Georgians vote 'no' on Amendment 1

School takeover amendment fails

ATLANTA -- Voters have rejected Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to allow the state to take over failing schools across Georgia. 

The question posed to Georgians was whether the "Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance." With more than 2.2 million ballots cast, voters voted down the measure 61 to 39 percent Tuesday.

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The amendment would have created a state government entity called the Opportunity School District, which would allow the governor to appoint a superintendent to run the failing schools. Gov. Deal was the foremost supporter of the amendment and appeared in several commercials backing it. Teachers, PTA groups and even Mayor Kasim Reed were firmly against it.

With the measure's failure, control of those schools remains with local school districts and leaders.

All of the other amendments on the Georgia ballot passed.

See results for Georgia's other constitutional amendments below: 

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