Charter Schools: Do You Think They Are a Good Idea?

Let us know your opinion on this controversial issue.


After striking down commissioned charter schools as unconstitutional last May, backers have introduced a bill to allow the state to create charter schools.

Just yesterday the Georgia House passed legislation favoring charter schools. Resolution 1162 passed 123-48 and now moves to the Senate.

There are five charter schools currently operating in Gwinnett County, including one in Peachtree Corners, .

Those favoring the speciality schools, which are open to the public, say there is a need especially for those students who struggle in a traditional school environment while those oppose maintain that the use of state funds to pay for charter schools would mean less money for public schools.

Take our poll and let us know what you think.

Judy Putnam February 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Via Tweet from David Harkness: School vouchers would be even better. I would love the freedom to choose where my daughter goes to school.
David Leader February 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Honestly I think they were a necessary evil because teachers were not allowed any level of creativity in improving their curriculum. Now that we have been promised this flexibility, I hope that teachers use this opportunity to actually improve public school education so EVERYONE (and not just "the lucky lottery winners") has an option to succeed in life. On a related note, I am happy they are finally giving the "cheating teachers" the boot today @ 3 PM; let's hope that there aren't any complications with that.
Amanda Helmstetter February 24, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yes I am in favor of charter schools. It is public money and they are providing an alternative to public schools. The mandated school may not be the right fit for a particular student and parents should have an option (other than private schools). I think there needs to be accountability for results, like other public schools - so there needs to be a balance.
Nicole L. February 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I'm in favor of charter schools. If the public schools are not doing a good job educating my children, then I should have a choice of where my tax money should go.


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