Letters to the Editor

Opposed to I-1240 Charter Schools

Voters need to read I-1240 Charter Schools, particularly Sec. 210, which stealthily establishes a puppet-master pulling everyone’s strings, appointed or elected.

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers is funded by the same big globalist foundations, such as Gates, who donated about $8 million to pass I-1240. I-1240 changes our governmental form to taxation without representation.

Voters don’t determine who gets charters or the type of charters. Appointed state authorizers do, following dictates of NACSA. The elected Superintendent of Public Schools oversight for charter schools changes to oversight by authorizers. Elected school boards and other elected officials duties are altered.  Following NACSA’s terms, the state board oversees state authorizers.

State authorizers approve non-profit corporations’ five- year contracts. However, authorizers may delegate their responsibilities to others. But authorizers cannot be held liable for the corporation’s actions. Is that immunity from civil and criminal activity? (Sec. 210).

In Sec. 203, Appointed Charter School Boards can only contract out management of the school to another nonprofit corporation; however, they can contract educational instruction with either non-profit or for-profit corporations.

Worried about our borders?  Sec. 213 invites other-nation corporations’ applications for charter schools. Taxpayers and foundation grants funded 135 Gulen Turkish Muslim Charter Schools, bringing Turkish teachers to instruct. State laws requiring teachers to teach morality, patriotism and training students to the true comprehension of American citizenship will be exempt in charter schools.

Like I-1240, Georgia had an appointed charter commission.  Their court ruled it couldn’t force charters over elected school board objections. Compare Sec. 208 and 214.

Sec. 213 mandates a petition, signed by either a majority of teachers, or majority of parents of students in a public school, excluding other taxpayers, to convert it to a charter.

Charters generally under perform regular schools and have high dropout rates.

I-1240 declares charters are part of Constitution Article 9:2, “a general and uniform system of public schools.” Traditional schools have elected boards; charters have appointed boards. Charters do not operate under the same laws, creating two systems.

I-1240 trashes our constitution:  Articles 1:1; 1:2; 2:28 (6)(7)(15); 2:37; 3:22, 7:1, and 9:2.

Model language from National Association of Charter School Authorizers created I-1240, making them more powerful  than unions, because it either removes elected officials, or usurps their powers.

Vote no on I-1240, then work to return education back to true local control, with factual, objective education.

Cris Shardelman


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