Critic of school takeover plan: Fairy dust needed to make it work
On Nov. 8, voters in Georgia will decide whether to grant the state sweeping new powers to take over schools deemed under-performing. It requires an amendment to the state constitution to shift power from local districts to the governor’s office.
Voters won’t see the fine print to understand in detail what absorption into Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposed Opportunity School District will mean for a school, but a retired librarian delved into law. And Susan McWethy of Decatur is concerned with what she found. She doubts state control will fix schools and urges voters to dig deeper than the ballot language.
“On the ballot they will see words to make them believe that Amendment 1, if passed, will ‘fix’ schools that are allegedly failing, increase community involvement, and improve student performance. It would take lots of fairy dust to make any of these claims come true,” McWethy writes today in the AJC Get Schooled blog