In the same month, both the Lowndes County Democratic Party and the Valdosta Tea Party had speakers explaining how bad the charter school amendment is. Neither group took a vote, but it seemed pretty clear most of the attendees at both meetings were against that referendum on the November ballot, and mostly for the same reason: nobody wants an unelected state committee taking away local control and local tax revenue. Parental choice is one thing, and charter schools are another, but nobody seemed to like Atlanta taking away local control.
As the PAGE slides say,
This isn’t a Democrat vs. Republican debate. Legislators voted across party lines to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot. Republican and Democrat voters must defeat it together.
You can watch for yourself. Here are the two presentations:
- 10 September 2012: The charter school amendment is about control —Dr. Troy Davis
- 27 September 2012: A parallel state school system that we have no control over. —Christie Davis
If you don’t want Atlanta taking away our educational control and local tax dollars, vote No on the charter school amendment in November.