Camden County educators opposing Georgia charter school amendment

Georgia constitutional amendment will appear on November ballot

Published On: Sep 18 2012 02:47:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 18 2012 02:51:11 PM EDT

Camden County's Board of Education is actively opposing an amendment on Georgia's November ballot that would establish taxpayer funded charter schools.

At its Sept. 12 meeting, the board adopted a "Resolution in support of public education," which says the charter amendment would "do irreparable harm to public eduction."

"The Board opposes the state’s efforts, through this amendment, to establish a system of state?authorized public charter schools by redirecting resources from existing, underfunded, locally controlled schools to a new system of state?controlled charter schools controlled by an appointed commission in Atlanta. Camden County’s Board believes this action is a misuse of the State’s authority and that it is inconsistent with the intent of the Constitution which specifically delegates responsibility for establishing and governing local schools to local communities through locally elected boards," the board wrote.

If passed, the amendment would place into the station constitution the existence of a Georgia Charter Schools Commission, which was created by the Georgia Legislature in 2008, but ruled unconstitutional in 2011 by the state Supreme Court.  According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the justices ruled that state lawmakers do not have the power to grant the state authority to approve and fund charter schools over the objection of local school boards.