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At least Georgians ratified the charter school amendment, so there IS an escape route for those who feel the need.
I have to disagree with Covingtonian: I think every article SHOULD be subject to direct comments. The days of reporters writing in a vacuum is over and this is the age of free and open discourse. As such, reporters should be held accountable to their readers if and when they engage in the yellow journalism tactics that we see from those "News" organs in the grocery store aisles. The NCSS lawsuit has been about freedom of expression since day one and The Newton Citizen has solidly come down on the side of freedom and liberty each and every time. Comments give readers the capacity to add interest and value to a story as the search for truth continues. We are given the opportunity to participate as opposed to passively accepting whatever we read. The Citizen Poll is yet another example of the paper listening to the community and I would wager that it is one of the most popular sections of the paper. The other paper and many in the community would rather everyone continue to act like sheep, and just sit down and shut up and do what they are told. Is that the sort of world you wish to live in? You want to live in a place where the only voices heard are the "official" ones? That is the current reality and climate within NCSS, much more appropriate to Bejing or Tehran than Covington, GA.
Odd there hasn't been a story about the gun found in the theme school a week ago.
The simple fact is, is that parents with any means or responsibility whatsoever are going to:
b. Charter school
c. private school
That's what parents in Clayton and Dekalb did. Unfortunately, when they moved here, they brought their little problems with them. But at least the parents TRIED to enable something better for their children. In 10 years, it will be Morgan county that inherits this mess from those choosing d above. The point is, is do not settle for the status quo. Vote 'Yes' to the amendment on the ballot in November and vote in Mr. Corkery to the school board. Our children and their parents desperately need options.
I also want to congratulate Mr. Upton on his clarity and courage. It is truly sickening when our community seems to favor and fight for convenient lies over the hard truth.
Students bringing guns to the theme school...a teacher being assaulted..an administrator being beaten bloody...drug-laced brownies. All of this in just one week. And the BOE has the gall to come out against their only real competition, Charter schools while applauding a verbal assault on the only BOE member who seems to be even willing to acknowledge that the Newton school system has problems. This system is becoming more obscene by the day. Vote 'yes' on the charter school amendment so that our children have a real hope of getting a quality public education.
The freedom to peaceably assemble is still a constitutional right, last I looked. It wouldn't surprise me if they eventually resort to dogs and fire hoses. And people wonder why we need a charter school constitutional amendment.
THIS, my friends, is why we need to pass that measure so that our children have an avenue of escape from school boards like ours. They are simply out of control and inept. If voters are so blind as to re-elect someone who so obviously is contributing to our schools being run into the ground, at least allow parents who care enough the power to vote with their feet, and take their children and that money with them. The present board can not be trusted to do the right thing, plain and simple. They can't get their simple minds around the concept of the conflict of interest of an administrator , suing a board member. Or the corruption of one administrator hiring their spouse, relatives and friends. Or a high drop out rate or failing test scores or really anything else. Our kids need help here, and we can't look to our own school board to provide it. The Carpenter problem only reveals the deeper cancer. Getting rid of them treats a symptom, but the absent leadership will still remain. Just what sort of new supt. now walks into this mess?
This is the chicken coming home to roost. The Carpenters have persecuted, prosecuted and and otherwise tried to bully their naysayers. They send a clear message "If you say or do anything against us, you will not work for us, no matter how good your qualifications." Now boards of education around the country are saying the same thing to them: "If we hire you, you might sue us if for some reason you don't like what we say about you. Thanks, but no thanks." Why would ANY BOE invite such a headache into their lives? Any BOE, that is, except ours who seem impervious to reason and logic. Only one man has the courage to stand up and represent us and our children. Hang in there, Jeff. We'll try to get you some help come November.
I predict that the Newton county school openings are going to become easier and easier over the next few years. This is because they are going to have fewer and fewer students attending as parents flee with their children and their taxes. Please remember the nonsense of our own school board when you vote for the charter school amendment in November. Parents and students need a choice that is free from the political antics of these corrupt officials. Do it for our community, do it for our children. They deserve better.
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize" - Voltaire
The board members blame this stinky mess on the anonymous flies who gather around it. Thank you Newton Citizen for providing a shield against an overly zealous attorney and her litigious clients. Comments are not the reason for students and teachers looking for ways to flee this school system. Nepotism and poor leadership are sinking NCSS. Vote YES this November on the Charter school amendment. Say YES to choice. The system is broken, and the families of this county are going to have to band together to protect their children. That lawsuit has done more damage than any other single thing to negate and destroy whatever good will might have existed between the school and the community.
Turner is merely reflecting the belief of Dennis Carpenter, which is a distorted and misinformed view of blogging and social media. They think like 20th century dictators which is that any news outlet they can not control and intimidate is a threat. We see the same thing in Syria and Iran today. Commenting on an article is not the same as blogging, although some do seem to use this forum almost like one. If Carpenter or Turner had any real skills in written expression, they would start their own blog. Or they could write a column, like Meadors. They could articulate and tell their side and correct wrong perceptions if they are indeed wrong. Instead of ignoring negative comments or fighting proactively using their own platforms of expression they want to use intimidation and force to silence those who would speak out. Censorship is the domain of despots and it simply fans the flames of discontent by exposing the ruthlessness of the oppressor. It has no place in 21st century society and media. Attempts to convince Carpenter that such media has a place in education and can improve teaching and learning failed. The world moved on while he stayed stubbornly entrenched: a posture which the entire school system is paying for. We need people who can embrace openness and transparency. Instead of trying to hide and cover up, the problems need to be addressed. Bloggers and news media do not cause the problems they report.
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