Pro-charter school amendment group touts poll

A group pushing for a constitutional amendment that would make it easier for the state to approve and fund charter schools is touting a poll that shows a majority of Georgians back the amendment.

In announcing the formation of its website and Facebook page, Families for Better Public Schools points to a March poll showing that Georgians favor the amendment by a 58-23 margin.

The poll was conducted by McLaughlin and Associates of Alexandria, Virginia, by telephone March 29-30 and paid for by the Georgia Charter School Association, which backs the amendment.

Opponents of the amendment say traditional public schools would be harmed by its passage because, as state funding goes to public charter schools, less would be available for traditional public schools. Amendment supporters say expanding the number of charter schools would give parents more choices, an important factor for parents whose children are in struggling traditional public schools.