What the ballot will say:
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?”
Here is the low down:
According to WalletHub, based on a study they did comparing the quality of education by state, Georgia ranks number 35 out of the 50 states. There are 2,200 schools and about 125 of them are currently considered “failing”. Something does need to be done to improve Georgia’s public school system.
A superintendent that is appointed by the governor will run the Opportunity School District and will only have to answer to the governor. This superintendent will be able to turn these failing schools into charter schools or even close the schools altogether. This person will also be in charge of the tax dollars that support these schools and the hiring/firing of school employees.
Governor Nathan Deal really wants this amendment to pass, he credits it as being part of his legacy. Supporters of this amendment claim that the local officials have been in charge of their public schools and have failed the students by allowing these schools to fail.
The privatization of the schools, period. The state will take control of these schools, it will no longer be ran by elected local officials but instead those appointed by the governor will control it. Many believe that this is a “power grab” and it is far too much power for the state government to have.
Now the question is…
how will you vote?
If you have any comments or questions feel free to let me know!