Senate Democrats, League of Women Voters oppose charter schools amendment

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Senate Democrats, League of Women Voters oppose charter schools amendment

Democrats in the Georgia State Senate and the League of Women Voters spelled out their opposition the proposed charter schools constitutional amendment over the past few days.

Democratic Leader Steven Henson, D-Tucker, said the language of the proposed amendment - which would create a new path for the consideration of charter school applications - is misleading.

On Monday, the League of Women Voters of Georgia said it, too, opposes the proposed amendment.

League President Elizabeth Poythress said it is “unwise, wasteful, and not in the best long-term interests of the state of Georgia.”

Supporters of the proposed amendment have argued that its passage is needed to protect from legal challenge the state’s power to authorize and fund charter schools, which they have said are important alternatives for parents whose children are trapped in failing traditional public schools.

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