Elizabeth Poythress, President of the League of Women Voters of Georgia, announced recently that the state organization has voted to oppose the proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools that will appear on the ballot this November, and is urging all its members to vote NO on the issue.

Poythress said, “We believe this proposal is not in the best interest of the children of Georgia or the taxpayers of Georgia. It is unwise, wasteful, and not in the best long term interests of the State of Georgia.

We believe it is bad public policy to create a duplicate school system tha will, in the words of the Georgia Supreme Court, ‘compete with locally controlled schools for the same pool of students educated with the same limited pool of tax funds.'”

The League of Women Voters of Georgia is firmly committed to public education, and equal access to quality education for all the children of Georgia. We also believe that locally elected officials are best suited to decide matters of local policy that so directly affect their constituents and their communities.

This proposal is unwise and wasteful, and we urge the voters of Georgia to vote NO in November on this proposal to amend the state constitution.

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