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Gwinnett School Supt. Disappointed by Amendment 1 Passage

Wilbanks' statement on Charter Schools Amendment says Georgia "has become our opponent in the all-important work of educating the state’s children."

Gwinnett Schools Supt. Alvin Wilbanks has issued a statement expressing disappointment that Georgia voters passed the Charter Schools Amendment on Tuesday (November 6).

The state's voters, by a strong majority, approved Amendment One, which allows for state officials to approve publicly funded charter schools, without the permission of local school boards.

Wilbanks' statement said the amendment "is not in the best interest of students and public education in this state."

How do you feel about the Charter Schools Amendment passing? Do you feel the Gwinnett system should remain the sole authority for charter schools in this county? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

"We are disappointed that with the passage of Amendment 1 the state, rather than being our partner, has become our opponent in the all-important work of educating the state’s children," the statement read.

The Gwinnett system, which is the state's largest with more than 165,000 students, has four charter schools within its ranks that were set up by GCPS according to charter school rules. They are the Gwinnett Online Campus (Norcross), Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (Lawrenceville), Maxwell High School of Technology (Lawrenceville), and
New Life Academy of Excellence (K-3 in Norcross) and (K-8 in Duluth).

However, the recent controversy over Peachtree Corners-based Ivy Prep Academy, an all-girls charter school, shows the controversial nature of the just-passed amendment.

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MP November 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Mr. Wilbanks is not disappointed for children, he is disappointed for his loss of control. He's been on a power trip for far too long - the people of the state of Georgia AND Gwinnett County - have spoken, and they want choice!
Sam Garvin November 09, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Mr. Wilbanks should be pressed with the question of why he has denied Ivy Prep during every single interview on this topic. He's a power-hungry, control-obsessed bureaucrat who talks endlessly about money and the adults in the system...and never talks about the most fundamental needs of students and parents. We need a new school board in Gwinnett County -- one that will send Mr. Wilbanks packing.
Timothy Hammond November 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Competition is good!
Duluth2 November 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM
@Sam - well, 3 fine people tried to unseat school board incumbents this election cycle, but most of the voters seem to be happy with the status quo.

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