If you think that those who are coming out of bad schools and are dropping out and going to crime are going to only steal from people in their school district, you're wrong. Those people don't have anything worth stealing in many, many cases. They're going to go where people have nice cars, nice homes, things that are worth a criminal's attention. It's time that we stop that. It's time that a young person has an opportunity to see that if you will stick with me, and get an education there are jobs that are going to let you make a decent living and you will not have to resort to a life of crime. I'm passionate about this. I hope it comes through. I really am. I believe we have an opportunity, with all the other good things we have done, we have an opportunity to change the dynamic, not only of our state, but of our nation. Because we can show that people regardless of the color of their skin care about children and their education and if we work together we're going to make a difference in that regard.
Third: Yard signs -- there has been an eruption of them over the past seven days and they all seem to be in opposition. (The OSD is opposed by several state organizations skilled at grassroots mobilization, including the Georgia PTA.)
Fourth: This morning former Atlanta Mayor Andy Young and baseball legend Hank Aaron held a press event urging Georgians to reject the OSD. "We have to defeat this, we have to vote 'no' on Amendment 1," said Aaron. Young took issue with Deal's description of schools and students as failing. "Self-esteem is the basis of good education," said Young. "To take that self-esteem away from families, teachers, principals and boards of education locally and turn it over to a corporate-oriented state structure is a sin and a shame and we cannot allow it."