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Carpetbaggers dump $1M more into charter-school campaign

Carpetbaggers dump $1M more into charter-school campaign
October 26, 2012 --

Oct. 26, 2012 — Just this month, Walmart heiress Alice Walton and other out-of-state interests dumped more than $1.1 million into the campaign to allow more state-chartered public schools in Georgia, new campaign finance filings show. Atlanta’s Bernie Marcus also showed his support with a quarter-million-dollar contribution.

July 13

July 13, 2011 --

List of toppled leaders grows at ATL public schools Cheater schools may have to return $693K in grants Lawsuit: Prison guards attacked inmates Supremes agree to hear ATL Council secret vote case VA finds long waits at ATL med center Columbus city manager: ‘I certainly did not know about any criminal behavior’ Court decision defangs […]

Report: Tax-funded private scholarships a ‘failed experiment’

Report: Tax-funded private scholarships a 'failed experiment'
June 7, 2011 --

Many Georgia students have enrolled in public school in recent years without ever attending class, solely to take advantage of a 2008 state law creating tax-subsidized scholarships for pupils in private schools.  Legislators have described that practice as a legal but unintended consequence of the statute, which was purportedly intended to give children in failing public schools the chance for a private education that they otherwise couldn’t afford. But, in a report released today, critics charge the law creating so-called “student scholarship organizations” (SSOs) was crafted specifically to help pay for students to remain in private school.