Charter Schools: Are They Good for Gwinnett?

Let us know your opinion on this controversial issue.


After striking down commissioned charter schools as unconstitutional last May, supporters 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  in Peachtree Corners, which attracts Duluth students.

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. Those who 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.

Annette Rogers February 25, 2012 at 07:05 PM
We have an interesting and unique situation in Gwinnett. Our white, republican school board member has traveled to DC to lobby against charters while my democrat friends are supporting charter schools! Ivy Prep has effectively educated African American females at a higher level than expected for ANY demographic profile. To my knowledge, there have been no discrimination complaints (including homework with inappropriate content about aliens or slaves) unlike at Ivy Prep's surrounding GCPS schools. Compare the demographics of Ivy Prep to GMST and the on-line charter school, which are both condoned and controlled by GCPS. Which of the 3 decreases disparity between demographic sub-groups?
L.Vlad March 02, 2012 at 02:56 PM
My tax dollars have been going to my home school for years while I had no school aged children. I do not have a problem with that, however now that I have children in school I think we deserve the right to choose the school that best fits each of them individually. There really is no such thing as one size fits all. I say we stop spending our school money on fighting this right. Charter schools enhance the county by ensuring that children are successful no matter where they live.


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