Nathan Deal makes a video plea for his Opportunity School District

Gov. Nathan Deal has had a lot of surrogates speaking on behalf of his Opportunity School District plan, which voters will decide in November.

Today, Deal released a video making his own case for the OSD.

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AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

It seems like the Governor already has his own school district. The Governor appointed the commissioners that run The State Charter Schools School District. Its high school has 1,500 students, a score of 41(F) on the CCRPI, and a graduation rate of 7.7%. It has been failing for 6 years, and has never been "taken over" or shut down. 


Taxpayers can't find out who works there or where the money goes.

Estimates are this state run school gets about $8-$12 Million per year for a graduation rate of less than 10%.


So here we have a chronically failing school that hides spending from the taxpayer and continues year after year.


Is this the plan for the OSD?


JoeWisenbaker
JoeWisenbaker

Is there any evidence that the sort of thing this amendment would allow actually does anything for the students? If there are answers out there that the proposed seizure of local schools, property and taxes would allow that are any different from things that could already be done, just what are they?

North Georgia
North Georgia

So after reading all the comments, everyone who has commented seems to agree to:

a. Do nothing and expect change.

b. Tell current school boards you are doing great.

c. Blame it on the former school board.

d. Build more prisons so the drop outs have a place to eventually live.

e. Work two jobs so your kid can go to a different school.

f.  Nag and Complain.

g. Nag and Complain.




Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@North Georgia Apparently your comprehension is below normal.  I can suggest some strategies for improvement.

JBBrown1968
JBBrown1968

@North Georgia No.... let teachers teach. Place students in the proper academic placement.....regardless  of race....... use the current funds for teaching and learning instead of admin........require admin to teach a semester every two years.......make athletics a club or league activity after school hours. Don't pay superintendents ten times the state average. Require 85 % to be spent on teaching!!!!!!!!!!


Make asoopig teach!

Lachlan Neymar
Lachlan Neymar

Sorry, Governor, your friends will have to find a different way to rip off Georgia taxpayers. Everyone at my church is voting NO.

redweather
redweather

I assume this video attests to the fact that the amendment isn't looking like a slam dunk anymore. But if the history of these ballot initiatives is any guide, enough Georgia voter will vote yes.

zzyzx
zzyzx

VOTE NO...  THIS BILL IS BAD 

Truth05
Truth05

Too bad Deal doesn't care as much about getting training for Georgia road crews how to correctly pave a road.

Lachlan Neymar
Lachlan Neymar

@Truth05 Those are private contractors. I can have the governor speak to his friends who own those contracts if you like.


Astropig
Astropig

Governor Deal, thank you for being a leader.Go get 'em! 

WWYT?
WWYT?

Another way for the Repubs to help their cronies.  They hate government meddling unless it's to their advantage.

jezel
jezel

When you " sign on " as a GOP governor....this is the reform that you are expected to SELL...  Gov Deal is a soldier and is doing what many GOP governors across the country are doing. His future in the Republican party is on the line.

newsphile
newsphile

@jezel He came back to GA one step ahead of very embarrassing ethics charges; he's grabbed every ounce of power and every dollar he can as governor.  When is enough ever enough for this greedy, power-hungry man?

jezel
jezel

Maybe so. This scam reaches way further than the governor's office . He is just one player among many.

JBBrown1968
JBBrown1968

Wow and I don't have my boots on today! 

AvgGeorgian
AvgGeorgian

The State Charter Schools Commission School System, run by political appointees of the Gold Dome, has schools that have been failing kids for 6 years with a 41 CCRPI and a 7.7% four year graduation rate. Where is the plan for the schools the state already runs?

Lachlan Neymar
Lachlan Neymar

@AvgGeorgian They just need to be able to implement that Christian curriculum for everything to work according to His plan. With tax money. And then more tax money to defend it from federal constitutional challenges.

L_D
L_D

This amendment isn't about education - it is about gaining access to local resources.  There are already at least 3 state laws that allow state-level intervention in local schools: 20-14-35, 20-14-41, and the one that allows the governor to replace local school board members.  All allow local resources to remain within the system. 


If the governor wanted to enact polices that would help children in struggling schools, there are many success stories across the country.  Consistently proven successes include universal pre-k for these communities, smaller class sizes, reading and math intervention specialists, lower social worker and counselor ratios, family engagement and support (so parents can help their students at home), extended day, extended school years, etc, etc, etc.  All these interventions could be mandated and supported by the state WITHOUT diminishing the power of our voice and our vote.


This is a debate about governance.  Before voting yes, ask yourself if you would support this model for any other local government agency.  Would you support this model of intervention by the federal government?  Is it acceptable to you that an unaccountable appointee can use your local tax dollars and locally funded buildings in any manner he or she sees fit from now until who-knows-when (read the actual amendment, this is not a "temporary" measure - the amendment gives access to all funds for any schools "...under current or prior supervision...")?  This is taxation without representation.  If the Federal government wanted to come in and hijack any aspect of state government in a similar fashion, I suspect our state legislature and governor would be the first to proclaim an overreach of powers.  This is no different. This is taxation without representation.  This is big government coming in to take your local funds and buildings.  Vote NO!

