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BOE members take stand on amendment
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Oct 17, 2012 | 959 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In addition to the candidates for state, local, and national elections, Georgia’s Nov. 6 ballot contains two constitutional amendments to be approved or denied by voters.

Amendment 2, listed second on the ballot, is the simpler of the two pertaining to real estate rental by government agencies. An explanation of the amendment by Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Secretary of State Brian Kemp stated the proposal authorizes the agencies to enter into rental agreements without obligating current funds for the full term of the agreement.

That clarification allows the agencies to negotiate multiyear contracts and reduce operating costs for the state.

Amendment 1 is more difficult to understand, partially because its wording may be misleading. The amendment asks to change the constitution to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the requests of local communities.

The problem is the question does not let voters know that charter schools may already be approved by local boards of education nor does it speak to how the state charter schools would be funded.

This amendment would actually bypass local boards not in favor of opening of a charter school and then fund the school out of the same pool of money as the local school system.

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