There is so much hype about the evils of charter schools. Pretty much all of it is untrue. But, I could discuss with a person why the things he/she has heard are wrong all day and those who have their heels dug in will STILL believe the sky is falling – so it seems like an exercise in futility.
For those of you who do not have strong opinions one way or the other, I want to share something with you: Georgia Virtual Academy is a state sponsored charter school. There are so few charter schools in our state because most of them are not approved (9 out of 80 were approved by the state) that many people don't know anyone affiliated with a charter school. However, many people know someone or of someone who uses Georgia Virtual Academy.
Georgia Virtual Academy is a WONDERFUL thing! It gives parents the option to homeschool through the state. Which means they are sent textbooks, lesson plans, have a teacher at their disposal, etc. but work on their own pace and very often fly through lessons rather than drag through them. It is also a state sponsored charter school.
If Amendment One does not pass, many children will be displaced and that includes the kids being taught at home through GVA. Georgia Virtual Academy is a blessing our state cannot afford to lose! For those of you who do not know about it, check it out: http://www.k12.com/ga/who-we-are/