That adage certainly holds true for Amendment 1.“The proposed constitutional amendment would create an ‘Opportunity School District’ which would allow the state to take over local schools under the conditions determined by the General Assembly. The OSD would be run by a superintendent answering directly to the governor.” (Taken from Georgia School Boards Association website—www.gsba.com.)
The General Assembly would require local districts to fund the schools but would allow us no say in how that money would be spent. Also, they would never have to return local control if they chose not to. Most of our stakeholders would agree that our government has too much control over our lives already. This would add another layer, which is unacceptable.
On Thursday, October 13, 2016, your school board unanimously voted in opposition to Amendment 1, as have 43 other school districts to date. If you look at the list you may find many Atlanta metro school systems missing from the list. Those boards have been intimidated by people in state government, who are using funding as a weapon. I encourage you to go the GSBA website listed above to watch videos for additional information. Call our superintendent, Dr. Perry, or any of our board members and then vote no on November 8. I’ll see you at the polls!
For the children,
Pickens County board member beginning
Re: the news article of October 13, "Teacher pay in Pickens reported as the ninth highest in state."
Now we know why our property taxes are so high. Now we know why the school budget is so bloated. Now we know why our commissioners will not give seniors a tax break.
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