PTC opposes school choice bill

Thu, 04/03/2008 - 12:55pm
By: The Citizen

The Peachtree City Council is urging state officials to take a more active role in preventing Clayton County’s school system from losing its accreditation.

The Council adopted a resolution Wednesday night at a special called meeting officially opposing the concept of allowing Clayton students to attend other schools, including Fayette.

A bill in the legislature that would have allowed Clayton students to transfer to Fayette schools has been amended to make the transfer option and not a requirement on behalf of accepting school districts. Earlier this week it was sent back to the House Rules committee, and it wasn’t clear if SB 458 was even going to come up for a vote tomorrow, the last day of the legislative session.

SB 458 didn’t address the funding shortfall that would come with each new student enrolling from Clayton County in Fayette schools, as the school board pays an additional $4,000 each year above state and federal payments to educate each student.

Peachtree City’s resolution asked that if students from de-accredited schools be allowed to enroll in Fayette, that the de-accredited school system be required to reimburse Fayette for the additional costs of educating their students.

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Submitted by soapbox715 on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 6:30pm.

I know this is old news but I just read that Fayette enrolled 261 Clayton students in Fayette schools, now have all of them moved in the county and paying school tax or we paying for them.

Submitted by jjj on Mon, 04/07/2008 - 7:07pm.

I have an idea... Let's make May "ride the school bus month" for all Fayette County students for a couple of reasons. First of all it would be great for the enviroment. The bus is ready to take loads of kids TO and FROM school and is already heading that way. It will teach the kids some displine since if they get in trouble on it, you will find out. It may also be good to actually find out it was your own kid that is infact the troublemaker you were trying to protect them from, displine does need to start at home. Then fresh off the SB458 mess we could help clean up the county schools of all of the out of county students. If all of the "leagal kids" rode the bus, walked, biked or golf carted to school then only the out of county students would be waiting in the car pool lines with their out of county tags on their cars. It would be so noticable and so easy to enforce. So as you can see I think onl y good can come out of the "ride the school bus, walk, bike or golfcart to school month" that I have planned for the entire month of May. Ride in May for Fayette! Maybe this is why the speed zones are going in to help support my idea. Thanks PTC I love living here.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 3:16pm.

All this is nothing more than pandering to the folks in PTC as in "Gosh, we care." The AJC story on this one quoted Cyndi Plunkedus as saying that this is important "symbolism". For that hefty pay raise you'd think we would get something a little more substantial like somebody laying down in the tracks to stop this.
All the while, Ronnie and Matty and their benefactors are looking at a big picture that only involves the welfare of our community in a very tiny way.

Hearing the PTC Council say, with their special called PR meeting, that they are alarmed by these prospects is about as believable as Harold saying "I don't like beer." Sorry, folks, I ain't convinced.

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