Fact: For these groups and individuals, support of the proposed charter amendment equates to making a business investment, instead of investing in all of our schools and all of our children.
Many would think that a true grassroots organization would have a charter school parent or teacher at its head. However, FBPS’s Director is Mark Peevy. Peevy is the former President of the Georgia Charter School Association and current co-owner of a for-profit company called Ed Innovation Partners, LLC, which provides services to help clients establish and run charter schools. A glance at FBPS’s website and promotional materials makes it appear that they represent the interests of everyday Georgia families, but beyond the stock photos lies a web of self-serving actions, instead of student-serving actions.
Myth: Charter Schools Increase Student Achievement
Fact: Multiple Studies and Reports Call Into Question the Effectiveness of Charter Schools.
Fact: Charter school proponents regularly cherry pick data and make broad comparisons.
Often, they point to the overall scores of the area’s traditional schools and compare them to the overall scores of the charter school. Proponents continue to twist the data in order to push an agenda. When it comes to true comparisons, the devil is in the details. In EmpowerED Georgia's Charter Schools Blueprint, we advocate that comparisons must be made on a sub-group to sub-group basis (i.e. comparing the performance of charter school students with disabilities to that of traditional school students with disabilities). The proposed charter amendment does not include such a requirement.