Gov. Nathan Deal, left, greets Georgia schools Superintendent Richard Woods before a meeting of education leaders where he criticized school boards for opposing his Opportunity School District and praised superintendents for mostly keeping silent about the issue. AJC/TY TAGAMI

Georgia School Boards Association opposes state schools takeover

The group that represents Georgia’s 180 local elected school boards has added its voice to the growing opposition of a constitutional amendment that lets the state take over “failing” schools.

The organization on Thursday announced a vote Friday by its board of directors to formally oppose Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot because it undermines “the constitutional authority vesting exclusive control over public schools to local boards of education as the level of government closest and most responsive to the taxpayers and parents of the children being educated,” their statement says.

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