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Georgia State Rep.: Vote No on Charter Amendment

The leading group pushing this amendment, chaired by Republican State Rep. Edward Lindsey, has raised $2 million—almost all from out-of-state interests, David Wilkerson says.

By David Wilkerson
Georgia State Representative for Cobb 

It is going to be a close election on Tuesday, and we need your help.

Those of us fighting for our children in public schools are voting no on Amendment 1. We need you to join us.

The leading group pushing this amendment, chaired by Republican State Rep. Edward Lindsey, has raised $2 million—almost all from out-of-state interests. Rep. Lindsey serves as a leader of the Republicans in the state House, but is running deceptive commercials on black radio implying President Obama supports this amendment.

The president supports charter schools, but this amendment is neither about charter schools, nor school choice. It is about money and giving Gov. Nathan Deal the power to create state-controlled schools in our community. 

Yesterday the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta joined the list of those opposing Amendment 1 on the ballot. The Atlanta Tea Party has also come out against this takeover.

These very different groups join the list of Democrats, Republicans and Independents fighting the creation of a million-dollar government agency controlled by a few folks in Atlanta. 

Vote NO on Amendment 1. A NO vote is a vote for public education and a vote for locally parent-controlled charter schools.

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Dana Teegardin November 01, 2012 at 07:34 PM
MP, One thing almost everyone agrees on is that the charter school amendment is misleading. There is no magic bullet for education, I want to see more charter schools but I will vote no because Amendment 1 is weak and I know from experience local control is key. Changing the Georgia constitution and not addressing the problems we know about is irresponsible.
MP November 01, 2012 at 07:38 PM
@ Dana, What is misleading about it? You CLAIM the state can "already" authorize on appeals. If this is true, then the ballot contains the local and state's role in this process AND the voter will simply be affirming this in an explicit manner that cannot be interpreted in any other way and cannot be legally challenged. Why do you dispute the amendment language then?
MP November 04, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Well, it's been several days, and it looks, for all intents and purposes, that neither Rep. Wilkerson and Dana Teegardin can answer the tough questions when pressed. Those considering how to vote, please consider those not willing to engage, not willing to adequately articulate responses to the tough questions, or not willing to answer them at all...do they really have a good argument?
David Wilkerson November 04, 2012 at 01:28 AM
MP, Our lack is response is due to the name calling and tone of your comments. I appreciate your opinion and am willing to discuss this important issue with anyone. People can reach me at 770-891-9736 (cell) with questions.
MP November 04, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I haven't called you any names, and my tone reflects impatience with a disingenuous opposition who does not publish truthful informAtion. I do find it interesting you won't put a response in writing...not for me, but for others following the article.

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