Forum Tonight on Charter Schools Amendment

A public forum on the proposed charter schools amendment to the State Constitution that voters will decide on this November is taking place this evening.

The forum is set for 6 p.m. at the Tugaloo Center for the Performing Arts at Stephens County High School.

The amendment would change the state constitution to allow for the state to re-create a commission that could approve the creation of local charter schools that were rejected by a local Board of Education, with those charter schools then receiving state funding.

Opponents of the amendment say that a state agency creating and funding charter schools without local approval would take funding away from public school systems in Georgia at a time when school systems have faced numerous cuts.

Meanwhile, supporters of the charter schools amendment said that money will not be taken from public education and add that supporting the amendment will provide more choices for students and parents.