Wilbanks hinted that more positive news about public schools may be coming as educators across the state work against the charter school amendment, arguably the most closely watched issue on the ballot beyond the presidential race.
If approved by voters, the amendment would effectively override a Georgia Supreme Court ruling last year declaring unconstitutional a state commission with the power to approve charter schools over the objections of local school boards.
Supporters of the amendment say parents need education alternatives that are more innovative than traditional public schools and spark more parental involvement.
Opponents say the amendment could turn state and local governments, which have been partners in education, into competitors and put even more financial stress on local school systems.
This month, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens ordered all local school boards to cease any efforts to oppose the amendment that involves the use of official time or taxpayer funds. Many school boards, including Gwinnett’s, have passed resolutions, calling for the amendment’s defeat.
Gwinnett has been named in two lawsuits on the issue.