Both the Talladega and Fairfield school boards have passed resolutions opposing charter schools. Unfortunately for them, the way the bill is written they would not have the final say whether to approve a charter school. That would be left up to the charter school commission in Montgomery.
“Charter schools would have a negative impact on the quality of education in Talladega, based on the fact that there are no requirements for established standards, curriculum or teacher certification,” the resolution says. “The finances for the creation of charter schools would come from existing education funding resources, which would result in financial devastation to an already cash-deprived schools system.”
The resolution passed by the board contends charter schools would hurt financially-strapped school systems such as Fairfield because the money to fund them would come from existing education funding sources. It also contends student academic success and achievement in charter schools has not proven to exceed those of traditional public schools.