Critics: GA ballot in November will mislead voters

Critics: Amendment on ballot misleads voters

ATLANTA-- Opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment are crying foul over the wording that will be on the ballot in November.

The amendment would allow the state of Georgia to seize control of failing public schools from local school systems. But the ballot will tell voters that the measure helps schools by "increasing community involvement." Critics say it would actually strip communities of involvement in their schools.
"That's a takeover," said Dr. Sid Chapman of the Georgia Association of Educators. "That's not a community asking you to 'come in, let's work together and build these services to make our schools better.'"
But a spokeswoman for Governor Nathan Deal, who chaired the panel that wrote the ballot language, says the ballot is accurate and fair – and says opponents have had ample opportunity to weigh in on the issue.


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