AL1314
AL1314

Most definitely. So many are about to lose their jobs, both ineffective and effective instructors, and administrators on all levels if this vote goes through. All for the benefit to comfortably pay themselves, this assigned, rather, appointed OSD superintendent, etc. It didn't work in Tennessee, it didn't work like they thought it would in Louisiana to bounce back after Katrina, and I don't know who they are kidding proposing that this will work here. From what I've read over the past year, since it's reveal, is all about their economic gain.

Lachlan Neymar
Lachlan Neymar

@L_D I would like your comment, but you're sitting on 12 likes, and I'm triskaidekaphobic. I will try to remember to check back later.

Tim Magill
Tim Magill

It sounds like his proposal of the opportunity school district is to save the drop outs and make our state number one for business !!!! He needs to keep out of education , along with the other state leaders. If they properly funded the schools as called for by state law. He wouldn't have to worry about failing schools. So vote no on his latest scam to collect more of our tax dollars, for his donors and friends !! Would knows where the money would go if this passes ?!?! No, accountability on anyone's part leaving it wide open for corruption !

Tinsdale
Tinsdale

Excellent. Georgia continues to benefit from his wise leadership and steady hand. We can have an honest debate on this idea, but let us not smear this governor's motives. He has one concern here: Helping Georgia's children break the cycle of poverty so that they do better than the generation before them and become productive citizens.

Astropig
Astropig

@fuldawg @Tinsdale


"The Georgia Department of Education already has measures in place to help these very schools that the governor considers "failing". 


Those will make a great "Plan B" if voters don't approve this one.

Astropig
Astropig

@Tinsdale

"Excellent. Georgia continues to benefit from his wise leadership and steady hand. We can have an honest debate on this idea, but let us not smear this governor's motives."


Agree.There is absolutely no principled opposition to this plan in this space.Just hatred of a guy that the opponents can't beat at the polls.Governor Deal was NOT my first choice for the job when he first ran,but he has been surprisingly effective and has gone where a lot of others wouldn't have gone.He spearheaded legal reforms that would give a lot of people headed for wasted lives a new slate to actually become productive citizens.He got behind the charter school amendment when it was not politically fashionable to do so.He provided fiscal discipline when the state was suffering through a terrible economy...In short,he's done a very good job,despite the BS you read here on a daily basis.If this passes,I'm pretty sure that this will be his longest lived education legacy and if implemented correctly,he'll prove these cynical political hacks wrong yet again.

fuldawg
fuldawg

@Tinsdale The Georgia Department of Education already has measures in place to help these very schools that the governor considers "failing". 


Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert and others were treated to a dog and pony show in New Orleans by Michelle Rhee's for-profit charter school corporation. The research-impaired Georgia legislators were easily convinced that privatization, combined with the taking away of local control of the voters would be the ultimate cure. After all, the voters and those elected boards only get in the way.


The state legislature of Louisiana has just recently voted to end the state takeover that our elected representative decision makers were privy to on their fact-finding NOLA joyride. 


Perhaps John Nathan Deal actually does want to help the schools he and his legislative buddies have so drastically undercut and starved financially since his term in office began. 


Perhaps John Nathan Deal really does care about the endless hours these students spend preparing for and taking the endless test standardized test which measure little more that their test-taking ability. 


Perhaps John Nathan Deal cannot see the conflict of interest that his OSD point person, Attorney (and three year experienced teacher) Erin Hames, now works for his office and the Atlanta Public Schools. 


Perhaps John Nathan Deal does not know the meaning of Taxation without Representation which is what Amendment 1 enact. 


Let's do not give him the benefit of the doubt this time. 



newsphile
newsphile

@Tinsdale I totally disagree.  Deal has proven time and time again that he is a power-hungry, greedy politician.

David ReedVOTENoToOSD
David ReedVOTENoToOSD

@Tinsdale He could have broke the cycle of school poverty by fully-funding the public schools for his last 6 years in office.   But he hasn't, not a single year. He's slashed their budgets by 10's of millions, causing reduced teaching days, furloughs days for teachers and students, outsourcing of custodial and other services forcing the school districts to funnel some of their limited dollars back to the classroom. He's now defining "chronically failing schools" (a term first introduced by Michelle Rhee and the charter advocates) as those who have failed at the seriously flawed standardized testing (CCRPI) in order to hand a hundred or so of our public schools, their local, state and fed tax dollars over to for-profits to manage with no accountability to us, the taxpayers. The same corporations and organizationa that have been donating to he and Brooks Coleman: American Federation for Children, StudentsFirst, etc. This is a wrong, has nothing to do with improving the education of our public school kids and everything to do with making money on our tax dollars. A constitutional amendment is not even needed to get his OSD district formed, but he wants this carve in stone and non-reverseable so it can't be removed like it has in  Louisiana. 


Lachlan Neymar
Lachlan Neymar

@Astropig @Tinsdale I support some of the decisions Deal has made during the last session, including both notable 

vetoes. It is not a matter of hate or disrespect. It is just the simple fact that we are not falling for his shenanigans.