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Teachers take aim at Georgia AG Olens

By   /   October 4, 2012  /   Comments

As an educator I’m somewhat confused. Can someone provide clarity to us on the following?  And if and when clarity is provided, should not the press and local board members be notified?  Should not the information be communicated accurately before Oct 15th?

a)  Can one elected official tell other elected officials what they can and/or cannot do? And did not former State Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s challenge to former Governor Perdue decide the question in the Supreme Court?  Or was this a different matter?

b)  Does the opinion of the State Attorney General apply to school boards or extend to ALL political positions that boards take?  Boards do lobby for SPLOST, pass resolutions as per other requests etc.?

c) Are we correct, that the Attorney General did not state that individual board members cannot speak out for or against the amendment?  We have seen a few individual school board members speak in favor of the amendment via emails and in the newspapers.

d)  Were not some more school boards poised to pass resolutions this week opposing the resolution, but were asked to stall by specific board members?

e) Since commerce per county also depends upon the state of that county’s schools, is it not fair for boards of educations to lobby for sound educational practices?  Has any elected officials or staff persons of officials visited Chambers of Commerce in order to persuade them one way or the other or to neutralize them?

f) We noticed that the elected State School Superintendent took his opposing position down from the DOE’s web-site?  Yet he opposes Amendment 1.  And we have tried to follow the papers etc., in order to try and understand who Attorney Delk’s clients are.  Doesn’t the public deserve to know who the clients are?

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/olens-says-school-boards-cant-use-taxpayer-money-t/nSSn5/

Verdaillia Turner

Georgia Federation of Teachers
(404) 315-0222

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